St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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  • GrandTour73439
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check the vessel schedule before you go!
    My family visited here recently. The volunteer information guide, Christopher, was walking around on the viewing deck answering all our questions about the ship passing through. He was incredibly knowledgeable and chatting with him significantly enhanced our experience, far more than info we got from the paid staff inside. Call ahead and ask for the link to the vessel schedule.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Stacey W
    Milton, Pennsylvania222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting!
    This was a happy surprise! We were in the area for another reason and met a couple who explained the locks and directed us to the museum. We were fortunate that there was a ship in the lock when we arrived.. We briefly went into the museum, and we were able to watch the shop leave. It's just very unique experience that we didn't plan on doing!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative
    We visited the museum on June 28. There is parking next to the museum, no entrance fee just a donation. The exhibits are about Lacrosse, St Catharines and the construction of the canal between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. If you are lucky, you will see a ship entering the lock. Next to the museum is a monument to the workers who lost their lives building the canal.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • PhotoDudeIII
    Toronto, Canada59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If You're In St. Catharines...
    Interesting museum about the building of the Welland Canal. Try and time your visit to when a ship is actually going through the lock - that is quite a site. On the same premises there is also a museum about the history of St. Catharines, and another museum about the history of Lacrosse.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Martha H
    Chester, Virginia26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Interesting Visit!
    A wonderful visit to the museum. Katlyn was outstanding, a wealth of good information. She was so kind and helpful. Great books to choose from and a nice selection of maple products for sale in the museum shop.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 26, 2024
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78brentp
St. Catharines, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
I had some family visit from out of town so we decided to check out the museum. There was lots of cool information about the history of St.Catharines as well as some historical artifacts on display. At the time there was an exhibition highlighting how the spanish flu influenced residents in the area. It was a great idea to show how this massive global phenomenom affected people at the local level. The staff were lovely and very helpful. Only thing is that the video that we watched was a bit cheesy and dated, but can't complain since it's a free museum. Overall it's a nice place to visit if you're interested in local history.
Written February 12, 2020
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E-to-W_n_back
Guelph, Canada72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The viewing platform is a great way to see down onto a ship from close proximity. The platform can get busy - in which case good visibility would be hard for children.

The platform has stairs but is also accessible for those with limited mobility using the elevator in the building.
Written July 9, 2020
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David D
St. Catharines, Canada35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The St. Catharines museum opened its doors to the public to get a glimpse of St. Catharines past. We were taken downstairs where so much memorabilia is stored in temperature controlled rooms. Very little was available to touch but that is completely understandable. The tour guides were pleasant and informative. I highly suggest a visit.
Written May 13, 2020
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Richard F
Brampton, Canada323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Many things to learn about the seaway, how it works and its economic history. The Museum offers some interesting historical bits on the history of the region and the Canal. I did not know the geography of the land and that there was such a difference between Lake Ontario and the other great lakes, although we can see the drop at Niagara.
Written October 27, 2020
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We visited the museum on June 28. There is parking next to the museum, no entrance fee just a donation. The exhibits are about Lacrosse, St Catharines and the construction of the canal between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
If you are lucky, you will see a ship entering the lock.
Next to the museum is a monument to the workers who lost their lives building the canal.
Written August 18, 2023
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Andre T
Toronto, Canada184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
After having a wonderful lunch at George’s Greek Village, my cousin and I visited this museum. No entry fee but donations accepted. There were different rooms with their unique exhibits. They were exquisite and very informative and quite elaborate, The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and museum part of it is a must see. The outdoor catwalk with the view on the canal is an added bonus. Had to get magnet and hat as a souvenir from the shop. My cousin refrained from touching artifacts this time 🙂
Written September 15, 2022
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Mike R
Indianapolis, IN66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Somewhat interesting museum centered around the construction of the Welland Canal from lake Ontario to Lake Eire. A lot of items concerning lacrosse and Native Americans. Adjacent to Lock #3, where 10 or so huge ships pass through every 24 hours. Marvelous sight if you can catch one
Written September 22, 2022
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PhotoDudeIII
Toronto, Canada59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Interesting museum about the building of the Welland Canal. Try and time your visit to when a ship is actually going through the lock - that is quite a site. On the same premises there is also a museum about the history of St. Catharines, and another museum about the history of Lacrosse.
Written December 26, 2023
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3.

We will learn all about the Canals.

All about the historic of the Canals and they exists still.

We will see a ship coming at the Canals Centre at Lock 3

We will also learn about history

It is a must see!
Written April 11, 2021
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Stacey W
Milton, PA222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was a happy surprise! We were in the area for another reason and met a couple who explained the locks and directed us to the museum. We were fortunate that there was a ship in the lock when we arrived.. We briefly went into the museum, and we were able to watch the shop leave. It's just very unique experience that we didn't plan on doing!
Written August 5, 2023
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