The St. Catharines Museum possess a major collection of artifact, archival, and art material related to the history of St. Catharines and the Welland Canal.
It includes shipping and marine artifacts, industrial and agricultural collections, military, sports, fire fighting, household furnishings, costumes and textiles, and fine art.
An Archives incorporates collections of Library holdings, photographs, maps, plans, municipal, corporate, and personal collections, and individual collections such as: Girl Guides, Fred Pattison Aviation Collection (BCAPT), St. Lawrence Seaway, family papers, marine photographs, Ferranti-Packard, and the DeCew Falls Waterworkds Collection.
Other large collections focus on sports (especially rowing), ships and shipping, the Welland Canals, the grape and wine industry, education, costumes and textiles, fine art, community organizations, newspapers, and land records.
The Museum is grateful for additions to its collections of community history. Those with artifacts, archival items (including photographs, clippings, etc.), and research information, are asked to contact the Curator of Collections.
Archives and Library
A dedicated group of volunteers assist with filing, retrieving reference materials, and answering research requests (a fee may apply). Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.