St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3, St. Catharines

Located right next to the Welland Canal, St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3 offers both a fun and educational experience. Learn about the construction of the canal and its development over the past 150 years, and discover how ships use the canal to avoid Niagara Falls. Go to the elevated viewing platform and watch the ships pass through the canal. Explore the museum with its numerous artifacts and exhibits related to ships and transportation in the area. If the weather's good, visit the outdoor exhibits, then settle down for a relaxing picnic on the site. Put St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3 and other St. Catharines attractions into our St. Catharines vacation maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A very good place to get up close to the large ships and learn about the locks. Great museum and gift shop.  more »
  • This is a great area museum. And they do not charge! Lots of history and very well laid out. Friendly staff. Would recommend if in area.  more »
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  • This place is awesome. Lots of historical items to view and things to read. If visual isn't enough for you they have audio too! Photography is allowed. Has observation lounge and decks so you can watch ships pass through lock 3 inside or outside. Has a small snack bar with coffee machine and light snacks, and a neat gift shop. Worth a visit for sure. While no admission fee per say, a donation of $4 per person is good. (Or more if you like!) ALSO they have the actual red ryder carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle from the cult classic movie 'A Christmas Story' and really, how cool is that.
  • I didn't know about this museum until a few months ago. It is free to visit (they do accept donations) and we thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits. There is plenty to see but not so much that it's overwhelming. The location on the canal is lovely and it would be a beautiful spot to visit in the good weather.
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