St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre


hsd is proud to announce the completion of our latest Canadian project: a Museum Interpretive Plan for the revitalization of the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

The unique museum is perched overlooking Lock 3 of the historic Welland Canal in St. Catharines, Ontario and has told the story of the city and the crucially important waterway since its initial founding in 1965.

Inspired by a desire to broaden the scope of their stories to include content relevant to local Indigenous and immigrant communities, while also finding a way to display more of their collection to the public, the museum engaged hsd in August of 2018. After a series of three design phases spanning just under a year, hsd delivered the updated interpretive strategy in the fall, with final approval of the new plan being accepted by St. Catharines City Council on September 9th.

The new strategy will reorganize visitor flow through the museum while focusing on refined themes that explore St. Catharines’ socio-political, community, cultural and physical landscape. Development on the museum has already kicked-off and will be phased in over the next several years.

You can follow our progress on this and other projects on twitter @haleysharpe or LinkedIn. You can also follow updates from the museum directly on twitter @StCMusuem.