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Port Colborne Historic and Marine Museum


The Port Colborne Historic and
Marine Museum and Heritage Village

museum buildingHours: 12 noon - 5 pm daily (including holidays), May - December.
Admission: Free





Go back in time and experience life as it was for our ancestors. More than a museum, this facility is a heritage village comprised of several different buildings.

The Georgian revival-style home that once belonged to John and Maria Judith Williams on land surveyed by Welland Canal founder William Hamilton Merritt. It now houses local historical and marine artifacts.

The Carriage House, circa 1870, part of the original Williams estate and features the couple’s daughter, Arabella’s horse-drawn carriage.

Notable buildings moved and reconstructed on the King Street site include:

  • What is believed to be the first log schoolhouse built in Humberstone Township (established 1835)
  • A log home furnished to portray the Pennsylvania-German Mennonite lifestyle of the 1850s, originally built by John and Sally Sherk (a summer kitchen was added in 1983)
  • The blacksmith shop, built to represent F.W. Woods and Sons’ operation that served the canal trade in the 1880s, was also relocated to the site from the Port Colborne Quarries property in 1984

For more information, visit the Port Colborne Museum.


The Marine Exhibit Lighthouse

The Marine Exhibit Lighthouse houses marine artifacts and ship models, and research by appointment is offered for the Museums Reserve Collection.

The Museum, Heritage Village and Gift Shop
280 King St.
Port Colborne, ON


Come out for the annual summer opening of Arabella’s Tea Room (part of a 1915 Edwardian Cottage), for a delightful afternoon tea, homemade biscuits and jam - a popular outing for visitors who also come to view the exhibits.

Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm daily, June to September.
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Port Colborne Heritage Sites
(and Welland Canal)

Get up close with a self-guided walking tour through 36 heritage homes and properties in Port Colborne and 11 sites of Welland Canal. The Historic Port Colborne Brochure and the Historic Welland Canal Brochures provide overviews, photos and maps.

  • Port Colborne Historic Homes, Sites and Properties - Download
  • Historic Welland Canal - Download

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