Education Programs

Education Programs 2017-2018

Consider Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House your community classroom, where history comes to life in inspiring and enriching ways. For school groups, our programs are designed to support the learning objectives of the Ontario curriculum at each level, and have been updated to align with inquiry-based learning practices. For community groups, our programs provide unique, engaging life-long learning opportunities.


For education program bookings and inquiries, please complete an Education Program Request Form and submit to We will do our very best to get back to you in a timely manner regarding availability.


  • $5 per participant, per program (unless otherwise noted).
  • $7.50 per participant for two programs on the same day.
  • $40 minimum fee. Liability insurance fees may apply.
  • Cancellation of a booked program/tour must be received two business days in advance or a charge of $40 will be assessed.
  • Payment by VISA, MasterCard, debit, cash or cheque payable to Guelph Museums is required in advance.
  • $20 administration fee will apply if payment is not received on or before the booking date.
  • For groups of children, teachers and adult chaperones are admitted free. We require one adult chaperone for every six children. Due to space limitations at McCrae House, there is a limit of 30 people (total participants and chaperones) per program at that site.


Explore the 2017-2018 Education Brochure


At the Civic Museum:

My First Museum Visit
Preschool, JK and SK – 60 minutes
Engaging play-based learning / Belonging and Contributing
Experience the museum through stories, crafts, puppets and play in our Families Gallery.

Games and Toys Through Time and Across Cultures
Grades K to 4 – 90 minutes
Heritage and Identity / Science and Technology
Investigate toys from our past and from different cultures, discovering their purposes, properties, history, and cultural significance. As a souvenir of your learning experience, make a toy to take home.

Growing Guelph
Preschool to Grade 3 – 90 minutes
People and Environments / Heritage and Identity
Discover the human and natural evolution and diversity of Guelph, tracing changes in animal and human populations through the real-life stories of local First Nations, Settler, Victorian-era, and post-Second World War children.

Behind These Stone Walls
Grades 1 to 12 – 90 minutes
The Local Community / Heritage and Identity / Communities in Canada / Creating Canada / History Identity and Culture
Guelph Civic Museum is home to over 45,000 artifacts and thousands of stories about this great city. Put on your historian and curator caps and head behind the scenes into the museum storage vaults to investigate artifacts and the stories they tell.

Cool to be Canadian
Grades 1 to 6 – 90 minutes
Available October 3, 2017 to February 23, 2018
Heritage and Identity / People and Environments
Celebrate Canada while exploring Canadian symbols, geography, history, entertainment, and more. Coincides with the exhibition Canadian Eh? A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols, organized and circulated by Museum London.

Civic Museum Guided Tours

Tour our permanent exhibitions with our knowledgeable staff or take in one of these special exhibitions:

To the Gathering Place — until February 25, 2018
From the Attawandaron Nation to the most recent newcomers from across the globe, discover stories of those who have shaped and enriched our community and found new beginnings in Guelph.

Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols — September 23, 2017 to February 25, 2018
Through art and artifacts, explore the official and unofficial signs and symbols that communicate our history, culture, and distinct national identity. Organized and circulated by Museum London.

Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World — March 10 to June 10, 2018
Today’s technological, urbanized culture meets the natural world in this exhibition of digital photography created by Guelph youth. A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums.

Voices from the Engraver — June 1 to September 2, 2018
Experience the creative process, technical skill, and artistry that underlies the production of Canadian stamps and bank notes. An exhibition produced by the Bank of Canada Museum in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History.

Cursive: Reading and Writing the Old School Way — June 16 to September 2, 2018
Ancient cultures the world over developed expressive systems of writing that persisted and evolved into the 21st century. This exhibition traces the history of penmanship, never more compelling than in the digital age.


At McCrae House:

The First World War Remembered
Grades 1 to 12 – 90 minutes
Heritage and Identity / People and Environments / Canada 1890-1914: A Changing Society / Canada 1914-1929 / World History since 1900
Trace the experience of Canadians during the First World War through exploration of life in the trenches, hands-on study of First World War artifacts and uniforms and reflection on John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.

John McCrae: Doctor, Soldier, Poet
Grades 5 to 12 – 90 minutes
Heritage and Identity / People and Environments / Canada: 1890-1914: A Changing Society / Canada 1914-1929 / Canadian History since World War One / History, Identity and Culture / World History since 1900
Investigate the life of John McCrae by experimenting with basic surgical techniques, exploring the kit of a First World War soldier, and writing prose relating to the Great War.

Canada at War: The Guelph-Wellington Experience
Grades 7, 8 and 10 – Full Day, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Available Thursday, May 17
$8 Per Student
Guelph Armoury, Welling County Museum and Archives and McCrae House
· Canada 1800–1850: Conflict and Challenges
· 1890–1914: A Changing Society / Canadian History Since World Wars
During this unforgettable day-long exploration of Canadian military history, visit three sites to witness demonstrations, participate in hands-on experiences and meet with veterans, re-enactors, active soldiers and military experts. Learn about Aboriginal warrior societies, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, First and Second World Wars and more recent military engagements.


In the Community:

Historic Downtown Guelph Walk
Grades 4 to 12 – 90 minutes
Guelph Civic Museum and Downtown Guelph
People and Environments / Heritage and Identity / Canada, 1800-1850 / Creating Canada, 1850-1890 / Challenge and Change in Society
Take a guided walking tour, discovering where Guelph began, how the city has grown and changed, and who contributed to the formation of the city.

Tales Among the Tombstones
Grades 4 to 12 – 90 minutes
Woodlawn Memorial Park
People and Environments / Heritage and Identity / Canada 1800-1850 / Creating Canada 1850-1890 / History Identity Culture
Uncover a wealth of information through the fascinating stories of those interred at Guelph’s historic Woodlawn Memorial Park. This guided walking tour and field study includes examination of symbolism, epitaphs and burial practices, along with a hands-on graphing or gravestone rubbing activity.

Classroom and Community Visits

The museum will come to you! Our museum educators are available to provide presentations* on:

  • The History of Guelph
  • Growing Guelph
  • The First World War
  • The Life and Times of John McCrae
  • Two Guelph Soldiers in the Great War
  • Great Guelphites

*$40.00 per hour + HST (plus mileage if outside of Guelph)