Education Programs

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.

Bookings

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

Fees

  • $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
  • Self-guided exploration of the Museum before or after the program is included in the fee
  • Teachers, education assistants, and classroom volunteers are admitted free
  • Payment by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, debit, cash or cheque payable to Guelph Museums is required in advance
  • Cancellations must be received two business days in advance or a $40 cancellation fee applies
  • $20 administration fee will apply if payment is not received on or before the booking date

Booking Terms

  • For groups of children, 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.
  • Programs are available during regular museum hours, as well as during evenings and weekends.

Explore the 2018-2019 Education Offerings

At the Civic Museum

NEW Create Your Own Guelph History Adventure!
Grades K to 3 – 90 Minutes
Design a program to suit the needs of your students. Choose any three of five possible activities. Each activity is 30 minutes in length.

Activities:

  • Brown Bats, Beavers and Bees, oh my! – Learn about the animals native to Guelph and the surrounding region through the use of puppet play and inquiry-based education kits.
  • Building Guelph – A guided exploration of Guelph’s built structures including storytelling and a build-and-create activity using a broad range of materials.
  • This Land is Their Land – Through hands-on artifact study, students will learn about Indigenous foods, animals, and transport before European settlement.
  • Royal City Families Gallery – Full immersion into Guelph’s local history through lived stories of Indigenous, Settler, Victorian-era, and post-Second World War children.
  • Growing Guelph – Discover the animals and people who lived in this region before the founding of Guelph in 1827.

Curriculum Links :
Kindergarten Belonging and Contributing – 1.2, 5.2
Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour – 1.7, 1.8
Problem Solving and Innovating – 1.2, 1.4, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
Grade 1: Heritage and Identity – A2.1, A2.5
People and Environments – B3.1, B3.2, B3.3
Grade 2: Heritage and Identity – A1.3, A2.1, A2.2, A3.2, A3.6
Grade 3: Heritage and Identity – A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A3.3, A3.1, A3.6, A3.7, B1.1, B1.2
Science / Understanding – 3.5, 3.6, 3.8

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

Curriculum Links:
Kindergarten Belonging and Contributing – 1.2, 5.2
Problem Solving and Innovating – 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
Grade 1: Heritage and Identity – A2.1, A2.5, B1.1, B2.1
Grade 2: People and Environments – B1.1, B1.2, B2.4
Heritage and Identity – A1.1, A1.3, A2.1, A2.3, A2.5, A3.6, A3.7
Grade 3: Social Studies People and Environments – B1.1, B3.5, B3.6
Heritage and Identity – A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A3.4, A3.3, A3.6, A3.7
Grade 4: People and Environments – B3.2

NEW From Fibre to Fashion
Grades 8 to 11 – 90 minutes
The clothing collection at Guelph Museums spans 190 years of fashion history. Go behind-the-scenes in this experiential program to see how this collection is preserved. Learn to card and spin wool and to wash and care for clothing in the pioneer tradition. Try your hand at dressing a mannequin in heritage clothing from our education collection.

Curriculum Links:
Grade 8: Creating Canada – A3.1, A3.5
A Changing Society – B3.4
Grade 10: Clothing – A1.1, A1.2, A1.3
Influences on Clothing Choices – B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.2
Making Knowledgeable Decisions – C1.1, C1.2, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1, C3.2, C3.3
Design and Clothing Construction Skills – D1.1, D1.2, D2.1
Grade 11: Understanding Fashion – A1.1, A1.2, A1.3
Influences on Fashion – B1.2, B2.1, B2.2, B3.1, B3.3
Design and Fashion Construction Skills – D1.1, D1.2, D2.1

Local Government Week
Grade 5 – 90 minutes
Available October 9 to October 19, 2018
City Hall – Guelph Civic Museum
Free – Spaces are limited

Book at Eventbrite.ca using keywords Visit City Hall, Guelph / Local Government Week
Meet the mayor or a city councillor at City Hall and then visit the Museum to learn about local government.

Curriculum Links:
Grade 5: People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship – B2.5, B2.6, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4
Grade 10: Local Government Programs can be booked outside of these dates (regular fees apply)

NEW Sons of 17
Grades 7 to 12 – 105 minutes (includes performance and tour)
One Day Only – Friday, November 9, 2018
Performances at 10:00 AM / 1:00 PM
Tours at 9:15 AM / 11:15 AM / 12:15 PM / 2:15
Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House
$10 per student – Performances limited to 70 / Tours limited to 35

On the centenary of the Armistice, the Museum offers two special performances of Sons of 17, a musical remembrance by Mike Ford (Moxy Früvous) and Murray Foster (Moxy Früvous, Great Big Sea). The performance tells the story of an unlikely pair of musicians who meet in Guelph during the spring of 1917 to rehearse songs for soldier recruitment, all while revealing home front emotions, opinions and diversions of the time. Tours of McCrae House are offered before and after each performance.

Curriculum Links:

Grade 5: People and Environments – B3.1, B3.2, B3.4, B3.6, B3.7
Grade 6: Heritage and Identity – A1.3, A2.1
Grade 7: Canada 1800–1850 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 7: Conflict and Challenges – B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5, B3.6
Grade 8: Canada 1890–1914 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.1, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 8: Canada, a Changing Society – B1.3, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 10: Canada Since WW1 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B3.1
Grade 11: World History Since 1900 – B1.1, B2.1, B2.2, B2.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 12: Canada 1867–1945 – D2.2, D1.5, D1.4, D1.5, D1.6, D2.2, D2.3, D3.1

NEW STEM Week: The Physics of Life – video preview 
Grades 6 to 8 – 90 minutes
Available November 26 – 29, 2018
Daily 10:00 – 11:30 AM / 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Guelph Civic Museum
Regular Registration Rates Apply – Spaces Are Limited

In collaboration with the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph, the Museum offers a week of interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for grade 6/7/8 students to learn about biodiversity, mechanics of flight, physics of space exploration and astronomy, and electricity and electrical devices. Participants will experience fun and educational activities designed by current undergraduate students in the department of physics, while interacting one-on-one with professors, lecturers, and graduate student volunteers.

Curriculum Links:

Grade 6: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms – Flight
Understanding Matter and Energy – Electricity and Electrical Devices
Understanding Earth and Space Systems – Space

Grade 7: Understanding Life Systems – Interactions in the Environment
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms – Form and Function
Understanding Matter and Energy – Pure Substances and Mixtures
Understanding Earth and Space Systems – Heat in the Environment

Grade 8: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms – Systems In Action
Understanding Matter and Energy – Fluids
Understanding Earth and Space Systems – Water Systems

NEW No Word for Art: Exploring the Indigenous Roots of Creativity
Grades 4 to 8 – 120 minutes (including 20 minute break)
Available April 8 – 12, 2019
Daily 9:30 – 11:30 AM / 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Guelph Civic Museum
$15 per student (material costs extra)
Each session is limited to 30 participants

In collaboration with Chippewas of Nawash artist Naomi Smith (from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario), the Museum offers a week of hands-on creative programming in the ways of the First Nations people. Taught through the history and practice of traditional beadwork, participants will explore Indigenous creative processes and Traditional Teachings. Smith will lead the students on a historical journey (20 minutes) and a tour of the exhibition Indianized (20 minutes). The students will then create their own hair-pipe bracelet ($10 per participant) or deer-hide medicine bag ($20 per participant).

Naomi Smith’s exhibition, titled Indianized, is an exploration of everyday objects that she has embellished using traditional Indigenous artwork and symbols. Her beadworks reflect that we live in a world where materialism is no longer about practical functionality, where logos and brands have become the symbols that define our importance in society. Indianized adds to this phenomena in unusual and visually intriguing ways, without losing sight of the time-honoured Traditions of the Woodlands First Nations.

Curriculum Links:

Grade 4: Heritage and Identity: Early Societies, 3000 BCE – 1500 CE
Visual Arts: Creating and Presenting / Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing / Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 5: Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and early Canada
People and Environments: The role of Government and responsible Citizenship
Visual Arts: Creating and Presenting / Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing / Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 6: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present
People and Environments: Canada’s interactions with the global community
Visual Arts: Creating and Presenting / Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing / Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 7: New France and British North America, 1713–1800
Canada, 1800–1850: Conflict and Challenges
Visual Arts: Creating and Presenting / Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing / Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Grade 8: Creating Canada, 1850–1890
Canada, 1890–1914: A Changing Society
Visual Arts: Creating and Presenting / Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing / Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts

Guided Exhibition Tours:

The Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through semi-permanent and featured exhibitions, including the interactive installations in the Royal City Families Gallery and the City Gallery. Located in the historic Loretto Convent building (established in 1856 and renovated in 2012), the Museum is home to a collection of over 45,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

Featured Exhibition:

NEW From Barley to Beer – Brewing in Guelph, Past to Present
Guided Tours for All Ages – 60 minutes
Education Programs for Grades 9 to 11 – 90 minutes
Self-Guided Tours for All Ages – Unlimited
On display September 15, 2018 to February 24, 2019

Guest curated by Eric Payseur, Brewing Changes Guelph is a special exhibition that examines the social and economic importance of brewing traditions in the Royal City through the rise, fall and resurrection of Guelph breweries. This exhibition focuses on the impact of changes in production, transportation, marketing, gender and policy in Guelph, positioned within current brewing trends in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Brewing Changes Guelph is as much about the present and future of brewing in Guelph as it is about its illustrious past.

Curriculum Links:

Grades 9/10: Food and Nutrition / Food Choices – C1.1, C2.1, C2.2, C2.4, C3.1, C3.2, C3.3
Local and Global Foods – D1.2, D1.4, D3.1
Grade 11: Culture, Foods, and Food practices – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B3.4, B3.6
Eating Patterns and Trends
Food and Culture – C1.3, C3.2, C3.3, C3.4, D1.2, D2.3, D3.1, E1.1, E1.2, E1.3, E1.4

 

At McCrae House:

The First World War Remembered
Grades 1 to 12 – 90 minutes
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. This program is now offered in an exclusive classroom within the refurbished Coach House.

Curriculum Links:
Grade 7: 
Canada 1800–1850 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 8: Canada 1890–1914 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2,  B2.5, B3.1, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5

Canada at War: the Guelph Wellington Experience
Grades 7, 8, 10
Full Day, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
One Day Only – Thursday May, 16, 2019
$8 per student
Guelph Armoury, Wellington County Museum and Archives, and McCrae House

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 Indigenous warrior societies, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, the First and Second World Wars, as well as more recent military engagements.

Curriculum Links:
Grade 7: Canada 1800–1850 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 8: Canada 1890–1914 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.1, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5

In the Community:

Historic Guelph Walking Tour
Public Tours for All Ages – 60 minutes

Education Programs for Grades 4 to 12 – 90 minutes
Guelph Civic Museum and Downtown Guelph
Discover where Guelph began, how the city has changed, and who contributed to its formation on this walking tour of historic downtown Guelph.

Curriculum Links:
Grade 4: 
People and Environments – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.7
Grade 5: People and Environments – B1.1, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.6, B3.7
Grade 6: Heritage and Identity – A1.1, A1.2, A3.2, A3.3, A3.5, A3.7, A3.8
Grade 7: Canada 1800–1850 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 8: Creating Canada 1850–1890 – A2.1, A2.2, A2.5, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5
Canada, 1890–1914 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.5
Grade 9: Issues in Canadian Geography – D1.1, D1.2, D3.1, D3.2, D3.3
Grade 10: Canada, 1914–1929 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B1.4, B2.2, B2.3, B3.1
Canada, 1929–1945 – C1.1, C1.3, C1.4, C2.4, C3.1
Canada, 1945–1982 – D1.1, D1.3, D1.4, D1.5, D3.1, D3.2
Canada, 1982–Present – E1.1, E1.3, E1.4, E3.1, E3.2

Tales Among the Tombstones
Public Tours for All Ages – 60 minutes
Education Programs for Grades 4 to 12 – 90 minutes
Woodlawn Memorial Park

Uncover the fascinating stories of the people 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.

Curriculum Links:
Grade 4: People and Environments – B2.4, B3.7
Grade 5: Heritage and Identity – A2.4, A3.6
Grade 6: Heritage and Identity – A1.2, A3.1, A3.3, A3.4
Grade 7: New France and British North America – A1.1
Canada 1800–1850 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B3.4, B3.5
Grade 8: Creating Canada – A3.5
Canada 1890–1914 – B1.2, B1.3, B3.5
Grade 9: Changing Populations – D1.1, D2.1, D3.1, D3.2
Liveable Communities – E2.2
Grade 10: Historical Inquirery and Skill Development – A1.1
Canada 1914–1929 – B2.1
Canada 1929–1945 – C3.1, C3.2
Canada 1945 – 1982 – D3.1, D3.3, D3.6
Grade 11: Geography – Natural and Human Systems – B1.2, B2.2
Dynamics and Change – E2.1, E2.2
History – Origins and Citizenship – D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D3.1
Grade 12: Canada History Identity and Culture – C2.5, C3.1, C3.2, D1.1, D2.1, D3.1, E3.1, E3.4

NEW Hop-On Tours of Historic Guelph
Public Tours for All Ages – 90 minutes
You provide the bus, we provide the guide
Cost: $60
Available Year Round
Touring Guelph by charter bus? Hire a Guelph Museums’ guide to hop on and lead your group on a driving tour of notable sites throughout historic Guelph. The tour includes Guelph’s founding site, the birthplace of John McCrae, Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, Locomotive 6167, City Hall, and more!

Community Talks and Classroom Visits:

Public Tours for All Ages

Cost: $40 (plus mileage if outside of Guelph)
The museum will come to you.
Museum educators are available to provide interactive 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