Educational 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.

We are adapting our program offerings so that we can continue to provide educational services to schools and our community while keeping everyone safe. During these uncertain times, we are here to support educators as best we can. To discuss ideas and requests, contact Ken Irvine, Education Coordinator at [email protected]

John Galt and the Instant City

Mike Ford & Murray Foster

A video-streamed history musical exploring the founding of Guelph in a new light.

Available at no cost until June 30, 2021.

Guelph’s founding story traditionally centred on John Galt’s arrival in Canada in 1827 to build a Scottish settlement. The story celebrated the building of a vibrant colony. It did not convey the destructive impact of colonization on Indigenous Peoples who lived on this land from time immemorial.

John Galt and the Instant City reconsiders the founding story of Guelph, sparking critical thinking about our past, illuminating truth, and inspiring action towards reconciliation.

Recommended for Grades 7 to 12. 60 minutes.

Curriculum Links

  • Canada, 1800-1850: Conflict and Challenge
  • Canada, 1982-Present
  • Origins and Citizenship: The History of a Canadian Ethnic Group
  • Canada: History, Identity and Cultures

Funded in part by Musagetes Fund, a grant from the Guelph Community Foundation and Government of Canada, Museum Assistance Program

Filmed on location at River Run Centre by Ward 1 Studios.

To book your program

To access the video stream, send a request to [email protected] or call 519-836-1221 ext. 3552, indicating the grade level and number of students anticipated to view the video.

Museum Dailies

A daily video series for young (and young-at-heart) learners

Available at no cost at Museum Everywhere and @guelphmuseums on Facebook and YouTube

View from the classroom or from home, and engage in Museum-inspired activities that encourage hands-on learning with a different theme each day:

Monday        Great Guelphites!

Tuesday        Collection Crawl

Wednesday  Museum of You

Thursday      Museum Makers

Friday           Closer Look


Museum Everywhere

Lectures, science challenges, musical performances, and more at your fingertips

Available at no cost at Museum Everywhere

Access a variety of educational programs anytime, from anywhere. Check back regularly for new additions.

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