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 [email protected] or 519-836-1221 ext. 2774
Self-Guided Museum Tours
We welcome your group at McCrae House and the Civic Museum for self-guided experiences. We provide an orientation at the start of your visit, and materials and suggested activities to make the most of your time at the museum.
McCrae House is the birthplace of Lt. Col. John McCrae, doctor, soldier and writer of In Flanders Fields. Exhibitions at this site focus on McCrae’s life in Guelph, his artistic pursuits, his medical and military service, and the impact of his legacy. The museum provides space for reflection and contemplation, inside and in the outdoor gardens.
The Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and featured exhibitions, including interactive installations in the Families Gallery, the City Gallery, and the Where the Rivers Meet display.
Feature exhibitions at the Civic Museum include:
- Rapid Response: Collecting Experiences as they are Lived (until February 27)
- #HopeAndHealing, Tracey-Mae Chambers (until February 27)
- Moving Histories, Neighbourhood Mysteries (March 12 to September 4)
- Memory Cycle: Re-Sonified Artifacts (until April 17)
- Witnessing War (April 30 to December 4)
- Iron Willed: Women in STEM (September 17 to February 20)
- Witchcraft (December 17, 2022 to September 10, 2023)
Guelph Civic Museum and/or McCrae House
$6 per person; teachers and chaperones admitted free
To book your program
To book your program, send a request to [email protected] or call 519-836-1221 ext. 3552, indicating the grade level and number of students anticipated in your group.
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, 2022.
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.
- 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.
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