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]


Remembrance Programs

Guelph Museums offers a safe and inviting way to bring Remembrance learning into your classroom, homeschool, or community gathering with two new online education programs focusing on the First and Second World Wars.

Offered daily between November 3 and 6 and November 9 and 13, these programs are designed for junior and senior students, as well as for adult community groups.

Each session combines pre-recorded vignettes filmed on-site at McCrae House, live instruction with a Museum educator, and a “real time” question-and-answer period. Teachers and leaders will receive pre- and post-program support materials.

 

John McCrae & his dog Bonneau, circa 1916

John McCrae & Bonneau, circa 1916

John McCrae and the First World War

30-minute instruction + 15-minute Q&A
Webex online learning platform
$60 per group

Why do we wear a poppy on November 11th? What inspired John McCrae to write his timeless poem? Trace the experience of Canadians during the First World War through an exploration of life in the trenches, study of artifacts and uniforms, and reflection on John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.

 

A Museum educator will guide your students with stories and artifacts that shed light on the realities of “The Great War.”

GRADES 4 TO 8 CURRICULUM LINKS
Heritage and Identity
People and Environments
Conflict and Challenges
Canada 1890–1914

 

Troops marching up Woolwich Street, 1940s

Troops marching up Woolwich Street, 1940s

Guelph and Canada in the Second World War

40-minute instruction + 20-minute Q&A
Webex online learning platform
$60 per class/group

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Europe, which signaled the end of the Second World War. How did Guelph and Canada face the most destructive global conflict in our history? What sacrifices did Guelphites make to support the war effort? Why were we involved in this global conflict?

A Museum educator will guide your group through this worldwide conflict by sharing pictures, stories, and artifacts from Guelph Museums’ collection.

GRADES 9 TO 12 CURRICULUM LINKS
Heritage and Identity
People and Environments
Conflict and Challenges
Canada 1929–1945

To book your program

For education program bookings and inquiries, please download and complete the Online Education Program Request Form. Submit the completed form to [email protected] or call 519-836-1221 ext. 3552.