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 [email protected] or 519-836-1221 ext. 2774

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Virtual STEM 2021

Available for a limited time only:
Tuesday, November 30 – 1 to 2:30 PM
Thursday, December 2 – 1 to 2:30 PM

Have You Ever Wondered …

Have you ever wondered how things work? How space travel is possible? Why some things float and other things sink? How we generate electricity? How sound travels? Let’s discover the answers together!

Led by undergraduate physics students and guided by professors Dr. Joanne O’Meara and the Great Orbax, this online program is designed for students in grades 6-8, as well as community youth groups. Virtual STEM 2021 includes three live science explorations per session, covering subjects rooted in the core STEM threads of the Ontario elementary school curriculum.

a group of kids doing a science experiment in lab coats

This program also features the Memory Cycle exhibition at Guelph Museums. Museum staff will demonstrate how historical artifacts can become sounding devices — transmitters of recorded sound — in this unique intersection of science and history.

Teachers and community group leaders will receive a post-program experiment guide, as well as the opportunity for a follow-up session to meet with the Physics team at the University of Guelph and the Guelph Museums team.

Presented in partnership with the Department of Physics, University of Guelph

Each 90-minute program includes:
Introduction to Guelph Museums and Royal City Science (5 mins.)
Three live science experiments (20 mins. each)
Virtual tour of Memory Cycle (10 mins.)
Two wellness breaks (5 mins. each)

Online through the Google Meet learning platform

$60 per group

Recommended for Grades 6 to 8.

Curriculum Links

  • Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
  • Understanding Matter and Energy
  • Understanding Life Systems
  • Understanding Earth and Space Systems

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.

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.


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