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Overview of School Program Offerings

The Canadian Museum of History offers a wide range of school programs that encourage students to pursue a deeper understanding of the people, places and events that have shaped Canada. The Museum features a number of exhibitions and is home to the Canadian Children’s Museum and CINÉ+. Our wide range of world-class attractions enables us to offer a broad selection of programs tailored to your needs and those of your students.

The Canadian Museum of History offers meaningful learning experiences designed to support teachers in providing exceptional history education. Based on the principles of critical thinking, these programs provide access to material history, problem-solving activities and creative opportunities for students to communicate their findings. Museums share history through the stories they tell, and these programs aim at ensuring that your students come away with a greater understanding of the human stories behind historical events. Our programs closely match Ontario and Quebec curricula in the areas of Social Studies, History and Geography.

Learning Experiences

Our four programming formats offer you and your students a wide range of learning experiences in a variety of environments. Each of these programming formats – described below – emphasizes core competencies such as teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and accommodates visual, kinesthetic and auditory learning styles.

School Programs

These 45-minute hands-on sessions are held in one of the Museum’s ateliers, where students investigate a “big idea” using primary and secondary sources (archival images, replica artifacts and living history collections).

In-Gallery Explorations

Whet your students’ historical curiosity through interactive explorations of the Canadian History Hall. Props, games, and stories will spark their imaginations while making Canadian history accessible. Discover Canada’s past today.

Guided Tour

Students are taken on an engaging 45-minute guided tour throughout the Museum.

Gallery Activity Sheets

Students explore the Museum galleries using printed tools.


Book Your Visit

Step 1 : Choose

Choose your activity and a preferred date and time as well as alternate selections, should your first choice not be available.

Step 2 : Contact

Contact our Call Centre Agents a minimum of three weeks ahead of time to organize your visit. Program space is often limited, so we encourage you to contact us as early as possible.

THERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO BOOK YOUR VISIT:

PLEASE HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION READY WHEN YOU CALL:

  • Number of participants, grade level(s), language preference (English or French)
  • Preferred and alternate activities, dates and times
  • Name, complete mailing address, telephone, email and fax number of group leader
  • Credit card number and expiry date

Step 3 : Confirm

A reservation confirmation will be sent to you. To confirm your booking, you must sign and return the confirmation within five days by fax to 819-776-8279.

Group Admission and School Program Fees

School Visits

Payment

Payment may be made in cash, by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex), by traveller’s cheque or by cheque made payable to the Canadian Museum of History (please indicate the reservation number on the cheque).

CINÉ+ long feature films: a premium may be added to the CINÉ+ regular admission fee for a feature-length film.

Cancellations

There is no charge for schools that cancel due to inclement weather. Under all other circumstances, our Call Centre must be notified in writing two weeks before any change or cancellation of reservation. If changes or cancellations are not communicated at least two weeks before your program date, the program’s total cost will be charged to the credit card number provided when the booking was made.

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