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Plan a School Visit

The website of the Canadian Museum of History offers online exhibitions, web modules, games and other activities to support teaching and learning across your curriculum.

These include pre- and post-visit activities, a program outline and detailed curriculum connections for each school program.

Teacher Overviews for programs offered in the Canadian Children’s Museum

Baker, “Knead” a Hand?
Music Works!

Teacher Overviews for programs offered in the Canadian Museum of History

Traces of History: The Legacy of Residential Schools – NEW
Exploring and Sorting Natural Materials – NEW
The People of New France: Forging Relationships, Changing Landscapes
An Ancient Bond with the Land
Traditions of the Anishinabe (Algonquin)
The Women and Men of the Fur Trade
Think Like a Historian
History in Your Hands
Guided tour: Grand Tour of the Museum

Gallery Activity Sheets

It’s Your History!
Teacher Overview
Student Activity Sheet

Artifact Hunt in the First Peoples Hall
Teacher Overview
Student Activity Sheet

Printed copies are available at the cost of $1 per sheet, when you book your group.

Workshops – NEW

Museums and Your Classroom: Educator Workshops
Half-day workshops, from November to April
9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.

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Explore how the Canadian Museum of History connects to your classroom curriculum.

Historical Thinking theory is the foundation of today’s new classroom curricula. Learn how museums can help you and your students during our educator workshops for kindergarten to Grade 12 (Secondary 5 in Quebec) teachers and museology students. This half-day enrichment experience will introduce you to our school programs, connect museum content to your curriculum, explore Historical Thinking concepts, and demonstrate how museums can serve as valuable curriculum resources.

All workshops include a presentation by a Learning Specialist, along with a school program to show you how we have adapted Historical Thinking concepts and school curricula to our programming.

Book your workshop at 819-776-7014. The cost is the price of admission plus $1 per participant, which includes participation in a school program. The minimum group size is 15 people.

Online Resources

The Virtual Museum of New France invites students to discover what drew the French to North America. Students follow missionaries, cartographers, soldiers and coureurs des bois who explore New France with Aboriginal allies as the colony expands. They also join Canada’s first European inhabitants in their daily activities and learn about their culture and civilization.

Online Exhibitions features web modules for students at all grade levels, from preschoolers to senior high school students. The modules cover topics as wide-ranging as the work of folklorist Marius Barbeau, Aboriginal heritage and Canadian immigration, and many of them include specially designed games and activities that young people will find both entertaining and educational.

Visit our most popular online modules:

Kichi Sibi: Tracing our Region’s Ancient History, Kichi Sibi, which means great river in the Algonquin language, provides an overview of the ancient history of the Ottawa Valley using artifacts found in the region.

Face-to-Face in the Classroom is an educational program that brings students face to face with 27 fascinating people whose decisions, actions and accomplishments shaped Canada.

Mysteries of Egypt is designed to enhance your classroom study of world civilizations. Students will learn about daily life in ancient Egypt and explore that civilization’s influence on the modern world.

Greece: Secrets of the Past explores the rich legacies of the ancient Greeks.

Souvenirs of Canada presents objects from the Museum’s collection that recall images, events and people from the past — memories that are part of the legacy that has shaped us.

Inside History
Get the inside scoop! Stay connected with the Museum through our newsletter, “Inside History”. Fascinating stories about the people and artifacts behind your national human history museum.

Plan Your Visit

Bookings

Our Call Centre agents are available to take your booking and answer any of your questions, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Please call 819-776-7014 or 1-800-555-5621, or email us at: information@historymuseum.ca

Hours

The Museum is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout most of the school year, Thursdays until 8 p.m. For information on seasonal variations of our hours of operation, please call 819-776-7014 or 1-800-555-5621. Please note that the Museum will be closed from January 8 to 12, 2018 for annual maintenance.

Arrival

We recommend that your group arrives a minimum of 20 minutes before the scheduled start of your program. If you arrive at the Museum late, we cannot guarantee your reserved program or tour. In the event of inclement weather or other unexpected delays, please call en route to advise our Call Centre at 819-776-7014 or 1-800-555-5621. Once your group is at the Group Entrance, please have one of your representatives check in at the ticket desk. Students will receive a brief welcome and orientation to the Museum before proceeding with their visit or program.

Adult Supervision

Teachers and parent helpers have an important role to play. We rely on your support to keep the group together during your program or tour, to solve any discipline problems that may arise, and to participate in smaller group work.

Note: Adult chaperones (within the obligatory ratio) pay the group student rate. Any additional adults pay the regular group adult rates.

Canadian Museum of History

1 adult for every 10 students

Canadian Children’s Museum

1 adult for every 5 students

CINE+

1 adult for every 20 students

Food

If your group is planning to stay for lunch, the Museum has a full-service café, where hot lunches, sandwiches, and snacks can be purchased. The Panorama Café offers group menus. Contact our Call Centre for more information on options and prices. If you wish to bring your own food, the Museum has a lunchroom at your disposal, next to the Group Entrance. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend that you reserve your places upon arrival.

Personal Belongings

Storage lockers located in the Group Entrance area will be assigned to your group, free of charge.

Accessibility

The Museum is fully accessible. Should your group have any special needs, please mention them when you make your booking.

School Access Program

The Canadian Museum of History is pleased to offer a School Access Program. Schools that meet the criteria for participation are eligible for assistance towards a school program at the Canadian Museum of History, or the Canadian War Museum. For further information, please contact our Call Centre at 819-776-7014 or 1-800-555-5621 or email us at information@historymuseum.ca.

The School Access Program is made possible by the generous support of donors to the Museum.

Additional Information

Not sure what program best suits your needs? Please call 819-776-7014 or 1-800-555-5621 to request further details about a particular program.

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