Oakville Museum School and Community Programs

The Oakville Museum offers education programs with specific curriculum links to a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. All of our programs are informative, fun and interactive! Each education program includes an introduction to Oakville's founding family, the Chisholms, and a tour of Erchless Estate.

Private guided tours are available year-round for groups of 10 people or more. Tours can be held after hours and fees vary based on group size and time of day. We welcome schools and groups of all ages including Sparks, Guides and Scouts.

For information or to book your group visit contact:

Susan Crane
Learning and Community Development Officer
905-845-6601, ext. 5019
susan.crane@oakville.ca

Christmas Discovery Program

As a port of entry to Canada in the early 1800s, many immigrants arrived and settled in Oakville. These new settlers brought with them many traditions which were recreated in the new land. Through an interactive tour students will be able to identify community celebrations that reflect their own heritage and/or their Canadian identity. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast present day traditions with those of the past. An examination of various Christmas decorations, toys and gifts will encourage students to formulate questions and discuss how traditional items are passed down from parents and grandparents. Students will create a one-of-a-kind holiday decoration to take home.

Program details:

  • Grades: 1 to 6
  • Subject: Social Studies; The Arts
  • Curriculum Strands: Heritage and Identity
  • Curriculum Topic: Changing Family and Community Traditions; Communities in Canada, Past and Present; Visual Arts
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Available: December
  • 2016 fee: $5.25 per participant

Early Settler Life

Students will examine local historical resources such as maps, photographs, letters and artifacts. Museum exploratory boxes containing objects and hands-on activities will actively engage students in exploring aspects of everyday life for the early settler from a local perspective. Each student will make an early settler toy to take back to class.

Program details:

  • Grades: 1 and 3
  • Subject: Social Studies
  • Curriculum Strands: Heritage and Identity
  • Curriculum Topic: Relationships, Roles and Responsibilities (Gr.1); Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 (Gr.3)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available year round
  • 2016 fee: $6.25 per participant

Fashion and Art

What does art and fashion reflect about the time in which it was created? Drawing inspiration from the new exhibit Art and Fashion, students will learn how to look at and critique the artwork, costume and art objects in the exhibit and in the restored home. Art, like fashion, continually evolves and changes, often revisiting the past to inspire the future. This program will offer a fun and interactive approach to looking at art, clothing and objects, designed to encourage students to explore, wonder and create. In response to what they’ve seen students will be able to create and take away their own one-of-a-kind artwork.

Program details:

  • Grades: 1 to 6
  • Subject: The Arts
  • Curriculum Topic: Visual Arts
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available until June 2017
  • 2016 fee: $6.25 per participant

Hunting for History

Students explore the comparisons between their lives and those of the past while giving them an appreciation of the role a museum plays in a community. As an introduction to history this program is designed to encourage learning through inquiry and play. Through an interactive hands-on tour of the Chisholm family home, there will be an emphasis on numbers, shapes and functions of common objects, familiar games and nursery rhymes. By playing with reproduction 19th century toys, students will discover the function of objects as well as the energy sources used for toys. Students will make a reproduction toy to take back to class.

Program details:

  • Grades: JK, SK, Gr.1
  • Subject: Social Studies (Gr.1)
  • Curriculum Strands: Heritage and Identity
  • Curriculum Topic: Language; Mathematics; The Arts (JK, SK), Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities (Gr.1)
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Available year round
  • 2016 fee: $5.25 per participant

In Emelda’s Garden

Through various hands-on activities students will explore the natural world around them in the historic gardens of Oakville's founding family. Using all five senses students will apply communication skills to listen, answer questions and identify plants and trees in the garden through a scavenger hunt and tour. They will plant a Scarlett runner bean seed in an earth friendly pot to take home with them. Students will see a crop of picked beans ready for a bean recipe!

Program details:

  • Grades: JK and SK
  • Subject: Language; Science and Technology; Personal and Social Development;
  • Health and Physical Activity
  • Curriculum Topic: Oral, Reading; Exploration and Experimentation; Use of Technology; Social Relationships; Awareness of Surroundings; Health and Wellbeing
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Available May to June, September to October
  • 2016 fee: $5.25 per participant

Innovation and Design

Imagine living in a home without electricity, telephones or indoor plumbing and then having these items installed for the very first time. An interactive house tour will allow students to compare and contrast their own homes and lifestyles with the life experiences of the Chisholm family. Many of the labour saving devices and entertainments that we take for granted were, for them, brand new luxuries. Developments in Canadian society such as urbanization and industrialization, as well as technical innovations, all changed family life.

Program details:

  • Grades: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8
  • Subject: Science and Technology; Social Studies
  • Curriculum Strands: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms; Heritage and Identity; Understanding Matter and Energy; Canada, 1890-1914
  • Curriculum Topics: Movement (Gr.2); Forces Causing Movement (Gr.3); Pulleys and Gears (Gr.4); Communities in Canada: Past and Present (Gr.6); A Changing Society (Gr.8)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available year round
  • 2016 fee: $6.25 per participant

Oakville and the Underground Railroad

Students will explore Oakville's relationship with the United States in the context of the Underground Railroad. Oakville Harbour played a significant role in the journey to Canada for many freedom seekers. Key figures in the Oakville Underground Railroad story are introduced through the exhibition Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History, and the multimedia presentation The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom.

Accessibility: Please note that the multimedia presentation for this program is located on the second floor of the museum, accessible by stairs only. For groups with mobility issues, please contact us to discuss how we can best accommodate your visit.

Program details:

  • Grades: 5 to 8
  • Subject: Social Studies; History and Geography
  • Curriculum Strands: History; Heritage and Identity
  • Curriculum Topic: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship (Gr.5); Communities in Canada, Past and Present (Gr.6); Canada, 1800-1850: Conflicts and Challenges (Gr.7); Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (Gr.8)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available year round
  • 2016 fee: $6.25 per participant