Oakville Museum School and Community Programs

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 groups of all ages including Sparks, Guides, Scouts, ESL adult groups, seniors and special interest groups.

For information and bookings please call 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca

School programs

The Oakville Museum offers both on-site and in-class education programs with specific curriculum links to a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. All of our programs are informative, fun and interactive and include resources to use in the classroom.

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.

Program details:

  • Suitable for grades 5 to 8
  • Curriculum links: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (Gr. 8); Canada, 1800-1850: Conflicts and Challenges (Gr. 7)
  • Duration: 2.5 hours, depending on group size
  • Fee: $6 per student
  • Maximum group size: 50 students per session
  • Available: year round

Early Settler in-class program

This in-class program is designed to help students learn about the early settler period from a local perspective. Students will examine local historical resources such as maps, photographs, letters and artifacts. Activities include working with pioneer artifacts, using a school slate, writing with a quill pen, making a toy and examining examples of early toys. Your booking package will include additional museum resources, suggested activities and a pre-visit activity to compliment your class study.

Program details:

  • Suitable for grade 3
  • Curriculum links: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada; People and Environments: Living and Working in Ontario (Gr. 3)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Fee: $6 per student*
  • Maximum group size: 30 students per session (2 sessions available per day)
  • Available: year round

*For schools outside of Oakville, an additional $30 fee will be applied to your booking to cover travel expenses.

Christmas Discovery program

Canadian Christmas traditions of the early 20th century will be the focus of your students' exploration into the differences between past and present. The Chisholm family home will be decorated for the holiday season for your students to explore. Students will tour through the restored Chisholm family home, explore traditional Christmas gifts and decorations, make a Christmas decoration and discover the simplicity of Christmas stockings long ago.

Program details:

  • Suitable for JK/SK-Grade 4
  • Curriculum links: Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions (Gr. 2); Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present (Gr. 6)
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Fee: $4 per student
  • Maximum group size: 30 students
  • Available: November, December 2014

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