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Museum-in-a-Box Program

Can’t visit our museum? You can bring hands-on artifacts and activities into your classroom. Each museum-in-a-box contains artifacts, information labels and activities for your students. A teacher’s package with easy to follow instructions is provided with each kit. Arrangements can be made for pick-up and return.

Kits can be rented for one or two weeks at a cost of $15.00/week. They must be booked in advance by contacting Educational Program Coordinator Colleen Inglis at, or at 519-243-2600 ext. 3157. Availability of kits may vary, and we advise that you book your kit at least two weeks in advance of when you need it in the classroom.

Kit choices include:

Then and Now (Primary)
‘Then and now’ introduces younger students to the museum and its collection. Through examination of real artifacts, students see and touch objects used in daily life one hundred years ago. After comparing the artifacts to things we use today, a ‘Then and Now’ chart is made to reinforce the concepts discussed.

Pioneer Skills – In the Home (Primary-Junior)
Make butter the ‘old-fashioned’ way, dye wool with natural dyes, make beeswax candles, try carding and hand spinning wool, quilting or knitting. Learn about food preservation. These were all essential skills for early settlers. These and more are explored in this hands-on museum kit.

Pioneer Skills – School Days (Primary-Junior)
‘School Days’ illustrates a typical student’s education at the turn of the century. Children try their hand at calligraphy using home-made ink or writing on a slate board with a slate pencil.

Pioneer Skills – On the Farm: Apples (Primary-Junior)
Apples are an important part of our agricultural past and present. Learn about apple cultivation. Use the apple peeler to make dried apples. Carve an apple doll or make a pomander. Try some old time recipes. Explore the world of apples, from seeds to cider!

If I Were A Child in 1890 (Primary-Junior)
By examining museum artifacts, students experience life as a child during the 1890’s. Working in groups, they make inferences about lifestyle themes such as chores, toys, clothing, personal grooming and school.

Detective in Time (Primary-Junior-Senior)
Students are introduced to role of the museum, what an artifact is and what can be learned from them. Students will become curators, using their analytical skills to identify unknown artifacts. The clues found in ‘reading these objects’ will help them develop an awareness of and appreciation for everyday objects and what can be learned from them.

After Confederation – A Nation Grows (Senior)
The objective of this programme is to carefully study both artifacts and archival materials and to use provided backgrounds to make assumptions about the past.Topics covered include:

  • The Rush for Black Gold
  • The Making of Canada’s Breadbasket
  • Heading West For Free Land
  • The Horse as a Nation Builder
  • At Home in a New Land