Core Programs

My First Visit to the Museum

Preschool to Grade 2
Social Studies, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts
Perfect for the Kindergarten Program & Grade 1 Social Studies – Heritage and Identity: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities

Introduce your students to the Thunder Bay Museum and discover the meaning of words like “museum”, “gallery”, “exhibit” and “artifact”. Find out why museums are an important part of our community, practice museum etiquette, touch and feel items in our collection, and enjoy a hands-on activity created especially for new museum-goers. Each student will receive a certificate upon completion of this interactive program.

Ojibway Stories (1600 to 1950)

Preschool to Grade 2
Social Studies, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts
Great program for Grade 2 Social Studies – Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions & Grade 1 and 2 Language – Oral Communication

Do you know how Chipmunk got his stripes? Or why Porcupine has quills? Sit around the wigwam and listen to animal legends as we explore the oral tradition of storytelling. Then, make your very own animal puppet and join in a singsong with the hand drum. A fun program for all!

Amy’s Story (1914-1934)

Grade 1 to Grade 3
Social Studies, Language, Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education, The Arts
Excellent for Grade 1 Social Studies- Heritage and Identity: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities

Amy was a young girl who lived in the east end of Fort William. Discover how family life, playtime, and jobs in our  community at the beginning of the 20th century were different from today and design your own character to take home. Would you have liked to grow up in Amy’s time?

Early Settler Children (1860-1900)

Grade 1 to Grade 3
Social Studies, Language, Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education, The Arts
Perfect program for Grade 3 Social Studies – Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850

What were children like in pioneer times and what did they do? Take a detailed look at our collection of past toys, games, schooling, and chores. Make a fun optical illusion thaumatrope toy to take home and participate in a song game too.

Land of the Sleeping Giant (1600 to 1950)

Grade 1 to Grade 6
Social Studies, Language Arts, The Arts

Great practice for your Language studies in Oral Communication

The region’s unique land formations have always been awe inspiring, but do you know the legends about how they came to be? Discover the stories of the Sleeping Giant, Kakabeka Falls, and more as we continue the oral tradition of the people who lived in the area many years ago and participate in related activities.

The Ojibway (1600-1950)

Grade 3 to Grade 12
Social Studies, History, The Arts
Perfect for Grade 3 Social
Studies – Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850, Grade 5 Social Studies – Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada & Grade 12 History – Canada: History, Identity and Culture

This popular program explores the history of the clothing, tools, food, shelter, and transportation of the Ojibway of long ago. Students will gain a better understanding of the region’s earlier inhabitants and of the European influence leading to, during, and after the Fur Trade.

Can You Dig It? (10,000 B.P. to 1650)

Grade 4 to Grade 10
Social Studies, History, Science and Technology
Excellent for Grade 4 Social Studies – Heritage and Identity: Early Societies, 3000 BCE -1500 CE
This program is best for groups with fewer than 25 students

Enhance your Early Societies unit as we take a hands-on look at the Museum’s pre-history collection and compare techniques used locally to those used globally. Try a little archaeology yourself to learn about the process of uncovering and classifying artifacts. You never know what you’ll discoverEnhance your Early Civilizations unit as we take a hands-on look at the Museum’s pre-history collection. Try some archaeology for yourself to learn about the process of uncovering and classifying artifacts. You never know what you’ll discover!

We Remember (World Wars I and II)

Grade 4 to Grade 12
Social Studies, History
Excellent program for Grade 10 Canadian History – Communities: Local, National, and Global

Preparing your class for Remembrance Day? Whether it is prior to Remembrance Day, November the 11th itself, or during your social studies and history units, join us at the Museum. A hands-on activity featuring our collection of artifacts from World War I and World War II and detailed exploration of our military exhibit will be sure to spark the interest of your students.

Immigrants to the Lakehead (1880-1900)

Grade 7 to Grade 12 & Adult ESL Classes
Social Studies, History, Language
Great program for Grade 8 History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890, Grade 10 Canadian History: Change and Continuity & Grade 12 History – Canada: History, Identity and Culture

Thunder Bay has a rich multicultural heritage. Learn why immigrants came to Northwestern Ontario, view artifacts brought to the area from other countries, and examine mystery boxes filled with documents, photographs and artifacts to find clues about the owners: who were they – and why did they stay in the Lakehead?

1920s to 1930s

Grade 7 to Grade 12
History, The Arts
Perfect for Grade 10 Canadian History: Social, Economic, and Political Structures

What faces, places and events were happening in the region during the 20s and 30s? See what the Lakehead looked like after the turn of the 20th century and learn about how the area was affected by the Great Depression. Get
a glimpse of a locally produced silent film too!

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