Lesson plans are available for download: click here for more information on them.

Pre-Recorded Programming

These virtual field trips bring video-based tours and information directly into preschool to grade 12 classrooms.  Each video includes either a tour of an exhibit or photographs, a lesson plan, and printable activities to extend learning.

Currently, programs and videos being filmed are:

New virtual field trips will be added throughout the year as more exhibits are developed and implemented.  These programs focus on elements of the Ontario Curriculum with connections to History, Social Studies, Language, and Science to name a few.

Please note that these pre-recorded options will be available starting in the 2021/2022 school year.

You will find these videos behind a password protected page, please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator for the password


Virtual Field Trips

The Museum is offering live virtual programming on some of our current programs along with a live virtual tour of our 1st and 3rd floor galleries.  These programs are similar to our current programs with the exception of hands on activities.  To address this, we do provide printable activities that can be used to follow up a variety of the programs.

  • Guided Tour
  • Ojibwe Stories (K-2)
  • My Thunder Bay (K-2)
  • Early Settler Children (Gr . 1-3)
  • Silver Islet (Gr. 5-8)
  • We Remember (Gr. 7-12)
  • Then & Now (Gr. 7-12)
  • Medical History (Gr. 7-12)
  • Businesses of Thunder Bay (Gr. 7-12)

Partner School Boards

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Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Lakehead District School Board


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Museum at Your Fingertips

The archives at the Thunder Bay Museum holds an astounding collection of more than 500,000 photographic images that document the history of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario from the 1880s to the present day.  You will find a wide variety of these photos and descriptions on our Museum’s Flickr page www.flickr.com/tbaymuseum.  Photos are organized into virtual photo albums by topic, region, and/or time period, and tagged with key words to make the records text searchable.

Teachers are encouraged to use the images found on our Flickr page to enrich their classroom lesson and help students make direct connections between what they are learning about and the communities in which they live.

We’ve also created a special CHC2D and CHC2P album that contain a collection of images related to the history of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario from 1914 to the present.  It is intended to support the CHC2D and CHC2P courses as outlined in the the Ontario Curriculum by providing a local context.