NOTE: Pre-recorded programs are in the process of being filmed, keep checking this page for updates.

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

While field trips to the Museum and outreach in classroom have been postponed, 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.

Virtual Field Trips

Guided Tour
Follow us through our first and third floor gallery spaces to learn about the history of Thunder Bay.  This tour takes you around to our various exhibits all while highlighting additional artifacts from our collection.  In addition, Museum staff will be interviewed to better understand what it is they do, and students are encouraged to ask additional questions.  A worksheet is provided prior to the tour.
Dinosaurs! (K-2) – Live program not Available until 2024.  A pre-recorded option is available in the mean time.
Learn about dinosaurs! In this program, students will learn about what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, the age of dinosaurs, compare bones, and become paleontologists.  Activities are provided.
Ojibwe Stories (K-2)
Do you know Chipmunk got his stripes? Or why Porcupine has quills? In this program, students will listen to animal legends and explore the oral tradition of storytelling.
My First Visit (K-2)
Introduce your students to the Thunder Bay Museum and discover the meaning of the words like “museum,” “gallery,” “exhibit,” and “artifact.” Find out why museums are an important part of our community and see some items from our collection.
Early Settler Children (Gr. 1-3)
What were children like in pioneer times and what did they do? Students will watch a short film, take part in a discussion about past chores, leisure activities, and schooling, and discuss how those compare to today.  They will also see museum related artifacts.
Silver Islet (Gr. 5-8)
At one time the world’s largest and richest silver mine, Silver Islet, had quite a past! Through group discussions, a video presentation, a critical thinking activity, and an examination of related museum artifacts, students will uncover the legend of the mine, its rise and fall, what life was like during the mine’s heyday, and the feasibility of reopening Silver Islet in the future.
We Remember (Gr. 7-12)
We Remember highlights military artifacts from the Museum’s collection and takes a dive into World War I and World War II.  Students will learn about various equipment used and clothing worn.  A follow up activity is provided.
Then & Now (Gr. 7-12)
Do you know what an Edison player is? Or what early fire extinguishers looked like? In this program, students will learn about artifacts that were used before the turn of the century and how they have changed since then.
Medical History (Gr. 7-12)
Medical knowledge and technology has changed over the years.  In this program, students will find out what medicines, tools, and types of clothing that were used years ago.  This program ties in great with our Early Epidemics teacher resource file.
Businesses of Thunder Bay (Gr. 7-12)
This topic is all about Thunder Bay!  Thunder Bay started off as two cities, Port Arthur and Fort William and they amalgamated on January 1, 1970.  Since Thunder Bay has wide and diverse history, this program will highlight some of the businesses and buildings that have been around or are still around.

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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  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.