School Programmes

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Museum Detectives

Explore the role museums play in our society and the “pieces of history” they display. Students are also invited to touch and hold history through the exploration of artefacts. They will uncover the “story” of these artefacts by working through a set of questions and uncovering the historical information they contain. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum including collections storage, home to over 20,000 artefacts.

The programme is a great introduction for Heritage Fairs. Ask us how to pair it with a trip to the Niagara Falls Library for an instructional programme about using Library resources for research, with an emphasis on databases and digital collections. 

Grades 3-8 | 90 minutes | $5 per student

Curriculum Connections:  Promotes Concepts of Social Studies/Historical Thinking - Continuity and Change, Interrelationships and Historical Perspective, gather information from primary sources, and interpret/analyze data

This programme is also available as Museum Outreach

1812: Up Close and Personal

In small groups, students examine primary source materials and role play the experiences of real people (soldiers, officers, First Nations, medical personnel, civilians), events of the War of 1812 period and the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. Using maps, illustrations, and source materials, they produce a dramatic presentation of the War through the perspective of the individuals who experienced the events. Includes a tour of the Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery. 

Grade 7 | 120 minutes | $5 per student

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 – Canada, 1800-1850: Conflict and Challenges

The Underground Railroad

Students examine the nature of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries and the elaborate underground system developed to lead them to freedom. Teams of students will then become characters trying to make it to Niagara in the Underground Railroad Game. Based on actual events, decisions have to be made and the consequences abided. This is a game of wit and chance.

Grades 6 & 8 |  90 minutes | $5 per student

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6 – Communities in Canada, Past and Present, Grade 8 – Creating Canada, 1850-1890


Discover the Great War through primary source materials in the museum’s collection. Students will explore the museum galleries, analyze photographs and critically assess personal correspondence to immerse themselves in the wartime experience.

Grade 10 & 12 | 120 minutes | $5 per student

Curriculum Connections: Grade 10 – History since World War I, Grade 12 – Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, Grade 12 – The West and the World

This program is available as Museum Outreach!


Niagara has been home to many bridges over the years. Discover the science and history behind these local structures and whether or not they withstood the test of time. Students are challenged to build a bridge that meets the growing needs of the community. 

Grades 3, 5, 7 | 90 minutes | $5 per student 

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 – Strong and Stable Structures, Grade 5 – Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms, Grade 7 – Form and Function (Structures)

Discovering Kaná:ata
Exploring the Culture and History of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) 

Join us in welcoming the Six Nations of the Grand River community members for a series of interactive workshops. Travel to stations around the museum and engage with Haudenosaunee traditional music and social dance, cultural artefacts, and food. Students will develop a better understanding of the interconnected relationships between First Nations and European Settlers. The program requires a minimum student registration, please book by dates listed below. 


November 13-14, 2019 @ 9:30-11:30am OR 12-2pm - Book by October 11, 2019

April 16-17, 2020 @ 9:30-11:30am OR 12-2pm - Book by March 13, 2020
Grades 3-5 | $10 per student

Curriculum Connections: Heritage and Identity: Grade 3 - Communities in Canada, 1780-1850, Grade 4 - Early Societies 3000 BCE-1500 CE, Grade 5 - First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada 

Logos of Kanata Partners

Canada Needs You by Mike Ford 

Mike Ford, previously of Moxy Früvous, is a bilingual JUNO-nominated solo artist who has released five acclaimed albums of Canadian history-inspired songs. His fast-paced curriculum-focused concerts, always adapted for audience levels, have succeeded in the challenging task of inspiring young people towards a greater interest in Canada's past and greater involvement in its present and future.

In this performance, Mike Ford takes students on a break-neck tour through First Nations lore, explorers' tales, the War of 1812, rebellions, Confederation, and finally skidding to a halt for a decade-by-decade examination of Canada's explosive 20th Century. 

Following the performance students will be given a 45 minute museum tour. Teacher will be provided with a study guide in English and French, to help supplement their experience. 

May 22, 2020 @ 9:30-11:30 OR 12-2pm 
Grades 4-12 | $8 per student 

Curriculum Connections
Grades 4-6 - Social Studies
Grades 7-9 - History
Grades 10-12 - Canadian & World Histories 

Going Medieval

Travel back to the Middle Ages with Blackthorn Productions. Students become lords and ladies as they touch and try on medieval armour and clothing, learn an authentic medieval dance, explore medicine and the Black Death and ask their questions of costumed characters. Students will travel to stations throughout the museum to experience the medieval world first hand. This programme requires a minimum student registration, please book by April 3, 2020.

May 6-8, 2020 @ 10-2pm
Grade 4 | $15 per student

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4 – Early Societies, 3000 BCE-1500 CE

To accommodate the new social studies curriculum, teachers will be provided with a Classroom Package containing activities which will connect their student’s experiences with that of other ancient civilizations. 


Knights standing together

Museum employees all in medieval costumes

Two knights battling each other

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Fall Film Series: Heroic Journeys – Black Histories on Screen

Fall Film Series: Heroic Journeys – Black Histories on Screen


The J4BL Book Club

The J4BL Book Club


Fall Film Series: Heroic Journeys – Black Histories on Screen

Fall Film Series: Heroic Journeys – Black Histories on Screen


Water at the Museum: Rodman Hall Art Centre in the Niagara Region

Water at the Museum: Rodman Hall Art Centre in the Niagara Region

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