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Workshops

These 45-minute hands-on sessions are held in one of the Museum’s ateliers, where students investigate a “big idea” using primary and secondary sources (archival images, replica artifacts and living history collections).

WORKSHOP – THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM: LASTING LEGACIES

The lives and roles of various individuals during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham come to life with a hands-on investigation of primary and secondary historical sources. Using first-hand accounts of the Seven Years’ War and replica artifacts, students will consider how we know about the past and will explore the conflict that defined daily life for the people of this period.

GRADES
ON Grade 7
QC Cycle 3
DATES START TIME
October 2, 2017 to April 30, 2018 10:00 A.M., 11:15 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M.
GROUP SIZE DURATION
30 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Ateliers $1 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; Language: Reading, Oral Communication and Media Literacy
QC – Geography; History and Citizenship Education; General History; English; Language Arts

WORKSHOP – 1812: ONE WAR, FOUR PERSPECTIVES

Take a trip back in time to the War of 1812. Students will use drama to gain a better understanding of the conflict, as they take on the perspective of a member of one of its four principal participant groups: Canadians (including First Peoples), Americans, British and Native Americans.

GRADES
ON Grade 7
QC Cycle 3
DATES START TIME
October 2, 2017 to April 30, 2018 10:00 A.M., 11:15 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M.
GROUP SIZE DURATION
30 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Ateliers $1 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON –History; Language Education: Reading and Oral Communication; the Arts: Drama
QC – Geography; History and Citizenship Education: Interpreting Change in a Society and its Territory; General History; Language Arts

WORKSHOP – CANADA AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THINK LIKE A CURATOR

With access to works of art, artifacts, photographs and other primary sources, students will work together to create an exhibit about the First World War. They will be guided by themes and content related to Canada’s involvement in the First World War.

GRADES
ON Grades 10 to 12
QC Secondary 3 to 5
DATES START TIME
October 2, 2017 to April 30, 2018 10:00 A.M., 11:15 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M.
GROUP SIZE DURATION
30 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Ateliers $1 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Canadian and World Studies: History; English
QC – History of Quebec and Canada; The 20th Century: History and Civilizations; English; Language Arts

WORKSHOP – CANADA AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR- LEARNING THROUGH EVIDENCE

Students will examine and evaluate artifacts, images, documents and art as sources of information about the Second World War, periodically pausing to assess their reliability and objectivity. Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the implications of “total war” on land, at sea, in the air and on the home front.

GRADES
ON Grades 10
QC Secondary 3 to 5
DATES START TIME
October 2, 2017 to April 30, 2018 10:00 A.M., 11:15 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M.
GROUP SIZE DURATION
30 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Ateliers $1 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Canadian and World Studies: History; English
QC – History of Quebec and Canada; The 20th Century: History and Civilizations; English; Language Arts

Guided Tours

These engaging 45-minute guided tours cover important themes and exhibition highlights.

GUIDED TOUR – THE STORY OF VIMY RIDGE: HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

The Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought at the height of the First World War, has come to be seen by some as one of Canada’s foundational events. During this fascinating new tour, visitors will discover star objects and works of art that tell the story of this iconic battle and its legacy.

GRADES
ON All levels
QC All levels
DATES START TIME
September 1 to November 11, 2017 Upon reservation
GROUP SIZE DURATION
25 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Museum Galleries $3 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

GUIDED TOUR – MUSEUM GRAND TOUR

This tour provides an introduction to the Museum’s award-winning architecture, its collection of war art and its large military vehicles.

GRADES
ON All levels
QC All levels
DATES START TIME
September 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 Upon reservation
GROUP SIZE DURATION
25 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Museum Galleries $3 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

Guided Tour – Museum Highlights

This tour will offer first-time visitors an overview of our gallery spaces and will focus on star artifacts. You will also discover surprising facts about our world-renowned architecture.

GRADES
ON All levels
QC All levels
DATES START TIME
Starting May 2018 Upon reservation
GROUP SIZE DURATION
20 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Museum Galleries $3 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

Guided Tour – Hidden Treasures

This tour will feature lesser -known artifacts with fascinating stories- A great option for repeat visitors or those looking for an alternative experience!

GRADES
ON All levels
QC All levels
DATES START TIME
Starting May 2018 Upon reservation
GROUP SIZE DURATION
20 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Museum Galleries $3 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

Guided Tour – Lightning Tour

Want to visit the War Museum but short on time? Let’s face it, you could spend months exploring every nook and cranny of our magnificent building. Let our Museum staff introduce you to two of their favourite tour stops before setting you loose to discover over 5000 years of history!

20 minutes

GRADES
ON All levels
QC All levels
DATES START TIME
Starting May 2018 Upon reservation
GROUP SIZE DURATION
25 Maximum 20 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Museum Galleries $2 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

Gallery Activity Sheets

Using these worksheets, students take a self-guided tour. They engage in various activities and work together in small groups to find the answers to thought-provoking questions.

Presentations

Unique programs feature human stories behind historical events.

PRESENTATION – WITNESS TO HISTORY: PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF MILITARY SERVICE

This unique program enables students to interact with a veteran or a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, who will share compelling personal stories. Requests for this program must be made at least three weeks in advance. Volunteers representing the following conflicts and service areas may be available: Korean War, Afghanistan, domestic operations and service with NATO, NORAD or the United Nations. Please specify your top three preferences from this list in order of preference when you book your program. Final selection will be based on volunteer availability.

GRADES
ON All levels
QC All levels
DATES START TIME
October 2, 2017 to April 30, 2018 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
GROUP SIZE DURATION
30 Maximum 45 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Ateliers $1 per student (in addition to Museum admission)

PRESENTATION – EXTRAORDINARY LIVES: A THEATRICAL ORIENTATION

From May to June 2018, the Canadian War Museum will offer an exciting and dynamic theatrical orientation for school groups. This free, 15-minute introduction to the Museum’s themes and galleries will highlight the human experience of war.

GRADES
ON All levels
QC All levels
DATES START TIME
May to June 2018 Upon reservation
GROUP SIZE DURATION
N/A 15 Minutes
LOCATION COST
Ateliers Free

NEW Special Event – Docs for Schools!

The Canadian War Museum will be partnering with the Hot Docs’ Docs for Schools program to bring you and your students cutting-edge cinema with a focus on contemporary, conflict-related issues. Docs for Schools films will engage your students with current issues, vital ideas, critical questions and new perspectives. In addition to the film screening, this specially curated day will include a Q&A session with special guest(s) and a self-guided visit to one of our new exhibitions.

Hot Docs is a national, charitable organization whose mission is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.

November 22nd: What’s next for Afghanistan?

Film: What Tomorrow Brings (screenings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) *English only
Exhibition: New World Disorder (Cold War to Present)

WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS
D: Beth Murphy | USA | 52 min | 2016
In Dari and English, with English subtitles.
Optimism and excitement fill a remote Afghanistan village’s first school to accept female students–all-girls institution founded by an inspiring local woman. As U.S. troops depart, the next generation of Afghans study their past and dream of their future.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/159128739
Education package

February 21st: Challenging Perceptions of Middle Eastern Identity

Film: Speed Sisters (English at 10 a.m. / French at 12:30 p.m.)
Exhibition: She Who Tells a Story (Photographic Exhibition)

SPEED SISTERS
D: Amber Fares| Palestine, USA, Qatar, Denmark, UK, Canada | 80 min | 2015
In Arabic and English, with English subtitles, and for French screening, French subtitles.
Bold and fearless, the first all-female car racing team in the Middle East is burning rubber and tearing up tracks all over Palestine as they defy the odds and shatter stereotypes of Arab women.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/125648413

  • Film screening is FREE. Group admission is required to visit the exhibitions

Outreach

Specialty programs encourage the study of Canadian military history, bringing the Canadian War Museum into your classroom.

OUTREACH – SUPPLY LINE: TRAVELLING DISCOVERY BOXES

Bring the Canadian War Museum into your classroom with a Supply Line Discovery Box. This learning kit contains authentic and reproduction artifacts related to Canadian military history, along with everything you need to lead engaging hands-on activities and lessons with your students. Learn more

OUTREACH – DOUGLAS H. GUNTER HISTORY AWARDS

The Canadian War Museum is dedicated to the study of Canadian military history and the effects of war upon Canada and its people. Each year, the Museum sponsors a national history award competition for senior high school students, based on a historically significant event or theme. Learn more

Online Resources

ONLINE RESOURCE – OVER THE TOP

This Web module enables intermediate students to experience life in the trenches during the First World War. Part history and part adventure story, Over the Top allows players to determine the outcome of the story by making decisions at key moments. This educational resource includes follow-up activities, maps, films and document references.

Online Resource

ONLINE RESOURCE – SUPPLY LINE: TRAVELLING DISCOVERY BOXES

Explore teacher resources developed for the First World War Discovery Box. Use the background material and lesson plans on their own or in conjunction with the travelling education kit.

Online Resource

ONLINE RESOURCE – CANADA AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

A website, based on the Canadian War Museum’s vast collections, offers an authoritative and stimulating interpretation of the history of Canada and the First World War. Canada and the First World War offers access to over 700 interpreted artifacts, including photographs, art, letters, and diaries, as well as over 6,800 additional images. The unparalleled depth of Canadian subject matter includes a comprehensive range of topics and lesson plans, primary resource packs, book lists, and recommended links.

Online Exhibition

ONLINE RESOURCE – CANADA’S NAVAL HISTORY

A website rich in over 800 unique artifacts, photographs, art, posters, ships models, plans and audio-visuals telling the compelling story of Canada’s navy from its creation in 1910 to today.

Online Exhibition

ONLINE RESOURCE – DEMOCRACY AT WAR: CANADIAN NEWSPAPERS AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR

This module enables senior students to search a digitized collection of 144,000 newspaper clippings describing events of the Second World War as they happened. Fifty-five short historical articles introduce the main facts, as well as some of the conclusions resulting from historical research and analysis undertaken since the Second World War. Democracy at War is an unparalleled online resource for research projects and units of study.

Online Resource

ONLINE RESOURCE – 1812: VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

1812 from four perspectives as well as your own

Online Exhibition

ONLINE RESOURCE – THE SEVEN YEARS’ WAR (1754–1763)

The Seven Years’ War becomes humanity’s first world war as the French and British empires wage a titanic struggle for imperial dominance. In North America, the war leads to the British Conquest of Canada, the American Revolution, and the first step towards recognition of Aboriginal Title by the Crown.

Online Exhibition

ONLINE RESOURCE – DISPATCHES: BACKGROUNDERS IN CANADIAN MILITARY HISTORY

A collection of essays on a variety of subjects in Canadian military history.

Online Resource

Booking your visit

Step 1 : Choose

Choose your activity and a preferred date and time as well as alternate selections, should your first choice not be available.

Step 2 : Contact

Contact our Call Centre Agents a minimum of three weeks ahead of time to organize your visit. Program space is often limited, so we encourage you to contact us as early as possible.

THERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO BOOK YOUR VISIT:

PLEASE HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION READY WHEN YOU CALL:

  • Number of participants, grade level(s), language preference (English or French)
  • Preferred and alternate activities, dates and times
  • Name, complete mailing address, telephone, email and fax number of group leader
  • Credit card number and expiry date

Step 3 : Confirm

A reservation confirmation will be sent to you. To confirm your booking, you must sign and return the confirmation within five days by fax to 819-776-8279.

Group Admission and School Program Fees

School Visits

Payment

Payment may be made in cash, by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex), by traveller’s cheque or by cheque made payable to the Canadian Museum of History (please indicate the reservation number on the cheque).

Cancellations

There is no charge for schools that cancel due to inclement weather. Under all other circumstances, our Call Centre must be notified in writing two weeks before any change or cancellation of reservation. If changes or cancellations are not communicated at least two weeks before your program date, the program’s total cost will be charged to the credit card number provided when the booking was made.

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