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Elementary School Programs

The Museum of Vancouver offers a wide range of facilitated educational programs for elementary school students, K to Grade 7, designed to align with British Columbia's social studies curriculum.

Tous les programmes d'école primaire sont également offerts en français.

Programs


 

Half-Day Programs

All half-day programs are offered twice daily at 10:00am & 12:00pm and cost $7.50/student.

Explore Egypt: Grades K – 1
Learn about Ancient Egypt by role-playing archaeologists. Excavate and examine Egyptian artefacts, build a pyramid, and see a real Egyptian mummy.
Duration 1 hr 15 min

Lost Toys: Grades K – 2
Little Victoria lived in Vancouver a long time ago. Follow five generations of her family as you hear the story of her lost doll, then play with toys from each generation. Role-play archaeologists to excavate toys like Victoria’s.
Duration 1 hr 15 min

Cedar & Sealskin: Grades 2 – 4
Examine artefacts that tell us how aboriginal cultures met the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Excavate objects from Pacific Northwest Coast culture and follow the seasonal cycle with objects showing how Inuit lived, played, and hunted.
Duration 1 hr 30 min

Stories of Resilience & the Road to Reconciliation: Grades 4-6
* Available April 2018

Participate in a “Big 6 Historical Thinking” challenge in our c̓əsnaʔəm; the city before the city exhibition. Learn about the impact of colonization on the Musqueam First Nation, how they resisted assimilative policies, and the Museum’s role in the reconciliation process. Test your critical thinking skills through a hands-on workshop where you’ll design a museum exhibit. Gain a deeper understanding of traditional and contemporary culture of the Pacific Northwest First Nations.
Duration 1 hr 45 min

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Immigration Nation: Grade 5
Play an immigration game in our Vancouver History Galleries. Explore the galleries and examine real suitcases from immigrants while collecting points and money towards immigrating. This program focuses on who immigrates and why, the quality of life for new immigrants, and immigrants’ contributions to Vancouver.
Duration 1 hr 45 min

Global Citizens (Updated): Grade 6
Role-play buyers for our museum shop, “The Global Village.” Visit our global marketplace and purchase objects that may or may not have been created in an ethical and sustainable way. Explore our Vancouver History Galleries to uncover moments when Vancouverites either demonstrated good global citizenship or ignored their responsibilities.
Duration 1 hr 30 min

Ancient Worlds: Grades 6 - 7
Uncover the science of archaeology by investigating artefacts from the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley, China, Greece, and Rome. Work in teams to do a simulated field dig, then research and analyse artefacts in a lab to formulate and test your hypothesis. Examine a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the process of mummification.
Duration 1 hr 45 min


Add-On Programs

For a full-day experience, combine your primary program with one of the following add-on activities:

Discover Vancouver: Grades 2-4

Explore the Vancouver History Galleries on a guided scavenger hunt. Experience the early years with the first movie of Vancouver, get your hair done in the 1940s, listen to the jukebox in the 1950s, and dress in clothing authentic to the 1960s.
$5.50/student Duration 1 hr 15 min

Making Vancouver’s History: Grades 5-7
Explore the Museum of Vancouver’s feature exhibits through the eyes of a museum curator. Rate exhibits based on their design, theme, and interactive elements. Create your own museum display using artefacts from the Museum’s collection.
$5.50/student Duration 1 hr 30 min

Self-Guided Museum Visit
Tour our Vancouver History Galleries and Featured Exhibitions on your own. Gallery resource materials are available to support and enhance your self-directed exploration. 
$4.00/student as an add-on activity; $6.00/student as a stand-alone activity.

Monumental Scavenger Hunt
Discover Vanier Park's monuments and art installations using our easy-to-follow scavenger hunt activity guide. Find and decipher the Viking rune stone and count the animals on the iconic Kwakwaka'wakw Centennial Totem Pole.
Complimentary


Special Programs

Full Day Program Animating History: Grades 5+
Work with professional animators to storyboard a plot, create and animate characters, and add dialogue and sound effects. You’ll complete a one to two minute animated story by the end of the day. Story choices include: Vancouver Fire, Gold Rush, 1907 Anti-Asian Riots, Japanese-Canadian Internment, and the Mummy Panechates. Presented by Reel 2 Real and Museum of Vancouver.
$15.00/student  9:30am – 2:00pm

Overnight Program Night of the Mummy: Grades 4+
An overnight adventure your class will never forget! Throughout the evening, participants will role-play archaeologists and excavate Egyptian artefacts, explore the Museum by flashlight to solve the mummy’s curse, and examine a real Egyptian mummy. Includes snacks, light breakfast, and all programming supplies.
$70.00/student  8:00pm – 9:00am

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YOUTH GROUP Programs

We offer guided activities over Spring Break and throughout the summer for kids groups, including summer camps and after-school care.

Explore Egypt (ages 5-10)
Learn about Ancient Egypt by role-playing archaeologists. Excavate and examine Egyptian artefacts, build a pyramid, and see a real Egyptian mummy.
$7.50/student Duration 1 hr 15 min

Discover Vancouver (ages 7 – 12)
Explore the Vancouver History Galleries on a guided scavenger hunt. Experience the early years with the first movie of Vancouver, get your hair done in the 1940s, listen to the jukebox in the 1950s, and dress in clothing authentic to the 1960s.
$7.50/student Duration 1 hr 15 min

Extend your visit by adding our self-guided outdoor activity in the afternoon:

Times
Available Monday to Friday – call to arrange

Contact Us:

Ashley Jones, Education Program Officer
e: ajones@museumofvancouver.ca
p: 604-730-5310

Jane Lougheed, Curator of Learning
e: jlougheed@museumofvancouver.ca
p: 604-730-5307

 
 
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