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Educational Programs

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology has a variety of curriculum-based and public education programs to share with students, teachers, and groups.
Programs are available all year round at the Museum and Lawson Prehistoric Village.

Special Program – Cultural Circle Day: June 20th from 10 am – 2 pm.
Once a year, in celebration of Aboriginal Solidarity Day, MOA hosts a unique, hands-on educational opportunity for your class. Local First Nations artisans and performers will deliver various demonstrations and learning experiences ranging from Indigenous Food, Indigenous Languages, Pow Wow dancing, Traditional Sports, Drumming and Storytelling. Each year features different activities and cultural workshops and always includes a tour of the Museum galleries and longhouse.
Please call the Museum to book your class.

General Tour:  $4.25/ person (90 mins) Ideal for all ages!

Begin your adventure at the Museum with an introductory film followed by special artifact handling and identification. Complete your trip with a guided tour of the galleries and Lawson Iroquois Village.

Curriculum Based Programming (Elementary & Secondary) $6/person (2.5 hrs) or $8.50/person (3.5 hrs + .5 hr for lunch)

Discover Ontario’s First Nations’ history, culture and traditions through a gallery tour and various workshops such as pottery, soapstone pendants, corn husk dolls, medicine pouches, beaded bracelets, totems, Woodland style painting, dioramas (1 hr), dream catchers (age 8+), and quill writing. Activities range from Fur trade, War of 1812, archaeology, early societies, underwater archaeology, and traditional games.

View our 2013-2014 Education Brochure to see what your class or group can learn. Secondary Programming is listed here.
Our most popular program for all ages is our new “Woodland Style Painting” and our “Life in a Longhouse” Special Program.

Special Programming:  $10/student (4 hrs) Details available in the Education Brochure

    • Archaeologist for a Day (Grades 1-8 & Secondary Students, Maximum 50 students) Discover what it’s like to be an archaeologist! Students will learn various archaeological methods and participate in a simulated excavation. Hands-on artifact handling and identification brings archaeology to life. Program also includes a gallery and site tour and more!
    • Life in a Longhouse (All Ages, Maximum 30 students) This hands-on program explores the everyday life of the 16th c. Attawandaron who lived in the Lawson Village. Students will learn and prepare samples of traditional foods: Three Sisters Soup and Bannock, play traditional games, tour the Museum, learn legends in the Longhouse, and create a traditional craft.

Outreach:
Unable to come to us? Let the Museum come to you! Outreach programs focusing on the First Nations of Ontario and Ontario Archaeology are available. You can also work with us to design your own program. Contact us for information.

Edu-Kit Rentals: Enhance your classroom discussions or presentations with our edu-kits of artifacts, books, activities and more! $25/two weeks. You must pick up the kits from the Museum.

Museum School: Move your classroom to the Museum for a week of hands-on learning! Museum staff work with you to design a program tailored to your specific curriculum needs. Teachers can choose to incorporate existing programming, including on-site archaeological digs and tours of the Lawson Site with a variety of craft and cultural workshops.
Visit London Culture for details.

Additional Information:

Please request bookings at least two weeks before your preferred date. Tours and programs are booked on a first come, first served basis. Museum staff will try to satisfy requests but note that some dates fill quickly. Fill out this form for a quick inquiry: Elementary Program Inquiry Form or give us a call at 519-473-1360.

The Museum requires ample supervision for all programs. We suggest a minimum ratio of one adult for every 8 students. Adults helping the group will be admitted free (at a ratio of 1:8). Programs are available to a maximum of 75 people. They can be booked for less than 10 people, but a minimum charge for 10 people will be applied.

Download our Teacher’s Resource Manual