We now offer the following programming for Grades K-6 that follow Alberta Curriculum!

To inquire about or book your class field trip, please complete our 2021 Education Program Booking Request Form to reserve your spot! For more information, please contact the office directly at bookings@lacombemuseum.com or (403) 782-3933.

Please familiarize your students with our Visitor Guidelines for Schools prior to your visit!

  • As we are a non-profit organization, programming fees help cover the cost of instruction, supplies and equipment.
  • Our halfday tours are by donation.
  • Our curriculum based School Programming fees are $2.00 donation per student, with no additional fees for adult supervisors.

Donations by school groups are greatly appreciated and can be a great opportunity to talk about topics such as fundraising and community support in the classroom before visiting the museum.

Dates are on first come basis starting Feburary 3rd, 2020.

K – Grade 2 a maximum of 15;
Grade 3 – 6 a maximum of 15 (but ideally 12).
Due to the limited size of our Museums, we will offer to split classes into 2 smaller groups that can run programs in different locations at the same time more comfortably.

None, although accessibility may be an issue for some. The Michener House has steep stairs (one step at the Blacksmith Shop Museum), space is limited at Michener so strollers must be kept outside.

Free Parking is available adjacent to the Michener Museum, as well as the parking lot at the Lacombe Memorial Centre located at 51 Avenue and 52 Street, one street west of Michener Museum.

Please note as we are located in a historic building, often the temperature fluctuates and it can go from hot to cold in the same afternoon inside! We recommend dressing in layers for visits. Weather permitting, activities either take place in Michener House Garden or inside the Museum itself.

Various activity booklets, and/or hands-on activities depending on location and event/season. All are catered to different age groups. Demonstrations can be offered at various events/locations.

Education Progams

In Alberta, many households kept sheep and goats and used their hair or wool to make clothing. At the Michener House Museum, students will gain a basic understanding of how wool is carded, spun into threads and then woven on a small loom. They will be introduced to Lap looms, small portable weaving tools used to speed up the process of moving one thread up and down through another thread to create a piece of woven fabric, and will be invited to create their own decorative fiber art to take home during this program. The weaving process helps to promote basic math concepts, fine motor control, dexterity, concentration, self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Curriculum Links: Life in a Prairie Town, Community contributions

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Curriculum Link: Art, Creative Expression, Social Studies

At the Michener House Museum, children will experience what it was like to be a child many years ago. Making old fashioned butter and learning games like hop-scotch, red rover and more; this program will be a lot of fun! It will balance work and play and teach children about how much work kids had to do on the farm in the “old days.” Chores in this program may include setting a proper table, helping with the laundry, gardening, lacing shoes and boots, making beds or cleaning up the house. Dress to be outdoors for part of this program!

Curriculum Links: Life in a Prairie Town, Community contributions

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Curriculum Link: Social Studies

Visit the Blacksmith Shop Museum, Alberta’s oldest working blacksmith shop built in 1902, and learn what it was like to live in this part of Alberta more than 150 years ago! Storytelling, show and tell and a forge-based demonstration are all elements of this program as we introduce younger children to the people and places significant to this historic site!

Curriculum Links: Community, Individual contributions to community, Changes over time

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Curriculum Link: First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Social Studies

Using the historic downtown of Lacombe as our backdrop, as well as pictures and stories from the depression era, students learn how farming areas in Central Alberta were affected by the Depression. A timeline and photos set the stage for our onsite activities, with visits to both the 1894 Michener House, 1902 Blacksmith Shop Museum, and our historic downtown sector. Dress to be outdoors for part of this program!

Curriculum Links: The Great Depression, Economic Changes Over Time, Changing Ways of Life in Canada

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6
Curriculum Link: Social Studies

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