Lacombe Museum Field Trips & Programs

Our 2022 Lacombe Museum Field Trips & Programs are for all
Schools, HomeSchools, and Special Interest Groups

Which Field Trip is Right For My Group?

Half-Day Tour

A half-day tour consists of a visit to our three heritage buildings: the Michener House Museum, the Blacksmith Shop Museum, and the Flatiron Building Museum. At each building an interpreter will tell the group more about the site. At the Flatiron Building Museum the group will interact with the current exhibit that is on display. Please note that trips booked between May 6 and July 16 2022 will be viewing our Legacy of Hope exhibits. These exhibits contain content related to the Residential School System. This program requires groups to walk between the three buildings.

A group may request a mural tour instead of a tour of the three heritage buildings.

Note: as this program is currently offered by donation, there is only one version of the tour and it may not be suitable for very young students.

Curriculum Programs

Curriculum Programs are directed learning experiences that focus on a particular subject and have been developed with the Alberta curriculum learning outcomes in mind. These programs are hands on and have been developed to last 1.5 hours.

Half-day Tours

Full-day tours are a combination of both of our other offerings! Groups will participate in both a tour of the three heritage buildings and a curriculum program.

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

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

Your class will participate in a simulation of the Fur Trade to get a hands-on experience of what it was like. Your students will learn about the life and culture of the Métis Nation, and they will experience what it was like to portage a canoe and play traditional voyageur games.

Curriculum Links: Alberta History, Stories and Legends of Voyageurs, European Imperialism, Canadian Way of Life, Stories of Canada, Canadian Communities

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

To inquire about, or book your class field trip, please complete our 2022 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 note bookings are on a first-come-first-serve basis and only confirmed once you receive an official confirmation email from the Lacombe Museums.

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

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  • As we are a non-profit organization, programming fees help cover the cost of instruction, supplies and equipment.
  • Our half-day tours are run by donation.
  • Our curriculum-based School Programming fees are $3.50 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 15th, 2022.

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 3 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, and Flatiron have 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.

Exploration Kits – Museum from Home

Our Exploration Kits are ideal for small learning groups (1-6 youth) and span a variety of topics and difficulties, bringing unique Museum resources to you in the safety of your own home.

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