Lacombe Museum Field Trips & Programs

Bookings for 2022 are now closed! Stay tuned for updates to our program offerings for 2023. Bookings will re-open in 2023.

School and group programs are regularly offered Victoria – Labour Day weekend when our heritage sites, the Michener House and Blacksmith Shop Museums, are open for the season.

During the other months of the year, our walking tours are available for group bookings. Small groups may be able to be accommodated in the Flatiron Building for programs that coincide with the current exhibit on display.

Which Field Trip is Right For My Group?

Historic Lacombe Tour

Historic Lacombe Tours take groups through downtown to explore the buildings and events that shaped Lacombe’s history.

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 downtown Lacombe 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

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!

Book your field trip online now!

Programs cost $3.50/student. All supervisors are welcome at no cost.

Dates are on first come basis starting Feburary 15th, 2023.

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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