Lacombe Museum Field Trips

The Lacombe Museum welcomes school groups to our heritage sites in May and June each year! Book your school trip today! 

2023 Updates

Please note that programs taking place in the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum are only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2023.

The Michener House Museum will be undergoing renovations in Spring 2023 as a part of our Michener House Re-Imagined project. Unfortunately, programs that take place at the Michener House Museum will not be scheduled at this time.

Which Field Trip is Right For My Group?

Groups can attend a Curriculum Program, a Historic Lacombe Tour, or both!

Learn more about our curriculum program offerings:

At the Michener House Museum students will experience what life was like for early settlers in Lacombe by taking part in important chores for daily life in the early 20th century like: laundry, butter making, gardening, and baking.

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Curriculum Link: Social Studies, Life in a Prairie Town, Community contributions

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!

Note: this program is only available Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2023

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Curriculum Link: Social Studies, The Great Depression, Economic Changes Over Time, Changing Ways of Life in Canada

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.

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Curriculum Link: Art, Creative Expression, Social Studies, Alberta History, Stories and Legends of Voyageurs, European Imperialism, Canadian Way of Life, Stories of Canada, Canadian Communities

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!

Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6
Curriculum Link: Social Studies, The Great Depression, Economic Changes Over Time, Changing Ways of Life in Canada

Historic Downtown Tours Available:

Explore phase one and two of the historic murals located in Lacombe’s Downtown core while learning the stories behind the murals and comparing them to the archival photos that they are based off of.

Your tour guide will walk you through Lacombe’s historic downtown to explore the histories and origins of some of Lacombe’s oldest buildings.

This tour is not suited for students under 12.

A tour guide will take your group through Lacombe’s downtown core and share some of the exciting, and scandalous, stories from our community’s past.

Please note topics covered in this tour include: epidemics, Residential Schools, true crime, and racism.

This tour has an expanded route that includes stops at St. Andrew’s United Church and the Lest We Forget Memorial Garden.

For more information, please contact the office directly at [email protected] 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!

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.