Experiences for School Audiences

With the many challenges facing educators today, the Canmore Museum is hard at work developing new, socially-distanced programming that provides engaging, curriculum-based experiences for learners. We are working with an Education Advisory Committee to guide us in the creation of place-based educational experiences that reflect the valley community we live in and the role of our museum within it.

We will be launching two pilot programs in January, 2021, along with relevant on-line and community-based resources. If you have education programming requests or suggestions, please send them along to We look forward to working with all educators and learners in the Bow Valley!

Education Collection

The museum makes available to schools and community organizations the loan of objects from our community education collection free of charge. Objects in this collection do not have a documented provenance related to our mandate and are suitable for hands-on use and/or exhibition in a non-museum environment. Please contact our Program Coordinator to access items from this collection for classroom use by calling (403) 678-2462 x 3 or by email.

Using artifacts + primary sources in the classroom

Primary sources are the pieces of evidence that historians use to learn about people, events, and everyday life in the past. Students can use primary sources, too. By focusing on the resource itself —documents, objects, photographs, and oral histories—students can get a glimpse into the past beyond what a textbook can provide.

Object-based learning promote active, open-ended, student centred learning in the classroom as part of the general learning plan. Using real objects and other primary sources enhances understanding and develops analytical skills.

  • They provide a direct link with a topic or ‘the past’ and can really enhance young people’s interest in and understanding of a topic/subject.
  • They encourage learners to use all their senses – especially touch, sight and smell.
  • They help to develop the important skill of drawing conclusions based on an examination of evidence, together with an understanding of the limitations and reliability of evidence.
  • They are ideal for generating group and class discussion.
  • They promote the value of museums and encourage young people to visit museums and galleries with their families to further their learning.

For practical advice of how to introduce object-based learning into your teaching, the following free online resources from the Smithsonian Institution will provide assistance.

  • Engaging Students With Primary SourcesOBL Teacher Guide | A guide for teachers, includes brief introductions to using documents, photographs, oral histories, and objects for classroom learning. The guide includes student handouts, sample lessons, recommendations for finding primary sources by type, and more support materials for teachers.  Developed by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Guide to Doing History With Objects | An essay written by Museum curators to introduce teachers to the variety of stories objects can tell. The site includes links to other resources for interpreting primary sources.

To Learn More ..

The Canmore Museum is currently reviewing its education programming to bring teachers with education experiences which better integrate into their classroom experiences.  To learn more about our current offerings, please contact Jarrid Jenkins, Programs + Events.

Jarrid Jenkis

Programs + Events
(403) 678-2462