The Military Museums

Education Packages

Boats, Bells, and Banners
Grades 1-3 • 2 hrs 15 mins

What keeps huge navy ships afloat? In this package, students seek to answer this and other questions in a presentation on the science behind buoyancy, a tour of the naval museum of Alberta, and an art activity where students create their own small boats and test their sea worthiness.

Canada's Indigenous Veterans
Grades 4-6 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Throughout Canada’s history, Indigenous people have played a crucial role in the defence of Canada. Learn how Canada’s Indigenous people have contributed to and shaped Canada’s history from the War of 1812 to Afghanistan. This package includes artifact handling, a theatre presentation, and a gallery tour.

Posters and Propaganda
Grades 4-6 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Learn the role of art in wartime. See how comics, propaganda, and paintings are used to sway public opinion and boost morale. Gain an understanding of the role of propaganda through a tour, a theatre presentation, and an art activity.

Shaping Our Nation: War of 1812
Grades 7-9 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Learn how the brave exploits of General Isaac Brock, Tecumseh, and Laura Secord helped shaped Canada’s identity and political boundaries. Discover how 19th century warfare and politics relate to who we are today in a theatre presentation, a tour and hands-on activity.

Canada and the Great War
Grades 7-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Students will learn about the preparation, participation and the consequences of Canada’s victory at Vimy Ridge through a 45-minute presentation, learn about allegiances in an interactive board game and see Alberta’s role in the Great War through tours of “The Last Reunion of the CEF” Exhibit and our Regimental Galleries.

Cartoons and Citizenship
Grades 10-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Students will compare commissioned artwork versus the distinctive designs on crests and nose cones found throughout the Naval and Air Force Museums of Alberta. Students will also examine the structure and messages of editorial cartoons found in national publications. This package contains a classroom presentation and a tour.

Canada’s Indigenous Perspectives: Past, Present and Future
Grades 4-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

This theatre presentation, incorporating a short video, aims to introduce students to past, present and future military service by Indigenous people. This presentation will show military service from an Indigenous perspectives (a past veteran, present soldier and future enlistee. Students will have the opportunity to ask, discover, explore and discuss the stories of Indigenous veterans and today's soldiers.

Indigenous Artifact Handling
Grades 4-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Students will be introduced to the various tools, animals and plants that were the most important to Indigenous peoples, and learn about Indigenous Storytelling through Mike Mountain Horse's Story Robe. This package includes a presentation, art activity and artifact handling.

Programs And Presentations

Furry Friends and the Front
Grades 1-3 • 2hrs 15mins

Students learn about the four-legged service members which served Canada in the First and Second World Wars. Students will create their own fictional service animal in an art activity, and then develop a backstory for it, complete with heroics and awards.

Artifact Handling
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Students have an opportunity to handle real Canadian Armed Forces artifacts such as helmets, boots and gas masks ranging from the First World War to Afghanistan.

Marching Drill and Uniform Try-on
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Identity, pride and teamwork are paramount to the military. In this program, students experience marching drill in authentic uniforms and learn how and why uniforms and drill promote teamwork and on-the-spot thinking.

Time to Explore
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Under adult and teacher supervision, students explore and learn what they choose in our eight distinct galleries. Scavenger hunts are also available for a more interactive and guided experience.

Explosive Threats
Grades 4-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Discover Canada’s efforts to detect and remove a threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war around the world as part of our membership in the UN and NATO. Strap on armour as you learn the detection process of the simulated de-mining exercise.

Send and Receive
Grades 4-12 • 30 or 45 mins

It was the original text message. Students will learn about the significance of Morse Code technology and learn its role in military history, in addition to learning how to communicate in Morse Code.

Evolution of Peacekeeping
Grades 4-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Canadian UN operations are compared and contrasted in this interactive presentation. Students will learn to apply conflict resolution to their personal lives.

Operation Overlord: Briefing Room
Grades 4-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Sit in a briefing given by a General on Canada’s role in the planning of D-Day and its outcome. The focus will then switch to D-Day and its place in Remembrance Day.

Passages of Vimy
Grades 7-12 • 30-45 mins

Young students will learn about the importance of Vimy Ridge and learn to respect the importance of remembrance and the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in the First World War.

Remembrance Programs

These programs can be tailored to suit the appropriate grade level.

Understanding Remembrance
Grades 1–4 • 30 mins

This engaging presentation, designed for younger children, introduces the concepts of remembrance using the poem In Flanders Fields, the symbol of the poppy and aspects of a Remembrance Day service.

Origins of Remembrance
Grades 4–12 • 30 mins

This is a presentation of the experiences and insights from a World War One nursing sister as she details how Remembrance Day and the symbols of remembrance began.

Newfoundland at the Somme
Grades 6-12 • 45 mins

Understand the impact of the First World War and the Battle of the Somme on Newfoundland from a prosperous pre-war dominion eager to fight for King and Empire, to a decimated colony just fighting for survival.

Outreach Programs

Century of Service
Grades 3-12 • 2hrs and 15 mins

Play a risk-style game, handle Second World War artifacts and take part in a First World War tank building competition, in your own school!

Indigenous Artifact Handling
Grades 4-12 • 2hrs and 15 mins

Students will be introduced to the various tools, animals and plants that were the most important to Indigenous peoples, and learn about Indigenous Storytelling through Mike Mountain Horse's Story Robe. This package includes a presentation, art activity and artifact handling.

Canada’s Indigenous Perspectives: Past, Present and Future
Grades 4-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

This theatre presentation, incorporating a short video, aims to introduce students to past, present and future military service by Indigenous people. This presentation will show military service from an Indigenous perspectives (a past veteran, present soldier and future enlistee. Students will have the opportunity to ask, discover, explore and discuss the stories of Indigenous veterans and today's soldiers.

Special Topics

Meet a Veteran or Serving Member
Grades 1-12 • 45 mins

Learn about Canadian Forces military operations from the veterans or serving members themselves. Plenty of opportunities for questions and answers!

Voices of Remembrance 
Grades 10-12 • 45 mins

Experience the Korean War told through video clips by the men who were there. Canadian veterans of the Korean War were everyday citizens who stood up for what we as a nation believed in: peace, freedom and justice.

Vimy Ridge: The Gathering Storm
Grades 10-12 • 45 mins

On April 9, 1917, the Canadian Corps assaulted the heavily defended Vimy Ridge. In this presentation, students learn about the preparation, participation, and the consequences of Canada's victory at Vimy Ridge.

Canada and the Cold War
Grades 10–12 • 45 mins

Experience the tension of the Cold War and learn about how the Era still impacts Canada today in a theatre presentation and Air Force Tour.

Women in War
Grades 10–12 • 45 mins

Discover the contributions women have made throughout Canada's military history from the First World War to today.

Museum Tours

Navy
Grades K–12 • 30 or 45 mins

The Naval Museum of Alberta Discover Alberta’s seafaring tradition with this tour. Special focus tours can be requested for Industry and Government or the Battle of the Atlantic.

Army
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Tour one of five army museums. The Army Museum of Alberta — Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum — Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives — The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) Museum — The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives — Learn about Canadian soldiers in the Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, the United Nations, peace keeping operations and current conflicts like Afghanistan.

Air Force
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

The Air Force Museum of Alberta — From Billy Bishop to the Red Baron, bombers to the ground crew, and peacekeeping to POWs, this tour starts with the early days of flight and takes students through to Canada’s present day air force.

The Founders' Gallery
Grades 1–12 • 30 or 45 mins

This gallery hosts temporary art and heritage exhibitions. Displays change every four to six months. See the What's New page to view the current exhibits.

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