Museum School London (MSL)
Museum School London provides elementary students with an unforgettable week of learning and discovery.
This innovative approach to education allows teachers to move their classrooms into a museum setting for a full week of curriculum-based experiential learning, making the arts, science, and Canadian history come to life. Now entering its 14th year, Museum School London is available at 10 local museums or heritage sites across London and area.
Museum School London is made possible by the generous support of organizations like London Life (Presenting Corporate Sponsor), the Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board, the City of London, the Kiwanis Club of Forest City (London), and the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex (London).
2019/2020 applications are now closed. Applications for 2020/2021 will open in spring 2020.
Museum School London Sites
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Spend a full week discovering Canada's medical heroes. With curriculum connections for students in grades 7 and 8, Museum School London at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame offers an exciting mix of science, history, and drama activities that your students will never forget. Plus, have the opportunity to explore Banting House, one of London's National Historic Sites and the birthplace of the invention of insulin.
Step back in time and spend four days at Eldon House, an historic building and former home of London's Harris Family. Eldon House offers curriculum-based programming for grades 3-8 and lets students explore the history of Canada first hand. Experience Victorian-era customs, explore art history, walk along London's historic Thames River, and much more.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Make Fanshawe Pioneer Village your classroom and experience the past in the present! During your stay at the museum we will provide five 90-120-minute programs that create connections to the Ontario Curriculum and introduce students to life in the 1800s. Discover the hard work and experiences of early settlers’ life within the setting of our heritage village. Students will leave with an understanding of how our community has grown and changed and will be introduced to the importance of preserving history. At the end of the day teachers are welcome to use all the resources of this outstanding living history site.
Established in 2007, Jet Aircraft Museum is the only working aircraft museum in Canada dedicated to the study of Cold War jets. Located at the London International Airport, the museum has a hangar, a maintenance hangar, a flight simulator room, and a Flight School (classroom). The museum’s Education Program is based on the Ontario Grade 6 curriculum expectations and involves students in interactive activities, many of which cannot be duplicated in the classroom
Jet Aircraft Museum
London Children's Museum
Imagine a classroom with dinosaurs, polar bears, space shuttles, a vibrant community street – and watch science, heritage and arts come alive! Explore hands-on galleries and venture behind the scenes with the London Children’s Museum as your Museum School London classroom.
The Children’s Museum offers a wide range of interactive curriculum connected programs for students in grades JK through 6. Classroom teachers select a topic and museum educators plan a tailor-made, curriculum connected, unforgettable week of hands-on learning and discovery catering to each classroom’s specific needs. The remaining time is planned and facilitated by the classroom teacher using the various exhibits and resources of the site.
Museum London’s Curator of Education works with teachers to custom design a Museum School London Program that is fun and educational. Students participate in curriculum-based tours of our art & history exhibitions. The Museum’s tour guides lead students in hands-on studio programs and the opportunity to work with artists is also possible. Museum London is located downtown allowing for a Museum School London program that can include visits to other sites, such as the Covent Garden Market, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Harris Park and the Central Library.
During the Museum School London week at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, students will enjoy a week of hands-on and interactive activities all designed with the Ontario Curriculum in mind. Activities are built around the Social Studies, Science and Technology, as well as Arts and Mathematics curriculums and focus on Ontario’s Indigenous history, historical thinking concepts, and how archaeology works. Weeks include a blend of simulated excavations, activities, traditional games, and a hike in the adjacent creek area.
Museum of Ontario Archaeology
The learning environment at The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum offers unique opportunities by engaging the students with Canadian veterans and with army life in general. During the Museum School week, the students will take part in hands-on activities while learning about the Regiment and Canadian history in general. Located at Wolseley Barracks, a national historic site, The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum tells the story of the first infantry regiment established with the regular force in Canada.