Visiting the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol has never been easier or more affordable! Your class can investigate a real jail break, explore the life and trials of Huron’s earliest settlers, get hands on with the history of salt mining in Huron County or participate in many other fascinating programs! Whatever your curriculum needs or grade, the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol has a program that will fascinate and engage your students!
Museum & Gaol programs begin at only $3.50 per student.
This program will be offered for a limited time, as funds permit, on a first come first serve basis. The Compass Minerals Museum Bus Program is generously funded by Compass Minerals.
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If These Walls Could Talk: Discover life behind the stone walls at the Huron Historic Gaol. Follow early inmates from courtroom to cell and compare the life of prisoners with the life of their governor.
Grades K – 12 / 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes
Minor Crimes: See life in Gaol through the eyes of a child. This tour introduces the stories of two real children who stayed at the Gaol in the early twentieth century: a nine-year-old boy committed for ‘mischief’ and the gaoler’s nine-year-old daughter. Explore and try interactive activities to investigate where these children would have slept, ate, worked and played, and discuss changing community rules and punishments past and present.
Grades 2 – 4 / 1 hour 30 minutes
Investigate an Escape! Two prisoners are missing from their cells! Follow the clues and gather witness testimony from Gaol staff and prisoners to investigate a real jailbreak from 1879. Use critical thinking and strategy to plot how you would break out of the Huron Gaol, and make conclusions based on evidence to solve a real historical mystery.
Grades 5 – 8 / 1 hour 30 minutes
Home in Huron: What was life like for some of Huron County’s early settlers? Why did they move to Huron County, and why do families continue to immigrate here to this day? Prepare for the journey to a new home, investigate life in a new place and discover the hardships of many early settlers’ first years in a new country. Includes hands on activities.
Grades 1 – 4 / 1 hour 30 minutes
Salt of the Earth: Explore the history of salt mining in Huron County. Investigate the many uses of salt, how it is produced and what it is like to work underground in the salt mine and get hands-on and close-up with salt experiments!
Grades 4 – 8 / 1 hour 30 minutes
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Explore past and present vehicles on land, air and the Great Lakes, and make a paper propeller to drop from the Museum’s mezzanine.
Grades Pre K – 3 / 1 hour 30 minutes
Huron County and The World Wars: Learn about life in the trenches and on the home front for the men, women and children of Huron County. Investigate how the World Wars changed Huron’s industrial, agricultural, social and everyday life. Includes investigative spotlight on soldiers and nursing sisters, and exploration of the Museum’s Military Gallery.
Grades 5 – 10 / 1 hour 30 minutes
Celebrate: Experience the customs of different celebrations throughout the world, and learn the cultural significance of different decorations, clothing, food and activities. Compare your family’s holiday celebrations to the sites, sounds and smells of multicultural holidays around the world and in the past. Holidays featured change seasonally.
Grades 1 – 3 / 1 hour 30 minutes
Exhibit: Curators in the Making: Your class creates a custom exhibit based on the topic(s) of your choice. Working with Museum staff over the course of a semester, your class will learn the basics of exhibit planning and design to create an exhibit for all to enjoy. Select, interpret and describe artifacts with personal or community significance. This customized
exhibit may be displayed on-site at the Museum
or on location at your school.
Grades 2 – 12
110 North Street, Goderich, ON N7A 2T8
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