Museums of PEC

School Visits

Dear Principal and Teachers:

We are excited to share with you our Education Programs at the Museums of Prince Edward County.

Grades 1, 2, 3, and 7 can visit our museums for curriculum-based tours that are engaging, interactive and memorable.  If you have a request for another grade level (including pre-school and Kindergarten classes), please contact us. We would love to create a custom program for you.

Pre-visits to your classroom(s) are an option we are happy to offer, free of charge!   A costumed guide will attend “in character” and provide an exciting historical experience for your students, preparing them for their upcoming visit.

Programs typically run 1.5 hours but, again, can be customized for your specific preferences.  Our sites have ample parking for buses, and we can provide a nice spot for your students to enjoy a bag-lunch.  The cost of a 1.5 hour program is $3.50 per student and free admission is offered to teachers and chaperones! There may be nominal additional fees if you wish to include a heritage cooking component at Macaulay Heritage Park.

Programs at Macaulay Heritage Park are offered year-round; the other museum sites offer programming seasonally, April through October

Please contact Jennifer at 613-476-2148 ext.258 or to arrange a visit.


Program 1:  Meet Your Museums (Grade 1)

(Available at “Museums of Prince Edward County” sites; hearth-baking is an option at Macaulay House)

  1. What is a museum? What does it do for our community?
  2. Tour the museum with a costumed guide—Why is it special?
  3. Hands-on learning with 19th century toys  and “parlour games”
  4. Take part in some heritage baking or heritage crafts


Program 2: Oh Pioneers! (Grade 3)

(Available at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, Macaulay Heritage Park & Rose House; hearth-baking is an option at Macaulay House)

  1. What was the pioneer experience in Prince Edward County?
  2. Tour the museum with a costumed guide.
  3. Hands-on pioneer activities, including heritage crafts, 19th century toys & games, and scavenger hunts.

*Note: Ameliasburgh Heritage Village has several buildings on site of the pioneer era: log cabin, blacksmith shop, sap shanty, general store and more!


Program 3: 1850s Christmas (Grades 2 & 3)

(Available at Macaulay Heritage Park)

  1. Learn how early Christmas celebrations in Canada were attained from different cultures/traditions.
  2. Tour Macaulay House, decorated for 1850s Christmas, with a costumed guide.
  3. Take part in some holiday baking (and taste-testing!) at the kitchen hearth.
  4. Hands-on 19th century toys & games and paper crafts – creating Christmas decorations and paper chains.


Program 4:  Learning About Loyalists (Grade 7)

(Available at Macaulay Heritage Park and Rose House; hearth-baking is an option at Macaulay House)

  1. Learn about the transition of the County from a territory of “New France” to English settlement, primarily focused on the United Empire Loyalists
  2. Map Activity (drawing land lots), Tour of the historic house (Loyalist connections) and discovering Loyalist-era artifacts at the museum (i.e. what would a Loyalist pack to come to Upper Canada?)
  3. Tour of the historic house, relating its Loyalist history.