Set along the walking trails of beautiful Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough Museum traces the story of this community’s rural roots and two centuries of immigration. The museum is situated on property first granted to David and Mary Thomson, who settled in Scarborough about 1798.

Originally the farm fields of Scarborough’s first settlers, Thomson Memorial Park is now the setting for the Scarborough Museum and its gardens. Every year, the staff of the Scarborough Museum faithfully re-create 19th Century gardens to enhance the surroundings of the museum buildings.

To book a school trip to Scarborough Museum, please contact the museum directly:

1007 Brimley Road
shm@toronto.ca
416-338-8807

Teachers select the activities, the museum delivers, & students get hands-on! Simply choose 1 activity from each of the following 3 segments to customize a program.

1.5 hours / $4.50 per student plus tax

Segment 1
Discover early settler life in the 1800s McCowan Log House and…

  • Bake over the open hearth
  • Grind grains the old fashioned way
  • Discover artifacts through storytelling
  • Explore fireside storytelling drama techniques

Segment 2
Explore 19th century technologies, social customs and art forms in Cornell House and…

  • Bake a Victorian treat in a woodstove
  • Make ice cream (seasonal)
  • Play fun interactive parlour games
  • Learn how to conduct oral history interviews of each other

Segment 3
More hands-on history…

  • Play with reproduction toys & have fun with croquet!
  • Get hands-on with artifacts
  • Explore 1800s transportation & play horseshoes

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Heritage & Citizenship, Diversity in Urban and Rural Communities

Storytelling, expressive song & games make up this popular interactive JK/SK program.

1 hour / $4 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Drama
Topic: Optics, Drama & Dance

Have fun with cooking, play with toys, try household chores & get close to1800s objects.

1 hour / $4 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Science & Technology
Topics: Exploration & Experimentation, Relationship, Rules & Responsibilities

Make old-fashioned candy, play 19th century parlour games, explore early settler life with interactive storytelling, & do hands on activities.

1.5 hours / $4.50 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Science & Technology/Mathematics
Topics: Characteristics of Objects and Properties of Materials, Relationship, Rules & Responsibilities

Make ice-cream, play 19th century outdoor games & experience the social side of early life in Scarborough.

2 hours / $5.25 per student plus tax
Seasonal: April to June
Also available for Grade 3 classes

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Matter & Materials

Dive into Scarborough’s past with baking, storytelling, song & tableau theatre.

2 hours / $5.25 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Drama
Topics: Drama & Dance

Connect to Scarborough’s early immigrants with hands-on artifact fun, make butter & bake scones over the hearth.

2 hours / $5.25 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Diversity in Urban and Rural Communities

Create tableau theatre with early settler themes, bake in a woodstove & get hands-on with artifacts.

2 hours / $5.25 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Drama
Topic: Optics, Drama & Dance

Scarborough’s past becomes real with theatre, artifacts, baking, exhibits & oral histories.

2 hours / $5.25 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Drama
Topic: Optics, Drama & Dance

Explore oral history interview skills, primary source materials & woodstove baking.

2 hours / $5.25 per student plus tax
In-class version available

Ontario Curriculum

Grade 5 & 6 Subject: Social Studies
Grade 7 & 8 Subject: History
Topics: Methods of Historical Inquiry & Communication

Explore drama techniques, bake cornmeal muffins & learn about local history.

2 hours / $5.25 per student plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Drama
Topic: Optics, Drama & Dance

Explore early settler Christmas traditions, decorate a cedar rope wreath for the classroom, & bake a traditional holiday treat!

2 hours / $6.75 per student plus tax
Available from the end of November & throughout December

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Holiday Season Programming
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Relationships, Rules & Responsibilities, Matter & Materials, Early Settlements in Upper Canada

Scarborough Museum offers educational programming outside of regular school hours for homeschool groups, Scouts, Girl Guides, etc. The price for evening bookings is $8 per participant, minimum 10 participants. Please contact the museum directly for program details.