It’s the time when Toronto experienced increased immigration, the vote for women, the stock market crash, prohibition and the introduction of public health and welfare. It’s also the time of the Charleston craze, tabloid journalism, new technology and more. And it can all be seen, heard, felt and lived at Spadina Museum – Toronto’s only museum to represent the 1920s and 30s, a transformative period that dramatically changed the City.

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

285 Spadina Road
spadina@toronto.ca
416-392-6910

Connect with Toronto as it was in the 1920s and 1930s. Experienced staff interact with students within the restored rooms, engaging them in discussion at their language level. Suggested topics for pre-visit discussion: food, dining customs, entertainment and life in the home.

1 hour
Min. 10 students; Max. 60 students
$2.66 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: ESL
Topic: Canada’s Link to the World

  • Explore the life of a 1920s child through music, radio programs, games, photographs, stories and much more.
  • Students experience the world of the Austin grandchildren in this family focused tour.

1.5 hours
Min. 10 students; Max. 60 students
$4.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topics: Heritage Identity; People and Environments

Every house tells a story. Our design choices make a statement about who we are. Students experience the elements and principals of design while exploring Spadina Museum, a sumptuous mansion restored to its appearance in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Each student will create a plan for their own dream room to take home.
  • This is a hands-on program focusing on how cultural context impacts architecture and design.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Arts (including Visual Arts)
Topics: Arts Fundamentals, Social Studies Canada and the World

This participatory program confronts students with the personal experiences of a prominent Toronto family before, during and following the First World War.

  • Analyse archival material and artifacts.
  • Explore the war contributions of an artilleryman, a nursing assistant, and their family at home in Toronto.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History
Topic: Canada: A Changing Society

Explore Spadina Museum while uncovering the life of Albert Edison Austin 1888 – 1913.

  • Participants investigate rooms Bertie lived in, examine photographs of him and his peers, compare letters to his mother and father, and analyse descriptions of him written in his lifetime and after his sudden death.
  • Engagement in Bertie’s life is a tool for exploring how to research using archival documents, historical photographs and physical objects.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History
Topic: Canada: A Changing Society

This participatory program confronts students with the personal experiences of a prominent Toronto family before, during and following the First World War.

  • Analyze archival material and artifacts.
  • Explore the war contributions of an artilleryman, a nursing assistant, and their family at home in Toronto.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History
Topics: Canadian History Since World War I (First World War), Conflict and Change

Where could help be found in 1930s Toronto? Government relief was inadequate, intentionally shameful and rare. Charities were overwhelmed.

  • Visit Spadina Museum, restored to a period when the philanthropy of the wealthy was the social safety net.
  • Using drama, film, music and documents from the Austin collection at Spadina museum, students examine the class struggles and cultural viewpoints that shaped the 1930s in Canada.
  • “Bringing it Home” was awarded silver by Interpretation Canada for excellence in education programming 2012.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History
Topic: Canadian History Since World War I (First World War)

Born of the Great War, the 1920s was a time of expanding economies, increased consumer choice and enlarged discretionary incomes.

  • An immersive program: students are assigned identities based on the lives of actual Torontonians in the 1920s.
  • Students examine artifacts and documents to choose how they will live.
  • Buy a car, go to the movies, pay rent; many things are possible in this examination of life in the booming years of the 1920s.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History
Topic: Canadian History Since World War I (First World War)

Participants decode letters, report cards, photographs and artifacts to determine the personal values and narrative of one member of the Austin family.

  • Spadina staff work with students, assisting them and sharing their experiences as professionals in a museum setting analysing, interpreting and communicating historical content.
  • Trip can be enhanced by booking a tour of the City of Toronto Archives, a 10 minute walk from Spadina Museum. Contact 416-397-5000 ext. 3 or archives@toronto.ca
  • This program conforms to the expectations described in Interdisciplinary Course grade 12 IDC4UI Archives and Local History

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History
Topic: Methods of Historical Inquiry & Communication

All Grades & ESL – Roaring Twenties Christmas

Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina.

  • Explore the 1920s Christmas decorations and traditions of the Austin family
  • In the kitchen enjoy a holiday treat made from original recipes

1 hour
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$4.42 + HST

Grade 2 – Winter Wonderland

Be immersed in an authentic 1920s environment. The house is decorated as Austin family members remember it when they visited as grandchildren

  • Use touch, taste, smell and sounds to experience 1920s seasonal traditions
  • Participants share their own memories of special occasions within their own family
  • Make a seasonal craft to take home
  • Examine family photos and documents to personalize the experience of the Austin family

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$4.87 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Traditions & Celebrations
Topic: Traditions & Celebrations, Oral Communications

Grade 2 – Holly Jolly Holiday

A more in-depth exploration of the 50 room mansion and the the seasonal traditions of the Austin family

  • Be immersed in an authentic 1920s environment with decorations as remembered by the grandchildren when they visited the home
  • Bake in the historic kitchen
  • Make a seasonal craft to take home
  • Explore the 1920s Christmas decorations of the Austin family and compare them with seasonal traditions in Toronto today

3 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$7.96 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Traditions & Celebrations
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Oral Communications