Education & Programs

The Aylmer-Malahide Museum offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year to visitors of all ages.
Group tours are also available during evenings and weekends by appointment.
Off-site programs and displays can be arranged.

Visitors may submit research requests here.

Structured Lessons

Choose from one of our structured lessons below for an informal guided tour.

Pre-Colonial Southern Ontario

In this lesson, students will learn about pre-colonial Indigenous history, from the end of the last Ice Age (around 13 000 years ago) to the onset of European colonization (around 1700 CE). Our presentation explores the differences between the three major archaeological periods during this time (namely the Paleoindian Period, the Archaic Period, and the Woodland Period), highlighting environmental and ecological changes between the periods and how those changes are reflected in the social structures, architecture, and material remains of each period. Emphasis will be placed on the “deep time” of human occupation of our region, and the complexity of Indigenous cultures in both pre-colonial history and the current day. Students will learn the safe handling of artifacts and will be able to handle artifacts relevant to the presentation, some of which students will be encouraged to identify from context clues. Museum staff or volunteers will lead the presentation, with opportunities for student engagement.

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The Role of the General Store at the Turn of the Century

The General Store exhibit is a permanent exhibit that identifies what a General Store would have looked like in small communities such as Aylmer or those in Malahide from c.1890-1910

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