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About Our Tours

The Woodland Cultural Centre, a museum of excellence, opens the doors to Southern Ontario’s First Nations past, present, and future. School and Public programs, offer interested visitors the opportunity to discover Native Ontario.

Prearranged tours of the Centre’s premier collections are available through the Museum Education program. Guided tours of the museum facility are created to fit the needs of the visitor – you decide the time, the activities, and the length of your visit.

We require a group of 10 guests minimum and maximum 60 guests for a guided tour of the museum or residential school.

COST:

$10.00 (includes Admission + 1 tour)
$3.00 for additional tour/workshop presentation
$3.00- $5.00 for crafts

All support community members receive FREE admission to the museum including: Six Nations of the Grand River, Tyendinaga & Wahta

Note: Tours, Scavenger Hunt, and Walking Tour of Indigenous Plants workshop, are only offered on-site. All other workshops and presentations are offered both on and off-site.

Price changes to our programming will be implemented for all group visits beginning September 1st, 2019 to build our programs for the future.

Please contact tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca, for off-site presentation fees and mileage costs, and for the new education prices for the 2019 school year.

GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR

The tour of the museum gives history of the Woodland people, specifically the Six Nations (Onondaga, Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, and Tuscarora), from roughly 600 years ago, and working up to the present day. There are many artifacts to view, and stories to hear and discuss along the way through the tour. 

The Guided Tour allows guests to ask questions, hear stories and folklore, and make sure they don’t miss anything!

Grade level: All ages

Length: Approximately 1 hour

 

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL TOUR (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE – see Virtual Tour below)

GUIDED TOURS ONLY – MUST BE BOOKED, NO WALK-IN TOURS. The tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School gives the history of the school from when it opened in 1828 until its closure in 1970. Tour guides share survivor stories, and guests will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building.

Grade level: 6+

Length: Approximately 1 hour

PLEASE NOTE – The residential school building is currently closed for renovations. Please contact our Tours Department for alternatives to the residential school tour. 

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL VIRTUAL TOUR 

As an alternative to the guided tour while the Mohawk Institute is undergoing construction and renovations, local production company Thru the Reddoor created this video.The virtual tour follows guide, Lorrie Gallant as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, gives the history of the institution over its 140 year history. Lorrie shares survivor stories, and viewers will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building as well as hear interviews from five survivors.

Grade level: 6+
Length: Approximately 1 hour

 

SCAVENGER HUNT

The scavenger hunt will require the participants to journey through the museum to find the clues that lead them to puzzle pieces that will eventually when put all together, create a cultural image. Not only is this activity engaging and fun, but participants will be learning as they go.

Grade level: 2+

Length: Approximately ½ hour

We also have developed a scavenger hunt for the younger children’s groups, where they will hunt for different pieces in a sand box, examine and identify different fur pelts, and animal tracks.

Grade level: pre-K – 2

Length: Approximately ½ hour

Cancellation Policy

The Woodland Cultural Centre requires a 2-week advance notice of a cancellation or a change in reserved number of participants for a tour, workshop or craft activity. The 2-week time period is in calendar days (not business days).

Failure to provide proper notice of cancellation of a booking will result in a $200 cancellation fee. Failure to provide proper notice of changes in reserved number of participants will result in being invoiced/charged for the original number of participants stated in the signed tour confirmation form.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the Group Visits and Rentals Coordinator at tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca