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ATTENTION: Due to health concerns pertaining to Covid-19, all in person tours and workshops are currently unavailable. Where possible, virtual programming is available through Zoom.

Please contact (tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca) for further info

 

Please be patient, Woodland Cultural Centre is currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails at this time.  We will respond as soon as we are able to tour bookings, fundraisers and donations.

 

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. 

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

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

Please contact tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca, for off-site presentation fees and for the new education prices.


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, we offer guests a virtual tour. The virtual tour video was created with local production company Thru the Reddoor, and it follows the guide, Lorrie Gallant, as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. During the video Lorrie provides the history of the institution over its 140 year history. 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 of the Mohawk Institute. 

Grade level: 6+
Length: Approximately 1 hour

For a better understanding of why the Mohawk Institute building is closed for reconstruction, see the video provided below.

 

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