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ATTENTION: Due to health concerns pertaining to Covid-19, all tours and workshops are currently unavailable except for the Virtual Tour now available through Zoom.

Please contact our Visitor Services Coordinator (frontdesk@woodlandculturalcentre.ca) for further info

 

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.

** PLEASE NOTE: Currently the Woodland Cultural Centre School/Group Visits are booked up for the 19/20 school year.

We will start taking bookings for the 2020-21 school year, April 1st, 2020

COST:

$12.00 (includes Admission + 1 tour)
$3.00 for additional tour presentation
$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.

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, 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. The Virtual tour is shown exclusively on the grounds of Woodland Cultural Centre.

Grade level: 6+
Length: Approximately 1 hour

For a better understanding of why the Mohawk Institute building is closed for reconstruction in our ongoing Save the Evidence campaign’s restoration, see the video provided below.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT

The scavenger hunt will follow the guided tour of the museum and will require the participants to journey through the museum to find the clues. Not only is this activity engaging and fun, but participants will be learning as they go.

Grade level: 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