The Archives is a place where things happen. The collection, preservation, and interpretation of Ontario’s history takes place at the Archives of Ontario and a visit to your provincial archives will offer your students the opportunity to understand the power of primary sources in an interactive and hands-on environment.
In our specially designed classroom space, students will be introduced to the concept of an archive and how one can search for and interpret material that can aid them in their learning. In all of our workshops, students will get a chance to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives, including a visit to the Reading Room, Preservation Lab, and Conservation Vaults.
All workshops are free, run by experienced educators, and link with the Social Studies, History, and Canadian and World Studies curricula.
Unable to visit the Archives of Ontario? Want a more interactive experience than using a lesson plan? Bring the Archives to your class.
To book an onsite visit, complete a Booking Request Form [PDF] and a member of our team will get back to you to confirm details.
Please note: your visit is not confirmed until you have received a written booking confirmation. If for any reason you are unable to attend your session, please inform Archives staff at least one week in advance. Insufficient notice may result in a cancellation fee.
All our onsite programs are designed to be a half day long, but start and end times can usually be arranged to suit you. Our normal business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All programming is led by Archives staff. We kindly ask that teachers remain with their groups for the duration of the program and supervise students. Please note that the Archives of Ontario is not responsible for accidents or injuries incurred while in the building or on the grounds.
A minimum number of adult supervisors is required to accompany each school group: