School Programs

Why Book a School Program With Us?

Student Learning Through Engagement

With a modern museum building, a restored 1859 schoolhouse, and an 1815 Mennonite family home, the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre offers truly unique educational experiences. Here students can discover, learn, and explore.

Education at the Lincoln Museum can take many forms and is tailored to all ages. We ensure that our educational programming is accessible, exciting, and curriculum connected. We take pride in creating unique learning experiences for all students.

The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre has been delivering integrated history education programs for over 24 years. Our programs are designed to meet the requirements of the Ontario Curriculum at the primary, junior, and intermediate levels.  All programs can be booked as a full-day immersive classroom at the museum or in an abbreviated format in your school.

Get the most out of the museum and fill the bus! While one class engages in the Strict but Nice 1908 classroom, another can enjoy a Museum Making experience.

Experience a 1908 School Day

‘Strict but Nice’

Join us for an unforgettable day of discovery, unique in all of Niagara. Authentically restored to capture the charm of a one-room country school, your class will experience a hands-on early 19th century school day at S.S. #4. Led by an experienced costumed instructor, children role-play a 1908 school day. Classes can be adapted to accommodate multigrade, Montessori, or for any accessibility needs.

A full-day Strict but Nice program typically includes the following:

  • An interactive introduction to early-settler life, including Indigenous history.
  • God Save the King, The Lord’s Prayer (optional), and roll call.
  • Hygiene inspection and posture drill.
  • Moral memory exercise.
  • Arithmetic drill and exercises on slates.
  • Lunchtime games—wooden toys, stilts, and tug-of-war.
  • Heritage reading comprehension games.
  • Manual dexterity craft or pen and ink lesson.
  • Spelling bee.
  • Book a special Christmas or Valentine’s Day program, complete with seasonal crafts and decorations.
Booking Information
  • Maximum number of students: 36
  • Duration: 4.5 hrs
  • Cost: $12.00/ Student
  • Grades: Available for Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Adult Learners

The abbreviated 2.5 hour Travelling Outreach Program is available for in-class visits for the reduced cost of $10/student.

Explore Your Inner Artist

Museum Making

With a rotating exhibition schedule, there is always something new to experience at the museum. The Museum Making programs take place in the main museum building. This is a one-of-a-kind interactive learning opportunity for your class that combines local history with creativity to bring the curriculum to life. Following the morning making, students will tour the galleries and complete a series of hands-on, interactive activities. You can expect to examine objects, handle artifacts, learn about the region’s history and exercise critical thinking skills on this fun and interactive building tour.


Booking Information
  • Maximum number of students: 25
  • Duration: 4.5 hrs
  • Cost: $12.00/ Student
  • Grades: Available for Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Adult Learners

The abbreviated 2.5 hour Travelling Outreach Program is available for in-class visits for the reduced cost of $10/student.

Booking Options:

In this program, students will explore three dimensions, form, line, and texture through a variety of hands-on exercises using air-dry clay. This program focuses on process, history, and fundamental approaches to making art of clay. Students will create two three-dimensional objects using a variety of modeling techniques. Starting with a simple pinch pot while exploring the history of Canadian Indigenous pottery and culminating in a modeled and textured clay animal sculpture.

Fraktur is an art tradition related to the history of illustrated manuscripts, which thrived in Canada from 1750-1850. Known specimens of Canadian Fraktur are comparatively rare - in all, there may be fewer than 500 examples, 34 of which are in the collection of the Lincoln Museum. Using artist-grade materials, students will practice a variety of watercolour techniques, explore colour theory, and will observe the reactions between other mediums and watercolour paints. In their final artwork, students will be challenged to be creative using mixed-media methods to create a fraktur-inspired watercolour composition!

We’re Here to Help!

Upon booking the program teachers will receive a Teacher’s Manual complete with historical information, suggested pre-visit and post-visit activities, and a practical guide to our facilities. For the Strict But Nice Program, costume sketches and historically accurate lunch recipes are also included to help your class get the most from their role-playing experience.

For more information or to book email, all inquiries will be responded to within 2 standard business days.


Please Note:

  • Teachers are required to supervise students in the classroom at all times. Teachers and accompanying adults are ‘no-charge', but are strictly limited to 4 in number.
  • All visits must be pre-booked: a confirmation letter with your specific details will be provided.
  • Program bookings require a minimum of 12 participants. Bookings with less than 12 participants will be charged based on this minimum.
  • Cancellations made less than 10 days prior to a confirmed program are subject to a cancellation charge of half (50%) of the total program cost. Cancellations made 3 or fewer days prior to a confirmed program are subject to a full charge (100%) of the total program cost.