Cultural Literacy


Learning at the Museum: A Guide to the Canadian Museum of Nature is a pilot project presented in partnership with Mount Allison University and the Canadian Museum of Nature. It will launch in early 2019, with workshops and activities directly related to the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario.

Learning at the Museum is designed to increase learner confidence in participating in cultural activities by making cultural spaces more accessible through delivery of a workbook-based, supportive workshop for adult learners. The program increases learner participation and comfort levels in cultural activities and spaces. Learning at the Museum is written at a grade 6-8 reading level, following Clear Language and Design principles and is geared toward adult learners who may experience barriers to learning.

Who can benefit from running Learning at the Museum workshops?

  • Learning and Community Centres
  • Libraries & Schools
  • Cultural Centres
  • Seniors Centres
  • ESL Programs
  • Settlement Agencies
  • Parenting Programs
  • Health Centres
  • Youth Support Programs
  • Disability Support Programs
  • … and more!

How does the program work?

Learning at the Museum workshops are delivered by host organization staff. ABC Life Literacy Canada provides free online training to help prepare your staff or volunteers to deliver the workshops. The program is made up of three individual workshops:

  1. one pre-visit workshop to be held in the classroom
  2. one on-site workshop to be held at the museum
  3. and one post-visit workshop to be held in the classroom

An hour for each workshop, for a total of 3 hours of content is recommended. The program is highly flexible and can be adapted to suit shorter or longer schedules, depending on your learners’ needs.

Learning at the Museum is completely introductory so you don’t need to have a background in art, history or science to successfully deliver the workshops.

For more information, to host a workshop or access online training, please contact Paul at

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This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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