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Elementary

Humans, Once Upon a Time

No matter what culture or time period they belong to, humans have shared the same need to eat, love, believe in something, and enjoy themselves. Through a tour of the art of the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Africa as well as Mediterranean archaeology, the students will discover fascinating objects that open up a dialogue about diversity and encounters with other cultures.

Information

Workshop option
60-min tour + 60-min creative activity

Fee for Workshop option
$260


Exploration option
60-min tour + 30-min creative activity

Fee for Exploration option
$230


Like to stay longer?
We also offer a full-day Museum package for $450.


Location
Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at 2075 Bishop Street

Reservations

514-285-2000, option 5

Download the workshop description
Topics explored

  • Beliefs
    Students will explore beliefs from different cultures.
  • Daily life
    Students will become familiar with objects that are par of daily life.
  • Social organization
    Students will be introduced to the organization of the family and community values.
The tour

Students will explore specific themes during an interactive tour developed around artworks in the World Cultures collection.
Throughout the tour, students will participate in various theme-based activities :

  • Interactive discussions
  • Observation games
  • Drawing
  • Situational games
Creative activity

Workshop option
Student will create a fantastical mythical creature using India ink.
Material used:

  • India Ink
  • Brushes and ink pens

Exploration option
Students will create a fantastical mythical creature using ink.
Material used:

  • India Ink
  • Brushes and ink pens
A developmental learning experience

Thanks to its encyclopedic collection, the Museum is a fertile ground for stimulating reflection on ethical issues, learning about history, discovering the diversity of the world’s cultures and developing critical-thinking skills. Beyond artistic discovery, students will build their understanding of the world at the Museum.
In this activity, students will specifically learn to:

All cycles

Citizenship and community life

  • Culture of peace: interdependence of individuals, peoples and their accomplishments; equality of rights and the right to difference of individuals and groups.
  • Educate the students about the values required for community life.

Personal development

  • Examine cultural, moral, religious, scientific or social mores.
  • Connect expressions of religion with elements from the social and cultural environment – awareness of different ways of thinking, being or acting depending on the context.

Arts

  • Name (1st cycle), identify (2nd cycle) and differentiate between (3rd cycle) transforming gestures and tools
  • Name (1st cycle), identify (2nd cycle) and differentiate between (3rd cycle) elements of the visual arts language
  • Appreciate works of art and cultural objects of artistic heritage
  • Produce personal works of visual art

2nd cycle and 3nd cycle

Social sciences

  • Understand the diversity of societies and their territories

Science and technology

  • The living world: Explain the essential components of the metabolism of living things (e.g., eating, breathing).
Go more in depth

EducArt is an interdisciplinary pedagogical tool for Quebec teachers that was designed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Among the many works featured on this platform, we suggest you consult Two-Storey House, a Mexican piece on the theme of family harmony.

Planning your visit

We recommend you review the Museum’s code of conduct with your students by referring to our MuseuManners.

illustration of people at the Museum

General information

Reservations

Reservations are required for all groups of 15 people or more.

Phone: 514-285-2000, extension 5
Toll free: 1-800-899-6873, extension 440

Entrance

Unless otherwise specified, the group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.


Activities led by museum staff

Activities with a MMFA guide or mediator must be reserved at least three weeks in advance. The earlier you book, the more choices you’ll have!

Self-guided tours of the collections

It is possible to organize your own group tour of the Museum’s collections. Contact us to set up a time (availabilities vary according to our program schedule). Restrictions may apply to the number of participants and access to the collections. During your visit, you are responsible for supervising the behaviour of your students and ensuring the safety of the artworks.

Please note that self-guided group tours are not permitted for the major exhibitions.

Partner teacher
Free access for elementary and secondary school teachers!

For many years, we have offered free access for elementary and secondary students, as part of our Partner Teacher program. Interested? Please contact our department to be added to this special list!

Group rates

The prices listed apply to classes of 30 students or less (primary or secondary level), as well as to groups of 22 children or less (kindergarten, preschool or day care). Please note that the price is a group rate and does not reflect the exact number of children.

Adjustments to pricing

Every day, our team goes all out to welcome you and your students under the best possible conditions. To deal with peak visitor periods, especially for the Museum’s major exhibitions, we have reviewed our experiences, from free activities to a custom workshop for $260.

Confirmation and invoicing by email

You will receive a confirmation letter and invoice by email. Please verify the information in these documents carefully. Payment in full can be made ahead of time or on the day of the activity.

Reservation modifications

We will do our best to accommodate change requests, depending on their nature. Please note that no changes to the number of students are accepted less than 12 business days before the activity.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations are accepted by phone only and can be made free of charge up to 12 business days before the scheduled event. You will then be issued a confirmation number. Cancellations or changes are not accepted within 12 business of the event, and the activity will be billed in full.

Planning your visit

To facilitate the arrival process and avoid wasting precious activity time, we strongly recommend you organize your student groups ahead of time. Each class must be divided into two teams of a maximum of 15 students (11 students for preschool groups). Each subgroup must be accompanied by one adult. The Museum mediator or guide will lead the tour.

We recommend you review the Museum’s code of conduct with your students by referring to our MuseuManners.

Directions and entrance

School buses
A reserved drop-off and parking area is located on Bishop Street.

Public transit
Guy-Concordia metro station (green line), 5 minutes from the Museum by foot; Bus 24, on Sherbrooke Street West – Bishop Street stop (eastbound) and Redpath Street (westbound)

Unless otherwise specified, the group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.

Eating area

The Museum has a designated room, where students can eat their snack or cold meal. Reservations required.

Prohibited items

Backpacks, bulky objects, umbrellas and food or drink (including bottled water) are not permitted in the exhibition galleries. Such items must be checked at the cloakroom. Please note that the Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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