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School Programs

Prepare your class to change the future

Human rights education is a lifelong process. Through our variously themed programs, including workshops and tours, we strive to give students the tools to help them think critically and with empathy.

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Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.

Claire Fagin, nurse, educator and scholar

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Programs

We offer a variety of K-12 school programs onsite at the Museum or virtually from your classroom.

Our programs are designed to be inclusive and accessible for students of all needs and ages. Running between one and two hours, each of our curriculum-based programs allows students to explore and discuss human rights issues through hands-on learning and activities. 

All of our onsite programs are followed by a visit to galleries and exhibits that reflect their lessons. We also offer tours, which allow students to explore the Museum’s highlights and specific themes.

Programs and tours are offered daily from September to June. For more information, please visit our hours page.

Additional Time to Explore

Your school booking includes your scheduled program or tour, plus one hour in the Museum for you to freely visit the Israel Asper Tower of Hope, the Museum Boutique, or any other galleries of interest.

Self-Guided Tours

We offer engaging and age-appropriate self-guided tours for students in grades 5–12. The tours include activities to enrich your students’ experience at the Museum.


Please note that all schools and organized groups must book in advance.

Multiple Groups and Group Sizes

The Museum can accommodate several groups of students at a time. The maximum number of students per program varies between 18 to 25 students as there are capacity limitations around certain exhibits and interactives. If your group is larger, we recommend that you call us to discuss options such as staggered start times.

Onsite programs

Grades K-4

My Rights, Our Rights

Length: 90 minutes

Discover rights and learn to respect each other's rights through song and movement, using a child-friendly version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Grades 4-6

Telling Our Stories: Residential School Experiences

Length: 90 minutes

Through storytelling, explore the truth and legacy of Canada’s Indian residential schools. Survivors share their first-hand experiences and inspire students to act on reconciliation and make positive change.

Grades 5–8

Self-guided Museum Tour for Schools

Length: 120 minutes

Explore the Museum with your class using our age-appropriate guide to provide your students with interesting and creative ways to engage with the exhibits, learn about human rights and be inspired to protect their rights and the rights of others.

Grades 5-8

Be an Upstander

Length: 90 minutes

Learn about the journeys of human rights defenders and explore what it means to become an upstander, through interactive activities and exhibits.

Grades 5-8

Perspectives on Human Rights in Canada

Length: 90 minutes

Discover Canada's ongoing human rights stories by taking part in hands-on kinesthetic learning experiences.

Grades 5-8

Museum Highlights Tour for Schools

Length: 90 minutes

Designed for ages 10–14, this tour explores highlighted galleries that take you on a human rights journey through Canada and the world.

Grades 7–9

First Peoples' Rights in a Changing Canada

Length: 90 minutes

Gain an understanding of and respect for Indigenous world views on rights and responsibilities, and talk about opportunities for reconciliation.

Grades 9-12

When Rights are Denied

Length: 120 minutes

Witness a range of historical and contemporary world events and stories that explore what can happen when human rights are denied.

Grades 9-12

Deliberating Charter Rights

Length: 120 minutes

Explore key human rights issues, people and laws that have shaped Canada. Gathered around an interactive table, examine different perspectives on important human rights court cases.

Grades 9-12

Women's Equality

Length: 120 minutes

Explore gender stereotypes and how these challenges continue to persist today in spite of many positive changes for women in Canada.

Grades 9-12

Museum Highlights Tour for Schools

Length: 120 minutes

Designed for ages 14–17, this tour explores highlighted galleries that take you on a human rights journey through Canada and the world.

Grades 9-12

Rights and Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Length: 120 minutes

Experience stories, perspectives and a 360-degree film that inspire students to take a positive role in reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Grades 9-12

Self-guided Museum Tour for Schools

Length: 120 minutes

Explore the Museum with your class using our age-appropriate guide to provide your students with interesting and creative ways to engage with the exhibits, learn about human rights and be inspired to protect their rights and the rights of others.

Virtual field trips

Can't get here in person? Take your class on a virtual field trip! Experience the Museum’s galleries and architecture, and explore human rights with one of our Museum guides. Each tour ends with a visit to the Israel Asper Tower of Hope to see a 360-degree view of the city of Winnipeg.

Grades K-8

Journey to Human Rights - Virtual field trip

Length: 60 minutes

Learn about Canada’s human rights journey by discovering Viola Desmond’s story and exploring Indigenous perspectives on human rights.

Grades 5-8

Be an Upstander - Virtual field trip

Length: 45-60 minutes

Learn what it takes to become an upstander for human rights. Our guides will introduce students to the stories of human rights upstanders and explore the strengths they used to create change. We’ll help students discover their own strengths and capacity to become human rights upstanders in their communities.

Book Your School Visit

Book your school visit today and give your students an unforgettable experience.

How to prepare for your class visit

Once you’ve confirmed your school visit, make sure to read about how you should prepare for your visit and maximize your experience at the Museum.