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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Programs

We are offering virtual field trips for the 2020–2021 school year. Our in‐person school programs remain temporarily unavailable, with the exception of self‐guided tours. We have also adapted some of our school programs for students and teachers learning at home.

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.

Virtual Field Trips

Bringing the Museum to you, wherever your class is! We offer virtual field trips for students in K‑12. No need to leave home or the classroom to experience the Museum’s architecture and engage in discussion and reflection on human rights.

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

To ensure the safety of staff and groups, we are limiting self‐guided program bookings to a maximum of 25 per group, including adult teachers and chaperones. All students K‑12 and adults will be required to wear masks when visiting the Museum.

If your group is larger, we recommend that you call us to discuss options such as staggered entry and start times. 

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 - 4: Journey to Human Rights (K - 4)

Human rights promotion
Program length: 30-45 minutes

Learn about human rights in Canada by discovering upstanders like Viola Desmond and exploring themes of equality, family and love.

Online learning

Grades 5 - 8: Be an Upstander

Human rights promotion
Program 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.

Online learning

Grades 5 - 8: Journey to Human Rights (5 - 8)

Human rights promotion
Program length: 45-60 minutes

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

Online learning

Grades 9 - 12: Deliberating Charter rights

Civil and political rights
Program length: 45 minutes

Learn about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Supreme Court of Canada. Discuss questions about the limitations of rights and how rights are applied in Canada.

Online learning

Grades 9 - 12: Dignity and Rights

Human rights violations
Program length: 45 minutes

Learn about the role “othering” plays in the denial of dignity and rights. By examining three case studies, students will recognize the role of othering as a starting point for many human rights violations, including genocide.

Online learning

Grades 9 - 12: Journey to Human Rights (9 - 12)

Human rights promotion
Program length: 45-60 minutes

Learn about Canada’s ongoing human rights journey by engaging with Indigenous concepts of human rights and Canada’s legal system. Students will gain a greater understanding of how the impacts of colonialism and racism continue to affect life in Canada.

Online learning

Available onsite programs

Onsite self‐guided tours are currently available. For a guided program, please see virtual field trip options above.

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School Programs and Tours listing

Grades 5 - 8: Self-guided Museum Tour for Schools (5 - 8)

Human rights promotion
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Grades 9 - 12: Self-guided Museum Tour for Schools (9 - 12)

Human rights promotion
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Unavailable onsite programs

Our in‐person school programs remain temporarily unavailable with the exception of self‐guided tours. We are offering virtual field trips for the 2020–21 school year. We have also adapted some of our school programs for students and teachers learning at home.

Grades K - 4: My Rights, Our Rights

Children's rights
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Grades 9 - 12: Deliberating Charter Rights

Civil and political rights
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Grades 5 - 8: Perspectives on Human Rights in Canada

Human rights promotion
Program length: 90 minutes

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

In-Museum program

Grades 9 - 12: Museum Highlights Tour for Schools

Human rights promotion
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Grades 4 - 6: Telling Our Stories: Residential School Experiences

Human rights violations
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Grades 9 - 12: Women's Equality

Women’s rights
Program length: 120 minutes

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

In-Museum program

Grades 9 - 12: When Rights are Denied

Human rights violations
Program length: 120 minutes

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

In-Museum program

Grades 9 - 12: Rights and Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Collective rights
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Grades 5 - 8: Be an Upstander

Human rights promotion
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Grades 5 - 8: Museum Highlights Tour for Schools

Human rights promotion
Program 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.

In-Museum program

Book your school program

Book your school visit program 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.