Open Minds Museum School

Inspire and promote critical thinking and problem solving.


Chevron Open Minds Museum School is continuing for the 2020-2021 school year with all programming being delivered virtually. All available placements have been filled for the 2020-2021 school year, but if you are interested for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact our Museum School Coordinator.

About Museum School

Chevron Open Minds provides hands-on out-of-classroom learning experiences for youth in vibrant settings. This award-winning program brings teachers, students and community experts together for a week-long curriculum-based learning experience, designed to meet the needs of each individual learner. The result is a catalyst for learning activities throughout the year that inspire and promote critical thinking and problem solving.

Each of the teachers accepted into the program has a unique group of students, individual goals, and a dream of creating a dynamic learning experience that is a perfect fit for his/her students. To achieve this, the week-long programs are collaboratively designed by the teacher and the Museum School Coordinator.

Themes can be as varied as Calgary: Past, Present and Future; Time; Symbols; Stories, Myths and Legends; the role of museums; or comparative studies between different cultures.

Chevron’s Open Minds Museum School at Glenbow provides an exciting and enriching environment to explore the world through the lens of art, history and culture.

How to Book

Contact Amanda Foote, Museum School Coordinator at

Glenbow’s Resources

Exhibitions & Collections

Glenbow is home to a wide range of permanent and feature exhibitions available for your class to explore and learn from during their week. Explore the past and present peoples of Alberta, Minerals, West Africa, Asian Art, Global Warriors, and historical and contemporary art.

Glenbow’s incredible collection of art and objects can provide us with a sense of belonging, an understanding of what it means to live here in Alberta, and an appreciation for the legacy of the remarkable people and events that have shaped our communities. Included in the collection is an astonishing 236,000 pieces of art, culture, geography and history which boasts Western Canada’s largest public visual arts collections and one of North America’s leading collections of Indigenous art and culture. 

Museum School Coordinator

The coordinator will support you throughout the planning stages to create your customized Museum School program. The coordinator can lead workshops to develop critical viewing and interpretive skills and show you objects and other resources.

Glenbow Staff

Glenbow staff are available to lead workshops on a variety of topics to suit your needs. These team members include:

  • Museum Educators in art, settlement, fur trade, technology, native studies, mineralogy, Hindu and Buddhist symbolism and art, museum studies and practice
  • Curators in art, military history, local history, and indigenous peoples of the world
  • Artifact technicians
  • Conservators
  • Designers
  • Writers
  • Actors/Visual Artists/Dancers

Our goal is simple: by inviting students, teachers, and family members to venture beyond the walls of their schools, we travel with them on the journey of life where they experience the interconnectedness of all things.

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