Open Minds Museum School

Inspire and promote critical thinking and problem solving.

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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 afoote@glenbow.org

Glenbow’s Resources

Exhibitions

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

Artifact Storage and Art Conservation Lab

Go behind-the-scenes where 98% of Glenbow’s objects and artworks are housed. Curators and technicians will help students explore selected areas of the museum’s collections. They’ll see how objects are stored and cared for and get a rare glimpse into Glenbow’s vast and eclectic collection.

Museum School Coordinator

The coordinator will support you throughout the planning stages to create your customized Museum School program. Once you’re at Glenbow, the coordinator can lead workshops to develop critical viewing and interpretive skills and supply you with hands-on 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

Pre-Visit Workshop

To help you prepare your students and volunteers for their week at Glenbow, a Museum School educator will come to your school and conduct a hands-on workshop using museum artifacts.

Workshops include the following:

  • What is a Museum?
  • Glenbow’s History
  • What’s at Glenbow
  • Being Part of the Glenbow Team
  • Museum Rules (or things you need to know while at Glenbow)
  • Pest Control
  • Handling Artifacts
  • Looking Deeply
  • Making Connections

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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