The Dartmouth Heritage Museum offers a variety of wonderful educational programs for school children.  These programs are designed to:

  • Meet the learning needs of participants within the curriculum guidelines of teachers and group leaders;
  • Complement the museum’s temporary exhibits and permanent displays;
  • Foster an understanding of the importance of preserving our heritage; and
  • Help students understand the past so that they may recognize how it affects the present and the future.


Booking is a pre-requisite for all school class and youth group programs. Please complete the School Group Visit Request Form to arrange a booking. Please complete . For more information, please contact Julia Clarke, Visitor Services Officer at or by calling 902-464-2300.

The fee for school groups is $2 per participant.

Historical Detectives

Exploring Dartmouth’s Past Through the Clues of the Present

Travel back in time and experience how your community used to be during the Victorian era.  Bring your class and learn just how much fun history can be during your tour of Evergreen House, the former home of folklorist, Dr. Helen Creighton.  After the tour, children are provided with a hands-on opportunity to explore our Treasure Trunk.  After choosing a “mystery” artifact, children work together to discover its history, and whether we still use anything like it today.  This program is offered to Grades IV  & up, but can be customized to each age group.

This popular and interactive program, Historical Detectives, strongly supports the elementary Social Studies Learning Outcomes Framework.  The exploration of artifacts helps students to understand the evolution of social, commercial and industrial trends which continue today in our community and also promote the concept of how the future is affected by the past.

1-1½ hours. Availability varies.

Get the Picture?

A Photo Mystery at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum

The museum needs help to find out what’s going on in their old photographs.  Using the five W’s (who, what where, when and why), students use their imagination to unravel what life was like in historic Dartmouth.  By finding the clues hidden within each photo students help to solve the mystery!

Get the Picture? strongly supports the elementary English Language Arts and Social Studies Time, Continuity & Change General Curriculum Outcome.  A drama tie-in is available in the longer program option.  The exploration of old photographs help students to understand the evolution of social, commercial, technological and industrial trends, as well as helping to link how the future is affected by the past.

1-1½ hours. Availability varies.

Historic House Tours

Historic House

ESL group enjoying a tour of Evergreen. (Photograph by Lisa O’Neill)

Groups looking for a longer outing and a more in-depth history of the community can arrange to visit two historic houses on the same day.  Students will enjoy informative and interactive guided tours of both Evergreen House and Quaker House.

  1-1½ hours per house. Availability varies.

Whale of A Time!

Exploring the Giant Impact of the Short‑Lived Dartmouth Quaker Whalers

Find out what made an entire community pack up and set out for a new home, only to leave again 6 years later.  Students will experience what life was like in 1786, as they step back in time and into what was once the home of a Quaker Whaler and Cooper.  This program explores the relationships between the Quakers themselves and other settlers, how they used the land and natural resources, their religion and what they experienced in the Old World because they were Quakers.

Whale of a Time strongly supports the high school Social Studies – Atlantic Canada in the Global Community General Curriculum Outcome.  The exploration of population and settlement patterns, as well as the use of natural resources, helps students to understand Atlantic Canadians within the Atlantic Region.  This program is aimed at grade nine but can be customized to other age groups.

Bookings available on a seasonal basis. Quaker House. 45 minutes. $2 per participant.