Beyond Classrooms Kingston is currently operating in seven museum, community and gallery sites in Kingston, Ontario. If you are a community space that in interested in partnering with the Beyond Classrooms Kingston program, please contact us using the form available at the bottom of this page.
The Agnes is a wonderful site for teachers who want to explore art or use art as a background study for other subject. With the André Biéler Studio as a home room and the galleries as your classrooms, so many ideas can be explored.
The Agnes is one of Canada’s most respected art museums, with a permanent collection of more than 14,000 pieces. The collection ranges from the 14th century to the present, with an emphasis on Canadian art. It includes paintings, sculptures, and graphics by major Canadian artists, European old master paintings – including works by Rembrandt – costumes, quilts, silver and other decorative objects, Inuit art, and one of the largest collections of African art in Canada.
Exhibitions from the permanent collection are complemented by traveling exhibitions and a variety of public programs.
Built in the 1840s in the style of an Italianate villa, Bellevue House was once the lake-front retreat of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his wife Isabella. From 1848 to 1849, the couple and their infant son enjoyed a serene private life, growing vegetable and herbs from their kitchen garden. In keeping with the theories of landscaping popular in the mid-nineteenth century, the grounds of Bellevue House today are much as they were when the Macdonald’s lived here almost 150 years ago. The gardens provide opportunities not only to learn about traditional, environmentally friendly and sustainable farming methods, but also to learn about social justice and food-sharing. Exhibits in the Visitor Centre provide opportunities for students to learn about the life and career of Sir John A. Macdonald.
Learn about local government and the importance of City Hall as a monument to Kingston’s history. Create opportunities for you and your students to meet elected officials and city staff, and explore the day-to-day business of municipal affairs with City Hall as your classroom.
Kingston City Hall, one of the finest 19th century municipal buildings in Canada and a nationally designated heritage site, is toured by thousands of tourists and local citizens each year. Kingston’s historic City Hall has housed governments, a bank, a dry goods store, and the body of Sir John A. Macdonald. This historic building still functions as the City’s administrative centre. (Note: The City Clerk’s Department supplies funding for Local Government week [mid October] for a teacher who is interested in focusing on municipal issues and operations.)
Visit a school classroom set in the style of a one-room rural school house in the 1890-1910 era. View displays of artefacts, schoolbooks, equipment and photographs. Experience social and school life as children did in pioneer days. The desks and artefacts were collected from the schools which at one time dotted the countryside. Sit at a wooden desk, write on a slate with a slate pencil. Browse through old Ontario readers. Try your skill at some arithmetic facts and solve problems encountered in the past!
The Schools Museum’s vast collection and authentic setting provides the opportunity for a class to step back in time. It is a wonderful site for teachers to make literacy and social studies connections, as well as art and drama connections. Tour the Heritage Conservation District of Barriefield Village to learn about the history of this town site which is more than 200 years old. (Optional: Christmas programming is available at this time of the year if the teacher is interested.)
One of Kingston’s largest museums, this site educates members of the military and the general public about the troops, the events, and the technologies involved in Canadian military communications and electronics. The Military Communications and Electronics Museum is an accredited museum of the Department of National Defence (DND).
During the 20th century, information was communicated largely through the use of evolving electronic technologies. This Museum documents that development and celebrates the contributions of the people who made it possible. “Hands on” participation is encouraged in a number of exhibits within the Museum and educational programs are available. The Museum also houses a working ham radio station. Teachers may want to explore science and technology connections.
A week with your class at the Miller Museum is intended to build upon classroom curriculum in the areas of geology, soils, history of Kingston’s geology. The Miller Museum is located in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It is a small but active earth-science teaching museum for local schools and natural-science interest groups in eastern Ontario. The museum features many fossil and mineral displays, an extensive Geology of the Kingston Area exhibit, and an educational tour program of “hands on” geology activities.
A week at the Museum of Health Care could focus on healthy living, history of Canada and Kingston, and many more topics. The museum has one of the largest collections of medical and health care artefacts in Canada, the Museum of Health Care at Kingston is home to a wide-range of artefacts and archival documents and photographs from surgical tools to laboratory instruments documenting how people have preserved health and managed disease, pain, and suffering from the late 18th century to the present day. The Museum strives to connect visitors with the experience of people in past times and provide context and perspective on contemporary health issues. The Museum serves the general public, practitioners, students, and historians through exhibitions, interpretive programs, and special events throughout the year.
In 1995, the Museum of Health Care was relocated to the Ann Baillie Building. It is the only museum in Canada dedicated to the history of health and health care.