Educational Tours

Students: $5
1 free Chaperone per 10 students
Additional chaperones are $5

Diggin' it Geology Tour
1 - 1.5 hours
Grades: K - 12

This tour includes:

  • Watching a short film on the history of Rossland and a scavenger hunt in the museum;

  • Instruction in goldpanning on site (year round);

  • Rock identification activity where students will learn the different classifications or rocks and their properties.

Chinese History Tour
1 - 1.5 hours
Grades 5 - 12
This tour includes:

  • a visit to our local Chinese history display and an object identification activity;

  • students explore the kit "The Writing on the Wall" that details the racism and prejudice the Chinese immigrants faced at the turn of the century;

  • This tour includes a workshop on Chinese Calligraphy.

Animal Homes, Human Homes
1 - 1.5 hours
Grades: Pre-K - Grade 5
This tour includes:

  • Learning how homes were built more than 100 years ago by European Settlers and Local Indigenous people. Artifact investigation;

  • Visiting the Natural History Wall and learning about local animals;

  • Includes a guided outdoor walking tour exploring how animals have returned to the mine sites now that the industry is inactive.

First People's History
1 - 1.5 hours
Grades: 4 - 12
This tour includes:

  • A group telling of a Sinixt story while visiting our Sinixt exhibit and a look at local Sinixt history;

  • Hands-On Artifact investigation and exploring a timeline of Indigenous history in the point making in the region;

  • View and discuss a local discovery: An Indigenous Zoomorphic Petroform. Discuss the role of museums with archaeological artifacts and also laws prohibiting the collection of Indigenous artifacts in Canada.

Mining to Moguls Ski History
1 - 1.5 hours
Grades: 4 - 12
This tour includes:

  • A guided historical tour in the ski wing where students learn about the contributions early miners made to the sport of skiing;

  • Watch the film "Mining to Moguls" and play a trivia game;

  • Visit the Sinixt Display to learn about the local Indigenous connection to Red Mountain prior to the arrival of European settlers.

Night at the Museum: Class/Group Sleepover

Has your class been dreaming of an amazing year end trip? Spending the night in the museum is an incredible experience in itself or it can be a stopover on a longer trip. This program is only available in May, June, July or August.

$50 per student (minimum 15 students)
$40 per student (minimum 30 students, maximum 50 students)

  • Admission

  • One of the above tours

  • A movie in our theatre (seats 30)

  • A choice of one workshop in the morning

  • Camping/sleeping in the great hall of the museum (bring your own pillows/sleeping bags)

  • Access to our warming kitchen and BBQ to prepare your own food (added cost for propane use)

  • We are a short walk from the Lions Campground and Centennial Wetlands

  • There is a walking trail to downtown, immediate access to world class mountain biking trails, Red Mountain Ski Resort, Black Jack Cross Country Ski Area, and a local outdoor pool.

Workshop Add-Ons

Additional workshops offered as an add-on to general admission. These are optional additions and can be arranged separately for a class visit.

Fun Fossils! Workshop
$3 per student (max 25 students / workshop)
Grades: Pre-K - Grade 12 (adapted for older or younger)
Kids will get to travel back in time and learn the basics of paleontology.Learn about a boy that discovered dinosaur bones, make your own dinosaur track way in clay, practice excavating dino bones from their rubbermaid dig site. Older groups will make impression fossils and learn to sort actual fossils on a Prehistoric timeline

Let it Glow! Workshop
$3 per student
Grades: Pre-K - Grade 5 (adapted for older or younger)
Don't be afraid of the dark! In this workshop we will dig into chemistry to make glowing polymer worms, glowing blobs in tubes, and glow in the dark constellation paintings.

Owl Pellet Dissection
$3 per student
Grades: 2 - 12 (adapted for older or younger)
Students will be provided with everything they need to dissect and owl pellet. Owls roost in the compressor shed on the museum property; a sign of animals returning to industrial areas. 14 days advanced booking is required for this workshop.

Magnet Earth Workshop
$3 per student (maximum 30 students per workshop)
Grades: Pre-K - Grade 3
In this workshop we will discover what magnets are through sorting activities, magnetic painting, and making a batch of magnetic slime!

Amazing Minerals Workshop
$3 per student (maximum 30 students per workshop)
Grades: 4 - 12
Bring your curiosity to solve these mineral mysteries! In this workshop, budding geologists will use advanced methods to identify rocks and minerals just like real geologists! Rock sorting and identification using scientific methods.

Air Takes up Space
$3 per student
Grades: K - 6
Air takes up space! In this workshop we'll flu ping pong balls with a hair dryer, hold a glass of water upside down, and watch air pressure push an egg into a bottle!

Discovery Kits

From the Royal BC Museum:
Writing on the Wall
This classroom kit explores the history of Chinese Immigration and the head tax.
Includes lesson plans, replica poetry on wall plaster, video with display screen, 6 decks of Bamboo Shoots classroom set, and more.

Species at Risk Mini Museums
These 4 mini museums contain 4 specimens of species at risk in the Kootenays.
Includes info cards and short activities. The boxes fold out to make a complete display.

Rossland Museum Discovery Kits:
Indigenous Basketry of the Region Kit: Learn about different regional First Nations weaving styles, plants used to dye basketry, and their uses.  Make traditional fish cakes from a traditional recipe by using the included mortar and pestle.

Drawn to History Kit:  This case contains historical objects to draw from.  Learn lessons in perspective drawing, contour shading and local contemporary issues with indigenous Rock art. 

Local Ecology Kit:  In this kit students will learn about things like invasive species or how to measure a tree with a straw.

Rock Detectives Kit: This kit is full of geological samples and activities! Florescent minerals, Rock cycle, and more!