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School Visits

Engaging educators and students in the study of the Holocaust is a primary part of our work at THM. School group visits to the Toronto Holocaust Museum are in high demand. Stay tuned for when booking will open for fall 2024.

What You Need to Know as a Teacher

The Museum offers tailored experiences and age appropriate content for different demographics of students. From the immersive Theatre space to our Augmented Reality Storyliner tablets, educators are empowered to select streams of learning that best suits the needs of their students. Learn more about the recommended experiences for different ages and courses below.

    • A school visit to the Museum is approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on group size
    • A welcome and orientation to the Museum
    • Customized films in our immersive theatre
    • A self-guided visit through the Museum with our Augmented Reality Storyliner tablet that features the personal story of one survivor
    • A debrief reflection discussion for your class in our Learning Lab with a THM educator

Inquiry Based Approaches to Education

The Toronto Holocaust Museum was designed for the learner of today. Framing questions guide the experience and showcase inquiry at the core of the ways in which people and especially students learn and process knowledge. At THM a shift in the learning dynamic occurs – encouraging students to respond to questions and make choices personalizing their learning experience, encouraging discovery, evoking curiosity and inspiring further learning. Visitors are encouraged to choose how they would like to engage with the history and the study of the Holocaust.

 

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again. I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl

Book Now for Fall 2023

Teachers can book their classes using our online booking system. Admission to the Museum for students, teachers and chaperones is complimentary. We greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in lieu of admission to help us continue our work in Holocaust Education. Pre and post visit materials will be available in fall. When booking school groups, teachers can choose from a variety of age and content appropriate programs and themes in our Theatre and Storyliner experiences. To learn more about the tailored programs offered visit our exhibition highlights page. We look forward to welcoming your classes to the Toronto Holocaust Museum.

 

For the optimal learning experience, the Museum is best experienced in groups of up to 40 students in one timeslot. If you are seeking to bring a larger group to the Museum, groups may need to be split into a morning and afternoon booking or book on different days.

 

Please contact schoolbookings@thethm.org should you have questions about reserving a spot for your school group in the upcoming school year.

School Group Bookings

Small Groups | Up to 30

When booking a small group, please indicate the number of participants that will be attending. Ex: For 25 students and teachers, book 25 spots in the “School Group Admission” ticket selection.

 

Medium Groups | 31 – 71

 

Large Groups | 71+

 

Please be advised that if your group is larger than 30, you will be able to submit a request form by clicking on the buttons below and an education staff member will be in touch to confirm your visit. Groups of less than 30 will receive automated confirmation of their bookings. 

 

 

Chaperone Ratio

 

Grades 6–8: 1/10 (one chaperone for every 10 students)

 

Grades 9–12: 1:15 (one chaperone for every 15 students)

When booking a SMALL GROUP, please indicate the number of participants that will be attending during the ticket selection. Ex: For 25 students and teachers, book 25 spots in the “School Group Admission” ticket selection.

Survivor Speaker Programs

In conversation with Holocaust survivors, designed for school groups

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In conversation with Holocaust survivors Rose Lipszyc and Paula Goldhar. Photo by Liora Kogan for the Toronto Holocaust Museum, 2023.

As we face a challenging crossroads in Holocaust education, with fewer Holocaust survivors able to tell their personal stories, the THM is committed to sharing firsthand, live testimony of survivors for as long as possible. Through testimony, Holocaust survivors are able to offer unique perspectives on the world and remind us of the strength and resilience of the individual spirit, when faced with the most difficult circumstances. Hearing directly from a witness allows us to better understand how the history of the Holocaust impacted individuals and offers us deeper insight into one person’s experiences.

 

Beginning in 2024, the Museum will be hosting monthly survivor speaker programs for school groups. This exciting initiative allows students to connect with Holocaust survivors in person. The opportunity will be available to classes visiting the Museum on the day of the survivor speaker program – see below for program dates.

This supplementary program is $180 for a group of 50, and an additional fee of $3 per student beyond 50.

 

To register your class, please contact schoolbookings@thethm.org.

School Group Hours

  • Sunday

    By appointment only

  • Monday

    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

  • Tuesday

    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

  • Wednesday

    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

  • Thursday

    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

  • Friday

    Closed

  • Saturday

    Closed

Location

4588 Bathurst Street Sherman Campus, North York ON, M2R 1W6

Located on the Sherman Campus in the Sheff Family Building, Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Family Cultural Pavilion.

Directions by car

The Toronto Holocaust Museum is located on the Sherman Campus in the Sheff Family Building, Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Family Cultural Pavilion at 4588 Bathurst Street, west of Bathurst between Sheppard Avenue and Finch Avenue. At the stoplight, turn onto the campus. See directions below for parking or drop-off.

 

Parking

Once you have entered the campus, turn left and follow the road. Check in at the security booth and inform them you are visiting the Museum. You may be asked to verify your proof of ticket purchase. After security has admitted you, visitor parking will be available.

 

Drop-off

Once you have entered the campus, make a right and follow the road to the security booth. Inform the security you are dropping off for the Museum and they will direct you to the drop-off layby to your left.

 

Directions by TTC

  • From the Bathurst subway station: #7 Bathurst North bus.
  • From Wilson Station: # 160 Bathurst North bus.
  • From Sheppard Station: #84 Sheppard West, then transfer to a Bathurst North bus.
  • From Downsview Station: #84 Sheppard West, then transfer to a Bathurst North bus.

 

Buses will drop you off on Bathurst Street, just south of the Bathurst Street entrance to the building. Proceed onto the campus by foot on the west side of the street and enter through the main doors of the Prosserman JCC facing Bathurst Street.