MAG Central

Artifact Lending Kits

Object based learning artifact kits for schools! The themes support specific topics in the Alberta Curriculum, Grades 1-9.

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery’s MAG Central is an engaging resource for object-based learning. Many everyday items from the past such as household objects, toys, military equipment, fur trade items, Indigenous tools, and photographs all highlight our regional history, tell personal stories or share insights into day-to-day life long ago.

Five key reasons real objects are ideal learning tools for students in your classroom…

  1. Offers a sensory experience; and stimulates curiosity.
  2. Creates direct links to specific topics or subjects in the curriculum.
  3. Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Generates lively participation and discussion.
  5. Encourages students to learn more about things that are of interest to them.

Our MAG study collection is designed to allow teachers and students to explore the past through objects.

We have developed 10 themes selected from our study collection that support specific topics in the Alberta Social Studies Curriculum, Grades 1-9. By bringing the museum to you, the MAG has created an outreach resource for schools and community organizations to enhance their programs, with ‘hands on history’.

Kit Themes

Click a Kit Title to view the contents of the kit.

How to book a MAG Central Kit

Contact Lynn LeCorre [email protected] or call 587.797.4035. In your message please include the title of the kit(s) you are interested in borrowing and the dates you would like to book.

$25 per kit rental, plus a $50 refundable deposit

Book at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure items are available. Borrow for a maximum of 2 weeks.

Loan agreements will be signed at time of pick up. Deposit will be waived upon kit return.

Outreach Presentations

Outreach presentations are available at a cost of $60 per program. This includes a museum educator to accompany the kit and lead an inquiry-based learning opportunity.

Not just for students!

MAG Central kits/Outreach presentations are also available to senior groups and retirement facilities.

Four key reasons historical artifacts are ideal reminiscent kits for seniors…

  1. Sparks memories of the past
  2. Stimulates curiosity
  3. Facilitates discussion and socialization
  4. Opportunity to share knowledge and interests
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