Museum-Digital Based Programs

Bruce at Home

The Bruce Museum’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people.  While we will miss seeing you in the galleries, we still plan to engage and interact with you through all of the channels available to us. This means that for the time being the Bruce Museum has gone digital.

Going forward, the digital programs and offerings that serve this mission will look different, but will offer the same commitment to Art and Science as all of the Museum’s offerings.

At Home STEAM Activities From the Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is closed to the public to help combat the spread of coronavirus in our community and beyond.  During this time, Manager of School and Community Programs, Corinne Flax has created weekly STEAM activities for families with children at home.

These weekly activities will focus on basic STEAM concepts. Learners will get the chance to design, test, modify, experiment, hypothesize and much more. 

A little about the series, At Home STEAM Activities: 

●     The series is for children ranging from 1st-5th grade.  Each activity can take as little as 30 minutes or as much as an entire afternoon, depending on the interest level of your learners.  

●     All lessons will start with using a Science Journal.  Your learner doesn’t need to write in their journal; pictures are a great source of information. The first lesson in the series has a tutorial on how to make a journal.

●      Most of the activities need little or no adult supervision, but make your own best judgement. 

●      All activities come with a list of materials, a step by step instruction list and are compliant with NGSS Learning Expectations.  NGSS Learning Expectations can be found at the end of the instructional section. 

Most materials are common household items; substitutions will be suggested for items that are less common.  Click the lesson icon for the PDF lesson plan.



Digital Weekends with the Bruce

Miss weekend family programs at the Bruce? Digital Weekends with the Bruce are fun, hands-on art and science projects for you and your family! Over the next several weekends, teaching artist Grayson Kennedy and Youth and Family Programs Manager Megan Brown will lead you in an online activity based on exhibitions at the Bruce Museum. Use the linked videos and write-ups to make something fun and creative while you’re home. 

This week, for our first project, we will explore the artwork of L. A. Ring, whose paintings featured in the exhibition On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK – the National Gallery of Denmark. Enjoy this activity, and feel free to share the creations you and your family make by using the hashtag #BruceMuseum.

A Lesson in 1-pt perspective

Click here for the project write-up

A Lesson in Animal Anatomy

Click here for the project write-up


Audio Tours:

Even when our doors are closed, there are plenty of art and science exhibitions from the Bruce Museum at your fingertips. First, re-visit a past popular exhibition, Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, through this mobile website. This gives you a chance to learn about the amazing creatures of Madagascar.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that you can also visit the public sculptures and nature surrounding Bruce Park through this NEW mobile website. If you decide to visit these sculptures in person, please remember to keep proper social distance between yourself and other visitors.