Welcome to the Flynn House!
Meet the Flynns. Enter their fully interactive home and explore the lives of a real family that lived right here in north Toronto in the 1800s.
Pull up a chair, lie down on the bed, open drawers to see what is inside, and be a history detective to piece together the clues that tell us what the Flynns’ lives were like.
Through immersive exhibits and hands-on activities, you will learn all about the Flynn family’s journey from Ireland and their lives in a new land.
BOTH IRISH AND CANADIAN
The Flynns’ story is a modern-day story. As a refugee dual-faith family living in the Toronto region, they faced many challenges — much like newcomers to Canada today.
What was it like to be a working-class refugee family? How did their ethnic background and religion impact their lives? How did gender influence their experiences?
Discover the answers to these questions as you explore the rooms and activities throughout the Flynn House.
FINDING THE FLYNNS
Who were Daniel and Sydney Flynn? Why did they leave Ireland? How did their children feel about moving to a new country? What happened to them in Canada?
Solve these history mysteries as you explore what was once the kitchen and pantry of the Flynn family home.
Dig deeper into the records they left behind to piece together the timeline of the Flynn family’s story and the new country they chose to call home.
SET YOUR SUITCASE DOWN
Step into the Traveller’s Room and learn about the Flynn family’s journey by boat from Ireland to Canada.
Imagine the voyage for yourself. How long would it take? What would you pack? Where would you and your family sleep on the ship?
Discover what this experience was like for newcomers to Canada.
KNOW YOUR ROLE
What was it like to be a woman and a domestic servant — like Jane Flynn — in 1860s? Enter the Girls’ Bedroom to learn about jobs available to women in the 19th century.
What did the Flynn women do to survive? Pick a role and pretend! How would you have made your living in 19th century Toronto?
LISTEN TO THE PAST
When people come to a new place, they bring music to remind them of their past. However, music can also be used as a means of discrimination.
Listen to these songs about the Irish experience in Canada. (You can use the up/down arrow keys on your keyboard to increase or decrease the volume.)
Track One: The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls / Tho’ The Last Glimpse of Erin
Track Two: The Fine Ould Irish Gentlemen / No Irish Need Apply
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TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
Want to learn more? Check out our Online Learning activities for educators and students.