Planning a Visit
Logistics, safety, learning and bookings…
|All school visits to the museum – with or without an Education Manager – must be booked, |
as overcrowding in galleries reduces educational benefits for both school groups and
Organising Your Visit
Inquiry-based learning programs have been developed for all galleries in the museum. To see the full list, visit In the Museum
To facilitate safe and enjoyable education visits to the museum we ask schools to abide by the museum rules and guidelines.
For teachers who have never brought a class to the museum before, we have a pre-visit checklist you might like to look at before calling to make a booking:
Education Managers work in partnership with museum staff to ensure that learning experiences are safe and appropriate. Teachers also have a duty of care to supervise students at all times, although the level of supervision varies with the age and abilities of the students.
The museum requires the DECD recommended adult-to-student ratios which are:
- 1: 5 Reception – Year 2
- 1:10 for Years 3 – 7
- 1:15 for Years 8 – 12
More information about safety can be found in the PDF below:
Education Managers & Education Volunteers
Some museum visits are led by an Education Manager, others are self-guided or facilitated by an Education Volunteer.
For self-guided visits, galleries are generally booked for your class for an hour. Extensions of time can be negotiated. Teachers may use print material developed by the museum or create their own programs using our ideas for teaching:
Ensure your students have a chance to look around and explore the gallery before they start any worksheets or booklets.
Education Manager Lessons
Classes with an Education Manager will also be booked into a gallery for an hour, and the Education Manager will give lessons lasting about 45 minutes. Any remaining time can be used to allow students to browse at their leisure, or to complete activities set by their teacher.
Visits Facilitated by Education Volunteers
Education Volunteers, when are available, can give a 30 minute introduction to a gallery. Students can then embark on any activities that their teacher has organised, such as the print materials available on this site.