Students and schools

We are excited to welcome school groups back to the Museum from term four for self-guided visits, where students and teachers can ignite their worlds with wonder and curiosity.

Changes to our school programs in term four

We’ve made a few changes to align with requirements of the South Australian Government’s COVID-19 Response and to keep everyone safe.  For now, all school excursion bookings will be self-directed visits where students can freely explore all galleries in the Museum in small supervised groups of up to 10 students with at least one adult supervisor per group. Please ensure supervisor/student ratios meet year level requirements for groups prescribed in the Department for Education excursions procedure. Bookings for volunteer educator sessions as well as specific galleries and collections are not currently available.

While we know that school groups sometimes want to focus their visit on a particular collection or gallery, during this time, we invite you to take the opportunity explore the Museum.  These changes to the school programs are a temporary arrangement to assist us in maintaining social distancing and gallery capacity requirements and to ensure all visitors can enjoy the Museum’s galleries and spaces.

To support student learning there are resources available on our website.

We will continue to monitor and adapt our education programs to fit the federal and state government COVIDSafe guidelines and in alignment with Department for Education recommendations for school excursions. Find out more about changes at the Museum in response to COVID-19 here.

When planning your visit please note our updated guidelines:

  • Please ensure that all members of your group are well and symptom-free when you visit.

  • All group bookings will be in one-hour blocks and be self-guided in small groups up to 10.

  • Specific galleries cannot be booked.

  • Please ensure supervisor/student ratios meet year level requirements for groups up to 10 students.

  • Use the online form to make a booking.

  • Volunteer educator sessions and touch trolleys are not available.

  • The Discovery Centre is closed to school groups.

  • Entry is via the front door only.

  • Practice good hygiene and please use the hand sanitiser stations provided throughout the Museum.

  • Practice social distancing.

  • School bags are discouraged and should not be carried by students in the galleries. Some limited self-managed locker storage is available.

  • Clipboards can scratch our glass cases so please use backing boards without clips.

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The Shadow Initiation

The Shadow Initiation is a fun and challenging activity that aligns with the Australian Curriculum.

Race against the clock on a digital adventure game to see the Museum like never before. Part escape room, part scavenger hunt, part behind-the-scenes Museum tour, this game provides a Museum experience like no other. With one hour on the clock and over 40 puzzles to attempt, this is your chance to unlock the secrets of the Museum.

While this activity is designed for a broad audience, it supports student learning in the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum including the areas of developing critical and creative thinking skills and building personal and social capability.

The general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum, equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. In developing and acting with personal and social capability, students communicate effectively, work collaboratively, make decisions, negotiate and resolve conflict. They develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems. Critical and creative thinking involves students thinking broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation.

Your students will need to work together in a group and draw on all of these in order to navigate The Shadow Initiation and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way!

Visit our Shadow Initiation page for bookings and further information.

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