Primary school excursion to Dinosaurs
Students from Russell Lea Public School visit the Dinosaurs exhibition. Image: Anna Kučera
© Australian Museum

About the program

See and touch real fossils from the Australian Museum’s palaeontology collection in this exciting program!

Here, students will learn about the features of dinosaurs and compare dinosaurs with modern day animals. They will look closely at fossils and discover the feathers, teeth, and claws of different dinosaurs.

Through hands-on activities, students also will explore how trace and body fossils help scientists find out about animals from the past.

This program takes place within Burra, the Australian Museum's bespoke learning space.

Learning objectives:

In this program students will:

  • Examine fossil evidence.
  • Identify specific features of dinosaurs and compare dinosaurs with modern animals.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Work collaboratively.

This program is bookable for Early Stage 1 and Stage 1

Cost: $10 (GST included) per student with a minimum cost of $100 per session

Duration: 45 minutes

Capacity: Up to 30 students per session

Term: Term 1–4, 2024

Dates: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm

A Day at the Museum for disadvantaged schools
If you are classified as a disadvantaged Australian primary and/or secondary school with an ICSEA value of less than 1000, or a special school, as defined by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) you may be eligible for our A Day at the Museum program.

The hands-on activities for the K-2 group were highly engaging and effectively facilitated understanding of abstract processes. The integration of movement allowed for mini brain breaks, maintaining student engagement and focus. The presenter, Miss B, was exceptionally friendly and adept at responding to student needs, ensuring that all students felt included and supported. The staff's ability to create an inclusive and interactive learning environment greatly enhanced the overall workshop experience. L.D’Cruz, Kindergarten-Year 2, Warwick Farm Public School

Our curriculum is very full and having an expert succinctly and in a fun way give a taste of fossils/dinosaurs is valuable for teaching the students about their natural history. It was at the students’ level and each part was short – sharp and met the needs of our different learners (visual, oral). Opportunities for hands-on, ask questions, make connections, and use their thinking skills. S. Smalley, Kindergarten-Year 2, Warwick Farm Public School

NSW Syllabus (for the Australian curriculum)

Early Stage 1
Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus
A student:

  • explores the characteristics, needs and uses of living things STe-3LW-ST
  • observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas STe-1WS-S

Stage 1
Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus
A student:

  • describes observable features of living things and their environments ST1-4LW-S
  • observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas ST1-1WS-S

Any changes to numbers or cancellations must be made in writing by emailing before the date for Final Confirmation (14 days prior to your visit).

Final booking numbers must be confirmed at least 14 days prior to the scheduled visit.

A tax invoice will be issued prior to your visit based on Final Confirmation details.

A tax invoice based on Final Confirmation details will be issued prior to your visit or session.

Please advise at the time of booking if the tax invoice needs to be issued to a different contact name or email address. NSW Department of Education schools that use the EDConnect payment system should advise this at time of booking and provide a purchase order number if required.

Our payment terms are net 14 days. However, it is the AM’s strong preference that bookings be paid in full prior to the visit.

Adjustments on the day – the AM will adjust the invoice amount and you must pay the difference where:
i) Group numbers increase from Final Confirmation numbers; or
ii) the Group changes to a more expensive booking/ticket.

The adjusted invoice payment terms are net 14 days. To be clear, where numbers are less than Final Confirmation numbers, no deductions or refunds will be given.

Group Bookings Terms and Conditions

For information about your excursion, arrival to the Museum and available facilities, visit our School groups page.