Primary school excursion
Students from Lapstone Public School participating in Minibeasts program. AM staff: Toni Skaros and Koen van Venetie Image: Anna Kucera
© Australian Museum

About the program

Is it a butterfly? Is it a scorpion? Is it a centipede?...

It’s a minibeast!

Using specimens from the Australian Museum’s natural sciences collections, students will investigate the fascinating features of minibeasts up close. Students will also learn about select minibeast life cycles and classifications.

Working in teams, students will complete inquiry-based activities and represent their observations and ideas in a variety of ways.

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

Learning objectives:

In this program students will:

  • Examine minibeast specimens.
  • Identify and describe the features, classification, and life cycles of minibeasts.
  • Apply creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Work collaboratively.

This program is bookable for Stages 2–3

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: Mondays, Wednesdays, 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.

It was great for students to have the examples of life cycles in their hands, rather than diagrams. It was useful for them to explore and deepen their understanding of classification using specimens. Articulating distinction between minibeasts was helpful. The hands-on experience with the specimens was most reinforcing of things taught in class. The design aspects are super appealing for students. Highly engaging lesson. Erica Chaperlin, Stage 2, Kindlehill School

NSW Syllabus (for the Australian curriculum)

Stage 2
Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus
A student:

  • compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things ST2-4LW-S
  • questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations ST2-1WS-S

Stage 3
Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus
A student:

  • examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things ST3-4LW-S
  • plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions ST3-1WS-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.