This land was not peacefully settled – Unsettled uncovers the untold histories behind this nation’s foundation story. In this powerful exhibition, First Nations voices reveal the hidden stories of devastation, survival and the fight for recognition. These first-hand accounts are presented through long hidden historical documents, large-scale artworks, immersive experiences and never-before-seen objects from the Australian Museum collections and beyond.

This 45-minute tour for students in Stage 3-6 is led by First Nations guides and provides an introduction to the the key themes of the Unsettled exhibition including the lasting impacts of colonisation and the denial of Indigenous sovereignty.

Please be aware that there are some confronting topics addressed in this exhibition, including massacres and genocide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be advised that there may be images of people who have passed away.

Cost: $10 (GST included) per student with a minimum cost of $100 per session. General entry to the Australian Museum is free.

Duration: 45 minutes per session

Group size: Up to 20 students per session

Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday during school term (until 10 October)

Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)


Stage 3
HT3-1, HT3-2, HT3-3, HT3-4, HT3-5

Stage 4
HT4-3, HT4-4, HT4-6, HT4-7

Stage 5
HT5-3, HT5-4, HT5-6, HT5-7

General capabilities
Critical and creative thinking; ethical understanding; intercultural understanding; civics and citizenship; difference and diversity

Cross curriculum priorities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

While the exhibition will challenge students to think deeply and critically evaluate their own understanding of colonisation and learned history, the AM Education team can play an important role in providing support and context for this learning.

The Education and curatorial teams have been working with Wiradjuri-Scottish educator April Phillips to develop a suite of age-appropriate, curriculum-linked resources for students and teachers. These resources expose students to a variety of First Nations voices and experiences, fostering an understanding of the importance of First Nations self-representation and cultural revitalisation.

To help you make the most out of your visit, access and engage with our Unsettled learning journeys, which include pre-visit stimulus, exhibition activities for when you are at the Museum and post-visit classroom ideas.

Unsettled education tour
Secondary students from Sydney Grammar School on a tour of Unsettled at the Australian Museum. Image: Anna Kučera
© Australian Museum

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