The Australian Museum is uniquely placed to engage, inspire and educate school excursion groups. We showcase a world-class collection of cultural objects, scientific thought and cultural history.

With knowledge and stories from scientists and First Nations peoples, our educators open windows to our amazing world of exploration and deep history. By participating in our school excursions, students will learn to think critically, how to empathise and be more engaged with the subjects they are participating in at school.

Our education team have developed a range of learning resources to help you and your students get the most out of your visit. Find out more on our For teachers and students page.

Educator-led programs

Excursion information

Please enter the Museum via the Groups Entrance, at the top of the stairs on William St (next to the bus drop-off bay). At the top of the stairs, buzz the Security intercom on the right-hand side of the glass doors and a staff member will come and greet you. If you require level access, there is also an accessible entry with a lift directly off William St (under the stairs).

When you arrive, there will be a short briefing about your visit in the Patricia McDonald Education Rooms on the Lower Ground floor, and bag storage if needed.

Please contact (02) 9320 6222 if you are running late.

The groups and accessible entrances from William Street can be found at what3words ///clap.bunch.among.

Australian Museum Location map
Australian Museum Location map Image: Fiona Yap
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We encourage you to bring your own food and eat it in the nearby parks during your breaks (Hyde Park or Cook + Phillip Park). Alternatively, there is an exclusive outdoor lunch area on William Street, next to the Groups Entrance. In the event of bad weather, please speak to staff on arrival and we will help you find an alternative area. Food and beverages can also be bought on site at the Billabong Waterhole café on Level 2.

There are dedicated student toilets and a bubbler near the Patricia McDonald Education Rooms on the Lower Ground floor.

You may like to visit the Musem Shop located on the Ground floor. It is recommended that students visit in small groups accompanied by a teacher.

  1. It will give opportunity to learn about history and culture from genuine objects which foster interesting and important conversations.
  2. It will give opportunity to be up close to and investigate animals from Australia and around the world you would otherwise be unable to see.
  3. It will give opportunity to touch real fossils from dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.
  4. To stimulate learning outside of the classroom in innovative exhibition environments.
  5. To gain knowledge about controversial topics from a trusted source.
  6. To boost language development, especially for early learners and students with English as an Additional Language or Dialect.
  7. To encourage critical and creative thinking skills.
  8. To boost and foster bonding amongst student or family groups.
  9. To create memories and experiences for students and encourage a desire to find out more.
  10. Because museums inspire.

Learning journeys

Our themed learning journeys provide a scaffolded approach to exploring exhibition-related topics such as climate change, evolution, animal adaptations and more! Follow along with our suggested plan of pre-visit stimulus, in-exhibition activities and post-visit classroom ideas to help you maximise learning and get the most out of your excursion.

Exhibition activities

Our exhibition activities provide opportunities to scaffold for your students' learning within the exhibitions, using thought-provoking questions, simple tasks and engaging prompts. There are two types: conversation starters and exhibition discoveries.

Conversation starters ignite creative dialogue between students and their teachers. Through freedom of choice, fun questions and quick activities, students can investigate specimens and objects through a new lens. No prior knowledge of the exhibition is needed.

Exhibition insights help students develop historical or scientific inquiry skills through connecting with key object or specimens on display in exhibitions. Students are encouraged to discuss and share ideas about the items using the questions provided.

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