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A visit to the Australian Museum during school holidays will spark curiosity and foster engagement amongst those in your vacation care group. Make a day of it with our range of self-guided exhibition resources to structure your school holiday care group visit to our exhibitions, and break up your visit with some time in one of the neighbouring parks.

Arrival information

On arrival, we ask that the entire group remain in the Undercover Garden area on William Street (next to the bus drop-off bay) and have a group leader/teacher buzz the Security intercom at the top of the stairs (on the right-hand side of the glass doors) to advise of your arrival. A staff member will come and greet you in the Undercover Garden, and there will be a short briefing about your visit.

You will enter the Museum via the Groups Entrance, at the top of the stairs. If you require level access, there is an accessible entry with a lift directly off William St (under the stairs).

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

We are unable to provide bag or cloaking facilities during school holidays. Please ensure that your group comes prepared to carry all personal items during their visit.

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 Museum Shop located on the Ground floor. It is recommended that vacation care groups visit in smaller groups accompanied by an adult.

Exhibition activities

Our exhibition activities provide self-led opportunities to scaffold for your kids holiday program learning within the AM's exhibitions. Discover our printable resources, thought-provoking questions, simple tasks and engaging prompts to use during a holiday care visit for children.

Conversation starters

Conversation starters aim to ignite creative dialogue between students and their teachers. Through freedom of choice, fun questions and quick activities, students are able to investigate specimens and objects through a new lens.

Exhibition insights

Exhibition insights encourage students to engage critically and think creatively about significant specimens and objects in the galleries chosen by our experts. With thought-provoking questions and prompts, these cards will facilitate your students' exhibition learning.