Make a personal connection
"G'day, my name is Frank Hurley."
"Hi, I'm Nancy Bird."
"Hello, my name is Andrejs Kalnins."
"We are just a few of the people you can learn about at the National Museum of Australia."
In Meet the People students are introduced to the life of a fascinating Australian and then encouraged to explore the Museum's galleries, under teacher supervision, to find more examples of inspiring people in Australian history. Activity cards are available to help students in their exploration.
|Group size||Up to 120 students (minimum of 60 students)
|Duration||30 minutes' facilitated introductory Meet the People program; please allow 60–90 minutes for self-guided exploration following the introduction
|Cost||$2 per student|
|Availability||Tuesday–Friday, hourly 9am–4pm|
||Australian History curriculum links to our programs (178kb PDF)
- Introduce students to a significant person in Australia's history.
- Provide students with a brief overview of the Museum's galleries by introducing them to the Museum's main themes and the link between objects, personal stories and active citizenship.
- Introductory activity – students are introduced to the connection between the Museum's objects and personal stories through a short interpretive presentation about a significant Australian. The education officer will also give a brief orientation to the Museum's galleries and other available activities.
- Gallery activity – working in groups, students then go into the Museum's galleries under adult supervision to explore the Museum further and look for additional examples of people who have made a contribution to Australia. The school's own staff supervise the tour of the galleries.
This program has been especially devised to cater for schools that need to come to the Museum in very large groups.
Exploring the Museum
You may like to allow extra time to visit other exhibitions and to explore other places in the Museum, such as Circa and Kspace. For everything you need to know about visiting, see Plan and book a visit.
These classroom activities might be useful in your classroom.
You may also be interested in the following teacher resource:
- Investigating the changing rights and freedoms of Indigenous Australians, 1957–1975 – a unit of work exploring Indigenous rights on an interactive timeline
You can also see the full list of resources related to Australian history.