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Teacher-guided

Group gallery activities

Resources specially designed for students of all ages, who are taking a teacher-guided tour of the National Museum of Australia. Teacher-guided visits are suitable for Foundation to Year 12 and are free.

Bookings are essential. We recommend spending at least 90 minutes at the Museum. Plan your visit and use our ready-to-go risk management plan (PDF 65kb)

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Highlights for Young Historians

This free National Museum student discovery trail explores well-known highlights and some unexpected gems, with options for one- and two-hour visits.

Available from the Information Desk in the Main Hall or download Highlights for Young Historians (PDF 1.1MB) before you visit.

Conversation Cards

This free resource is a series of prompts to encourage discussion between students and teachers in our galleries. No prior knowledge of the Museum is required. All questions are open-ended, allow for a diversity of responses and connect to the Australian Curriculum general capabilities.

Available from the Information Desk in the Main Hall or download Conversation cards (PDF 46KB) before you visit.

Unpack the Museum

Teacher-guided groups can select one of two bags, each filled with activities, games and object-handling that will help the Museum come alive for students. Groups set their own pace on a fun-filled collaborative learning journey, with content aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

  • The Dreaming Bag connects groups to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, people and continuing cultures.
  • The Wild Colonial Bag lets groups explore migrant experiences, the impacts of colonialism on First Australians, and the age of paddle-steamers.

Bookings are essential for Unpack the Museum and a modest fee applies.