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Meet the people

Make a personal connection

Boys trying on a wig in front of a display cabinet
Photo: Lannon Harley National Museum of Australia

‘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 through key objects. Students then explore a selection of the Museum's galleries to find more examples of inspiring people in Australian history.


Year levels5–12
Group sizeUp to 120 students (2017)
Up to 90 students (2018)
Duration1 hour's facilitated program; please allow 30–60 minutes for self-guided exploration afterward
Cost$4 per student (2017)
$5 per student (2018)
AvailabilityTuesday–Friday at 9am, 10am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (2017)
Tuesday–Friday, hourly 9am to 3pm (2018)
Curriculum linksAustralian History curriculum links to our programs (225kb 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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

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Related resources

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You can also see the full list of resources related to Australian history.