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Unpack the Museum

Tools for hands-on history

Teachers leading self-guided student groups can use our 'Unpack the Museum' activity bags.

Each bag has activities, games and objects to help the Museum come alive.

Program details

Years: Preschool to Year 6 (Dreaming Bag);
3–6 (Colonial Bag)
Group size: 60 students
Duration: Up to 2 hours
Cost: $1 per student
Availability: 9am and 12pm, Tuesday–Friday
Curriculum links (PDF 225kb)


Bookings are essential.

Please contact us via 02 6208 5345 or

A colour photo of two school children sitting on floor with a young female adult looking on

Explore the activity bags

Set your own pace as you take your students on a fun-filled, collaborative learning journey with activities and content aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

The Dreaming Bag connects you to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, personalities and continuing cultures.

The Wild Colonial Bag lets you explore migrant experiences, the impacts of colonialism on the First Australians, the age of paddle-steamers and the renaming of the Australian landscape.


  • Empower teachers to confidently explore the Museum using a high-calibre resource underpinned by the Australian Curriculum.
  • Provide students with engaging and creative ways to explore key themes in Australian history.


Unpack the Museum bags feature eight stops that can be completed in any order you choose. All stops are self-contained and upon booking you will be sent the teacher's notes so you can decide which stops to complete with your class.

Visiting the Museum

Though Unpack the Museum is self-facilitated, it does need to be booked at least two weeks in advance. Costs apply.

For everything you need to know about visiting us, see Plan and book a visit.

Related resources

Dreaming Bag

If you are using the Dreaming Bag you may also be interested in the Museum’s:

  • Encounters classroom resource – this resource includes an interactive map, digital timeline and online activities. It is based on the powerful stories that were shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the Encounters exhibition.

Wild Colonial Bag

If you are using the Wild Colonial Bag you may also be interested in the Museum’s:

  • Oscar’s Sketchbook – flip through the 40 pages of a sketchbook that belonged to Oscar, a young Aboriginal man who grew up in Queensland in the 1880s.

Other resources

The Museum’s website has a range of classroom activities that teachers might find useful.