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Make a personal connection

Year levels


Group size

Up to 90 students


1 hour’s facilitated program; please allow 30–60 minutes for self-guided exploration afterward


$5 per student


Tuesday–Friday, hourly, 9am to 3pm

Curriculum links

Australian History curriculum links to our programs (225kb PDF)

‘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.


  • 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.

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