Fascinating Fossils (Years 9-10)
Students investigate real and cast fossils through hands-on activities in this Museum educator-led program.
Museum educator-led program
Students follow the steps used by palaeontologists in fossil interpretation and the reconstruction of animals using their fossil remains. They compare the fossils from extinct Australian Megafauna with bones from their closest modern-day relatives.
Maximum number of students
30 (40 groups per day)
$10.00 (incl GST) per student with a minimum cost of $100 per session. General entry to the Australian Museum is free for school students.
Teachers and accompanying adults are admitted free at the ratios of 1:4 for pre and primary school groups, 1:10 for secondary school groups and 1:15 for tertiary or English language student groups. Additional teachers and accompanying adults will be charged. One adult supervisor per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.
Phone: (02) 9320 6222 or (+612) 9320 6222 for international visitors
Email: Group Booking form
When making a booking or enquiry, please provide the following information:
- Name of the person arranging the excursion and their contact details (including email and phone)
- Name and address of the school/organisation
- Which educator-led program and/or self-guided exhibition visit you'd like
- 3 possible dates for the excursion (in case your first preference is not available)
- Approximate number of students
- School year group or level of the students
Confirmation, payment and cancellation
A booking confirmation will be provided by email once your booking is confirmed.
Cancellations made within 7 days of your booking date and “no shows” will incur the full cost for the booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing (by email to Group.Bookings@austmus.gov.au) and you will be provided written confirmation of the cancellation.
Payment can be made on the day by cash, cheque (made out to the Australian Museum) or credit card, or alternatively an invoice can be provided after the visit. Individual students/adults in the group are not able to pay separately.
Plan your visit
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your booked session, to allow time to get through admissions, cloak bags (if required), use the toilets etc.
When you arrive you will need to provide admissions staff with your booking confirmation number, school name and student numbers for the day. If you have booked through an external provider, you will need to provide the name of this organisation.
A Museum staff member will be on hand to greet your group. They will brief the students about how to move around the Museum and direct you to areas of the Museum you intend to visit.
In the event of a late arrival to the Museum or to the booked session, some parts of the session may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
There is limited bag storage available on site. It is recommended that students just bring a small carry bag with the essentials for the day, however if required, storage can be provided depending on availability.
There is no space for large groups to have recess or lunch inside the Museum. There is undercover outdoor space –The Garden – which is accessible from William Street. Alternatively, Hyde Park is just opposite the Museum across College St and Cook & Philip Park is across William Street.
Students are encouraged to take photos, video and/or audio to record their excursion. Some temporary exhibitions do not allow photography but you will be advised of this on arrival.
Teachers and supervising adults are required to stay with their groups at all times.
Disciplining of students remains the responsibility of teachers and supervising adults accompanying the group.
Please let us know when booking if your students have any special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.
There is more information on getting to the Australian Museum including details of parking and public transport available here. There is limited street parking for buses on College St, near St Mary’s Cathedral.
The Australian Museum provides access to all areas for those in wheelchairs and mobility vehicles. Further information on accessibility is available here.
Create Consultants operate food and dining options on site at the Australian Museum. For groups, lunchboxes can be ordered up to 5 working days before your visit. For details, and to order, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 9320 6182.
NSW Syllabus Outcomes and Content
Science Stage 5
SC5-15LW. A student analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems.
SC5-6WS. A student undertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively.
SC5-8WS. A student applies scientific understanding and critical thinking skills to suggest possible solutions to identified problems.
SC5-9WS. A student presents science ideas and evidence for a particular purpose and to a specific audience, using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations.
Science Stage 5
LW4. The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence. (ACSSU185). Students:
a. describe scientific evidence that present-day organisms have evolved from organisms in the past
b. relate the fossil record to the age of the Earth and the time over which life has been evolving
Ms Jen Cork , Senior Digital Producer