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This hands on session introduces students to traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques used to create dilly bags, fishing line and nets.

Museum educator led program (Stage 3)

Students harness their creativity whilst learning traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques and using natural materials to create their own woven object.

First Nations Weaving Workshops
Students harness their creativity and learn about how plants were prepared and the traditional techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to create their own woven object. Image: James Horan
© Australian Museum

Educator led program details

Curriculum links

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)


Stage 3


Expressing themselves


Respond to and compose texts

  • explore, discuss and appreciate connections between Dreaming stories and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life


Life Skills

Outcome 12


Students: Understand and apply knowledge of language forms and features

  • appreciate the ways in which storytelling makes use of imaginative language

Outcome 16


Students: Develop and apply contextual knowledge

  • discuss the importance of stories from the Dreaming to the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


Life Skills


Patterns and Algebra: Repeating Patterns

Students: Recognise what comes next in a simple pattern of shapes

  • recognise repeating patterns of shapes in a range of contexts, eg paving patterns, wallpaper, Aboriginal artwork (Understanding)


Life Skills


Earth and Space: Earth's Resources

Human activity has an impact on the effective management of the Earth's resources. Students:

  • recognise ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sustain the value of the land, eg through the selective use of resources

Chemical World: Properties of Substances

Common chemicals have different uses. Students:

  • recognise the uses of a variety of natural materials in different cultures, eg the use of common plants as dyes for clothing and shelter by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


Stage 3


The Australian Colonies

The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony; for example, explorers, farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, humanitarians, religious and political leaders, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples (ACHHK097). Students:

  • use a range of sources to investigate the role of a particular man, woman or group and the contributions each made to the shaping of the colony


Life Skills


Investigating the Past

The importance of family and community to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Students:

  • investigate the social structures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, including the role of elders

The Ancient to the Modern World

The history and culture of Indigenous groups prior to contact with other cultures. Students:

  • identify important features of Indigenous Australians' and/or Indigenous peoples' culture prior to colonisation/contact, eg tribal structures and kinship, nomadic hunter/gatherer lifestyle, connection with the land, traditional stories, music and dance, artefacts and artworks
  • explore the ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples interact with and value the environment

The Making of the Modern World: Australian and Asia - Making a Nation

The colonisation and early settlement of Australia. Students:

  • recognise important features of Aboriginal culture, eg roles and responsibilities, connection with the land, kinship, traditional stories, music/dance, communication

Costs, duration, group size and availability

Cost: $10 (GST included) per student with a minimum cost of $100 per session. General entry to the Australian Museum is free for school students.

Duration: 60 minutes per session

Group size: Up to 30 students per session (4 sessions per day)

Availability: Monday-Thursday during school term

Supervision ratios

Students need to be supervised at all times while at the Australian Museum. There is no set supervision ratio, however we allow free entry for teachers and accompanying adults at the following ratios:

  • 1:4 for pre- and primary school groups
  • 1:10 for secondary school groups
  • 1:15 for tertiary or English language student groups.
  • 1:1 for students with additional needs

Additional teachers or accompanying adults above these ratios will incur a cost.

Booking information

Make a booking

Phone: (02) 9320 6222 or (+612) 9320 6222 for international visitors
Email: group.bookings@austmus.gov.au

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), EFTPOS or credit card, or alternatively an invoice can be provided after the visit. We are unable to process individual payments for students/adults in the group.

Planning your visit

Getting here

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.

When you arrive

  • 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 a booked session, some parts of the session may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • 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.

Cloaking, food and drink

  • 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. In the event of wet weather, we can provide a space for students to eat within the Museum.
  • 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 amevents@createconsultants.com.au or 9320 6182.


  • Please let us know when booking if your students have any additional needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate where possible during the visit.
  • The Australian Museum provides access to all areas for those in wheelchairs and mobility vehicles. Further information on accessibility is available here.