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This session introduces students to the lifestyle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples prior to European contact.

Museum educator led program (Early Stage 1 - Stage 3)

This session offers students the opportunity to handle real artefacts and explore aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Educator with student Image: Australian Museum
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Educator led program details

Curriculum Links

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)


Early Stage 1

GEe-1 Identifies place and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people.

Content Students:

Investigate the importance of places they live in a belong to (ACHGK002, ACHGK004)

Investigate the Countries/Places important to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples 9ACHGK003)


Stage 1

GE1-1 Describes features of places and the connections people have with places.

GE1-2 Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places.

Content Students:

Investigate features of places and how they can be cared for (ACHGK005)

Investigate the weather and seasons of places (ACHGK006)

Investigate connections that people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, have to local and global places (ACHGK010, ACHGK011, ACHGK012)


Stage 2

GE2-1 Examines features and characteristics of places and environment.

GE2-2 Describes the ways people, places and environments interact.

GE2-3 Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments.

Content Students:

Investigate Australia’s major national and human features (ACHGK014, ACHGK015)

Investigate the settlement patterns and demographic characteristics of places and the lives of the people who live there (ACHGK019)

Investigate how the protection of places is influenced by people’s perception of places (ACHGK018)

Investigate the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people (ACHGK021, ACHGK022, ACHGK024)

Investigate the ways people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, value environments (ACHGK022, ACHGK023, ACHGK024)

Investigate sustainable practices that protect environments, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHGK023, ACHGK024, ACHGK025)


Stage 3

GE3-1 Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments.

GE3-2 Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments.

GE3-3 Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments.

Content Students:

Investigate the ways people change the natural environment in Australia and another country (ACHGK026, ACHGK027)

Investigate how the natural environment influences people and places (ACHGK028)


Early Stage 1

HTe-1 Communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others.


How the stories of families and the past can be communicated (ACHHK004)

The different structures of families and family groups today, and what they have in common (ACHHK002)


Stage 1

HT1-2 Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community.

Content The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance (ACHHK045)


Stage 2

HT2-2 Identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world.

HT2-4 Describes and explains the effects of British colonisation in Australia.


The importance of Country or Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who belong to a local area (ACHHK060)

The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the ways Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives (ACHHK077)

The nature of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders and others and the effects of these interactions on, for example, families and the environment (ACHHK080)


Stage 3

HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia.

HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time.


The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of inhabitants (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and how the environment changed (ACHHK094)

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 or complete the form on the bottom of the page

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.

Contact Group Bookings Office