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Explore the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through this guided tour.

Museum educator led program (Stage 2 - Stage 3)

Students are guided through the First Australians galleries (Bayala Nura: Yarning Country and Garrigarrang: Sea Country) by a Museum educator. The tour focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures.

First Nations Gallery Tour
he students are taken on a guided tour of the First Australian's Galleries lead by a Museum Educator. The tour focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ and their cultures. Image: James Horan
© Australian Museum

Educator led program details

Curriculum links

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)


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.


The Australian continent. Students:

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

Similarities and differences between places.

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

Perception and protection of places.

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

The Earth's Environment.

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

Perception of environments

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

Protection of environments


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


Factors that change environments


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

Environments shape places


Investigate how the natural environment influences people and places, for example: (ACHGK028)


Stage 2


HT2-1 Identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world.

HT2-2 Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

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


Community and Remembrance

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

Days and weeks celebrated of commemorated in Australia (ACHHK063)

First Contacts

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

HT3-4 Describes and explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


The Australian Colonies

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)

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)

Australia as a Nation

Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women and children (ACHHK114)

The contribution of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and migrants, to the development of Australian society, for example in areas such as the economy, education, sciences, the arts, sport (ACHHK116)

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.