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This session gives students a hands-on experience with real invertebrate specimens from our collections.

Museum educator led program (Early Stage 1 - Stage 2)

During this session students will explore various invertebrates and their features including spiders and insects. They will have the opportunity to have a game of spider darts, identify a variety of invertebrates and make a butterfly envelope used by scientists for collecting purposes.


Students in an education program
Students in an education program Image: James Horan
© James Horan Photography

Educator led program details

Curriculum links

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)

Science

Early Stage 1

STe-4WS Explores their immediate surroundings by questioning, observing using their senses and communicating to share their observations and ideas.

Science

Stage 1

ST1-4WS Investigates questions and predictions by collecting and recording data, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and comparing what they and others know.

ST1-10LW Describes external features, changes in and growth of living things.

Science

Stage 2

ST2-4WS Investigates their questions and predictions by analysing collected data, suggesting explanations for their findings, and communicating and reflecting on the processes undertaken.

ST2-2VA Shows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities.

ST2-10LW Describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features.

Content Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. (ACSSU044). Students:

  • research ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples classify some plants or animals

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-Friday 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.

Access

  • 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