Our museums, historic houses and gardens are at the heart of every school excursion we offer.
With Sydney Living Museums, your students will discover past lives, events and stories in the places where they actually unfolded.
We provide programs that are designed to:
- Encourage students to actively investigate and better understand the past;
- Immerse children in an authentic historical context;
- Develop students’ critical, creative and reflective thinking skills and
- Assist your students to uncover the role of history in shaping our world today.
All of our school excursions are led by highly trained staff and are closely linked to the curriculum including the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: History K – 10.
We look forward to welcoming your school to Sydney Living Museums in 2016.
Free Family pass
Unlocking Heritage Travel and Program Subsidies
Primary schools in NSW receiving RAM funding (with an FOEI of +100) are eligible to apply for a travel subsidy of up to $20 per student to attend one of over 30 heritage or History curriculum-linked education programs at eight Sydney Living Museums sites and nine National Parks and Wildlife sites. Find out more
Regional and rural primary schools across NSW can apply for funding to participate in a free convict-themed sleepover at the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and a $20 per student travel subsidy. Find out more
It’s a powerful thing to actively explore past lives, events and stories in the places where they actually unfolded – you can see students making the connections and putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
Fabienne Virago, Sydney Living Museums
Come face-to-face with history! Our primary programs immerse students in exploring stories of the adults and children who have lived, worked and played in our historic places over time – convicts and bushrangers, city kids and farm kids, masters and servants. Our programs have a strong emphasis on active learning and using historical artefacts and technologies, as well as costumed interpretation and imaginative recreation. We focus on giving students the opportunity to develop their understanding of historical concepts and skills and to participate in the process of historical inquiry in authentic settings. Our programs also integrate outcomes from Science and Technology and Creative Arts.
Our secondary programs take students into places where history happened to explore past lives and events as well as the processes of constructing history. Programs cover a diverse range of topics and issues, from colonisation and the history of contact with Aboriginal people to archaeology, food technology and crime and punishment. A key focus of secondary programs is using and evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources in a historical inquiry.
Teacher Professional Development Program
Teaching History in the Primary classroom
Sydney Living Museums is now offering a series of professional development days for Primary teachers that explore practical ways to teach skills and concepts and build historical inquiry into lessons for Primary students.
This Stage 1 History program gives students the opportunity to explore the working areas of the former farm, and investigate what life would have been like for children living there 120 years ago.
Tertiary & Adult Education
Visits for tertiary and adult education groups, including English language students, are individually designed to meet the specific requirements of the course and student group on the advice of the lecturer. As well as tours of our historic properties, visits can provide focused access to our staff experts, research collections and library, displays and exhibitions to take students behind the scenes of a working cultural and research institution.
We offer a range of project-based internships that allow students to gain direct experience working in areas such as exhibition development, heritage interpretation, collection cataloguing, research, marketing and event coordination. SLM internships are unpaid and are available to students undertaking relevant courses at Australian universities.
In this highly popular program, students enter the world of convict Ivan Gotney. Set in the World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, the program weaves together historical source materials in a compelling interactive theatrical presentation, where students can hear Gotney’s fascinating story and learn about the importance of convict labour to the developing colony.
Check these out for use before or after your visit. We have a range of resources available online to support our programs and for students and teachers who are unable to visit us in person.
The Education Team
Sydney Living Museums
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T 02 8239 2288
F 02 8239 2299
For bookings, contact the relevant property.
Payment details (upon receipt of the invoice)
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Credit Card Authorisation Form [Download PDF] (please return this form to the museum that you are booking through)