Welcome to Sydney Living Museums’ school excursions.

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.

For bookings:

Contact the relevant property.

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Virtual excursions

Why not bring our historic sites and fascinating stories into your classroom with one of our virtual excursions?

Unlocking Heritage travel and program subsidies

Travel subsidy

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

Convict sleepover

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

School girl playing with an old-fashioned stick and hoop game
Students learning about and playing different types of games children played in the 19th century Elizabeth Farm. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

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



Primary programs


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.

Secondary Programs


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

Group of students at workshop looking at art with museum staff member standing.
Stage 3 students at the Justice and Police Museum participating in the History program Bailed Up! Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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.

Registrations are now open

Education news

Interior of school house with students seated at desks and presenter at front.


Unexpected local history connection at Rouse HillFriday 28 October 2016

Recently, students from Cudgegong Valley Public School had the opportunity to visit Rouse Hill House & Farm as part of the Unlocking Heritage project, discovering some of their own local history in the process.

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History Extension: Tips from The Project expertsThursday 20 October 2016

Children dressed in convict costume seated at long table with food and drink.


A night in the barracks for Taree Public SchoolWednesday 24 August 2016


Churning the past at our house museumsWednesday 3 August 2016

Hand-operated kitchen tools such as butter churns help school students understand the hard work that once went into food preparation in the kitchens and the running of several of our house museums, including...

Students doing education program.


Loving learning at Rouse Hill House & FarmWednesday 20 July 2016

School children visit Rouse Hill House & Farm nearly every day to experience life both indoors and out.

Tertiary & Adult Education

Group of Lidcombe TAFE design students in the Scholars' Gallery during a tour of the Caroline Simpson Library. Photograph © Nicole Davis.

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.


Two people looking at Gadigal Place display
Visitors to Gadigal Place, Museum of Sydney. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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.

Virtual excursions

Presenter dressed as convict outside Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Convict, Ivan Gotney outside Hyde Park Barracks Museum Photos © Bruce Usher and Sian Morgan Hall. Composite design SLM

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.

Learning resources

A close-up of the teacher's desk and fireplace in the old schoolhouse
The teacher's desk and fireplace in the old schoolhouse at Rouse Hill House & Farm. Richard Taylor © Sydney Living Museums

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.

General inquiries

The Education Team
Sydney Living Museums
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

T 02 8239 2288
F 02 8239 2299

Please note:

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)