How Cities Work: preschool/school program

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $150 for up to 15 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour inside the exhibition. Please allow 15 minutes for bagging and toileting before and after your program time.
Session Offered
Monday to Friday Term 1 and Term 2, 2019
Maximum Students
30 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for stage 1 and 1:4 for ES1 and Early Learning groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $8.

Enter an immersive cityscape full of magical, tactile experiences to discover how the city works. Peek inside buildings, duck underground, and explore the streets to find out what’s going on above your head and beneath your feet.

This hour long, supported learning experience enables your students to freely explore and investigate the inner workings of a city in our new exhibition How Cities Work, based on the book How Cities Work by Lonely Planet Kids, illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock. A program deliverer will help students into their hardhats and support teachers during the visit as together you navigate the fun activities this exhibition has to offer. Students will be able to see what makes cities special places, use 3d objects to build their own skyscrapers and interact with a range of displays. The exhibition offers students opportunities to think about the city they live in. Who lives in cities? What makes a sustainable city? What will our future cities will look like? This exhibition offers teachers the potential to make cross-curricular links in Geography and Science and Technology.

Cost scale

Up to 15 students: $150
Up to 30 students: $290
Up to 60 students: $405

Confirmation, payment and cancellation

  • You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
  • We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
  • You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
  • Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
  • Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing.

Curriculum links

The exhibition offers a great avenue of discussion for the following Curriculum areas:

  • Geography- teachers can make links to the Content from the NSW curriculum to People Live in Places (ES1) and People and Places (S1)
  • Science and Technology- teacher can make links to the content to the Made Environment (ES1) and The Built Environment (S1).
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Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Bookings: 02 8239 2211


Risk assessment: MOS (including HCW)