Contact and Colonisation


Museum of Sydney Excursion Information


Please note: Offered in Terms 1 & 3. Enquires for Term 1, 2022 now available.

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour 30 minutes
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
60 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary 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 $12.


Students conduct an historical investigation into the process and impact of the British colonisation of Australia, examining sources and perspectives. They practise historical archaeology, analysing a range of archival sources, handling artefacts from the archaeological collection and using them to answer inquiry questions.

The Museum of Sydney is built on the site of first Government House, the seat of British power in the early colony and a key location in the history of contact and colonisation, making it an ideal place to explore the nature and impact of the British colonisation of Australia and the first contacts between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

Students also explore the way the museum interprets contact history through artworks, recreations and artefacts. In the Gadigal Place gallery, students use primary and secondary sources to understand the different ways that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people experienced contact and assess how the lives of individual Aboriginal people were affected by contact with the colonisers.


Up to 20 Students: $200
Up to 40 Students: $385
Up to 60 Students: $575
Up to 80 Students: $760
Up to 100 Students: $905
Up to 120 Students: $1,055
Up to 140 Students: $1,130
Up to 160 Students: $1,230


Confirmation, payment & 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

Links to the History Curriculum

The Ancient to the Modern World 

Depth Study 6: Expanding Contacts 

Topic 6D: Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples, Colonisation and Contact History 

Outcomes (p75) 

A student: 

  • Describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies HT4-3 
  • Describes and explains the causes and effects of events and developments of past societies over time HT4-4 
  • Uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations HT4-6 
  • Identifies and describes different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past HT4-7 

The Ancient World 

Depth study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past

Outcomes (p58) 

A student: 

  • describes the nature of history and archaeology and explains their contribution to an understanding of the past HT4-1 
  • identifies the meaning, purpose and context of historical sources HT4-5 
  • uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations HT4-6 

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2211
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Museum of Sydney

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