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Social Stories Museum of Sydney
Museum of Sydney Excursion Information

Please note: Enquire now for programs from Term 2, 2022. 

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.


During this thought-provoking and engaging program, students learn that the Museum of Sydney is built over the site of first Government House, from where Arthur Phillip governed the young colony of NSW. This place was also a site of contact between the British and Aboriginal people, where Arabanoo, Colebee and Bennelong were kept against their will and where Bennelong later returned with his wife to dine with the Governor.

Students are guided through the museum spaces and participate in structured learning activities that help them to identify different points of view and explain why people in the past may have behaved as they did. They analyse artworks and displays of artefacts, handle objects, and work in small groups to learn about Aboriginal people’s experiences before and after the arrival of Europeans. They also listen to a re-telling of the story of the spearing of Phillip by Willemering and develop the skill of empathetic understanding as they play a game that demonstrates the challenges of communicating without a shared language.


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

Stage 2 History

First Contacts

Key inquiry questions:
  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people before the arrival of Europeans?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and the early traders, explorers and settlers?

HT2-4 Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

HT2-5 Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

Cross-curriculum priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Complementary programs: Rats: Convict Tales; Convict Life at the Barracks; Investigating Convict History

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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Booking Contact

Museum of Sydney

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