Virtual Excursions

Our virtual excursions bring our museums programs right to your classroom. Our programs connect you live with a museum educator, are interactive and curriculum-linked.


Vegetables and fruit on kitchen table.

Cooking Up The Past

Stage 1 | History

In this new virtual excursion, your Stage 1 class will connect live with a museum educator and discuss how food was grown, stored and cooked in the past, in the 1820s kitchen at historic Vaucluse House. During the early years of the New South Wales colony, this house was the home of the Wentworth family and their many servants.

Students will see what’s growing the kitchen garden; investigate how technologies for preparing food have changed from the 19th century to today in the kitchen and dairy; learn how to make butter, so they can make their own and find out how good it tastes on a piece of bread.

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Two men leaning against a sandstone wall.

Convict work at the Barracks

Stage 2 | History

In this new virtual excursion, your Stage 2 class will connect live with a museum educator and learn about how convicts lived and worked at the Hyde Park Barracks in the early 19th century.

Students will examine historical sources including the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks building; discover what Sydney was like when convicts arrived at the Barracks; see how the bricks from which the Barracks was built were made by hand; and see clues left behind by convict brick makers.

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Two girls dressed in costume in large dormitory style room.

A New Home: Female Migrants at the Barracks


Stage 3 | History

In this new virtual excursion, your Stage 3 class will connect live with a museum educator and learn about female Irish orphans who migrated to Australia in the 1800s and stayed at the Hyde Park Barracks. 

Students will look at the factors that led the women to migrate from Ireland, what their journey was like and what happened to them once they were here. They will view the current exhibition and a range of historical sources, including some of the objects these women brought with them. Students will consider the importance of oral history and complete an empathy activity based on the migration experience.

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Image of an artwork by Aboriginal artist Gordon Syron

First Contacts


Stage 2 | History

In this new virtual excursion, your Stage 2 class will connect live with a museum educator and learn about first contacts between Aboriginal peoples and colonists that arrived as part of the First Fleet and aboard other ships in the early years of the colony of New South Wales.

Students will examine a range of historical sources including artworks and Aboriginal cultural objects and explore the impact of these new arrivals on the Aboriginal peoples of Sydney and the local environment. 

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Woman dressed as convict in yellow and black in front of green screen.

A Convict Story


Stage 2 | Creative Arts, History

Sydney Living Museums (SLM) is pleased to offer this engaging virtual excursion on convicts. This educational history virtual excursion is available to Primary schools across Australia and around the world and allows your students to interact live with our convict presenter.

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Law of the Land


Stage 3 | History

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1880s to share an hour in the life of a Mounted Trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police face in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW.

Sessions for home-schooled students

Special  sessions are reserved for home-schooled students in Term 3 2020:

Thursday 24 September

  • 11.30 am – First Contacts
  • 1pm – A New Home
  • 2pm – Convict Work At The Barracks

Cost: $10 per student



To book a Virtual Excursion program, please contact SLM Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211 or email

    Contact us

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