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.

Thank you for a great experience. We thought it was about as close as you could come to the real thing. The variation of activities and mediums throughout the meeting kept the kids engaged the whole time. Zoe was also fantastic in how she communicated information and the way that she continually involved the kids.

Teacher - Pymble Public School

Free live events

Go back to the past at Vaucluse House Live Event

19 November 2020

Stage 1 | History

Don’t miss this opportunity to take your Stage 1 class on a virtual journey back to the past at Vaucluse House to learn about the daily lives of the Wentworth family and their many servants, and discover how household technologies have changed over time.

As part of this experience, students will meet Annabel Crabb and the Ferrone family, stars of the ABC’s hit show Further Back in Time for Dinner

Free. Bookings essential

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Wanted! Bushrangers Live Event

26 November 2020

Stage 3 | History

Come face-to-face with bushrangers at the Justice & Police Museum during Sydney Living Museums’ next live online event via Zoom.

Bushrangers roamed the countryside from the early days of the colony. They struck fear into the hearts of law-abiding citizens and committed terrible crimes. The discovery of gold caused a huge rise in bushranging and during the 1860s hundreds of men were arrested and punished. Yet today, despite their crimes, bushrangers are sometimes thought of as heroes or larrikins – because they challenged police and broke the law. But at the time they were active most people thought they were just criminals who belonged in jail.

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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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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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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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Assorted fragments of cloth, bones, teeth, pipes, a rat, shells, rope and a coin found under the floor at Hyde Park Barracks during the Convict period

Solve it using sources


Stages 3 & 4 | History

This new history skills based virtual excursion program is focused on analysis of source material to understand historical events and  peoples.

It is based at two Sydney Living Museums’ sites, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks and Susannah Place in Sydney’s Rocks area, and explores the archaeology of both sites as well as other relevant primary sources.

Available to book now for excursions taking place from January 2021.

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Sessions for home-schooled students

Special sessions are reserved for home-schooled students in Term 4 2020:

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Cost: $10 per student per session

To book, contact our Bookings team at



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