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Side panels from the trough of a painted wooden coffin with hieroglyphs and Egyptian deities.

Primary programs

Tactile experiences with fun and engaging activities for students
Our programs are designed to inspire children from kindergarten to Year 6 to explore the world in a playful, stimulating and hands-on way.

Curriculum links

Our primary school program links exceptionally well to the Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), creative arts, science and technology syllabuses.

Our teaching is discussion-based and inquiry-focused, as students explore the museum. Most schools book either a two-hour or three-hour visit. Both include a session in our hands-on room and a tour of the museum led by our education officers.


Primary school students can explore the collections and participate in a range of engaging activities, including:

  • handling objects
  • trying on togas
  • mummy wrapping
  • creating art
  • making butterflies.

These are some of the topics available:

  • ancient history
  • animals in art and history
  • Australian social history
  • democracy and forms of government
  • heritage tours of the University
  • historic photography and the past
  • Indigenous Australia
  • the natural world
  • visual arts
  • writing and languages.
Talk to us about your group’s educational needs, and we can match you with a program.

If you can't travel to the museum, we offer a series of digital learning experiences. Students can explore the collections – and our team can answer their questions – from the comfort of your classroom. Please contact us for more information. Charges apply.


Primary programs (K–6) Price per student
Two hours
Three hours $16

Teachers, parents and carers join for free.

The NSW government has relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions on school excursions. Talk to us about your group’s educational needs, and we can match you with a program.

Featured image (top of the page): A student examines a Horse-bit during a hands on session.