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Students looking at a statue of Hermes

Secondary programs

Step out of the classroom and into a world of art, science and history
Spark your students' interest with an introduction to our collections, or deep dive into a specific topic, tailored to suit your needs. Our expertise is fostering discussion-led discovery and object-based learning.

We offer a range of exciting programs for students of a variety of subjects from Stages 4 to 6, covering ancient world studies with your old favourites from the Nicholson collection, through to visual arts, sciences, Indigenous culture, Australian historical studies and interdisciplinary explorations.

On opening the Chau Chak Wing Museum will have 18 new exhibitions, many include objects that have never been seen by the public before. Talk to our team about your class’ specific needs for a tailor-made experience using the museum’s extensive collections and exciting exhibitions.

Curriculum links

Our secondary school program is linked to the NSW Stage 4 and 5 History syllabus, Elective History syllabus and Stage 6 Ancient History syllabus. For students in Year 7 to 10, we focus on the discovery of history and developing interpretive skills, emphasising the importance of context. Stage 6 (Year 11–12) students are given intensive sessions on HSC course-related subjects with a focus on developing skills of 'reading' material culture.

It is also an excellent opportunity for students to experience University life and tertiary studies.

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.

These are some of the topics available:

  • ancient Near East
  • archaeological methods
  • Bronze Age Crete and Greece
  • Egypt
  • ethics of museums (collecting and repatriation)
  • Greece
  • heritage tours of the University
  • Latin, Greek and language in the ancient world
  • mummification and human remains
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Rome
  • Troy, Classical Athens and Sparta.

Please talk to us to discuss other options.

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.


Secondary programs (7–12) Price per student
Two hours
Three hours $20

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 handles an ancient Athenian white ground lekythos as part of our hands-on programs.