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 on a variety of subjects from Stages 4 to 6, covering ancient world studies with your favourites from the Nicholson collection, through to visual arts, sciences, Indigenous culture, Australian historical studies and interdisciplinary explorations.

Our teaching is discussion-based and inquiry-focused, as students explore the museum. In-person sessions usually include a session in our hands-on room and a tour of the museum led by our Education Officers. Talk to our team about your class’ specific needs for a tailor-made experience using the museum’s extensive collections and exciting exhibitions.

We are currently taking bookings for in-person programs for March 2022 onwards, please see our Visitor safety information for current covid restrictions.

These are some of the topics available for in-person excursions:

  • 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.

Our secondary school program is linked to the NSW Stage 4 and 5 History syllabusElective 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.

We have developed a new online hands-on program, Hands-on Connections, for senior Ancient History students, which captures the essence of our much loved hands-on program.

Join our experienced Education Officers as they guide year 11 and 12 Ancient History students through an engaging and participatory virtual learning experience. Coming to you live from the museum, staff will present case studies from Australia, Greece, Egypt, and Rome, while fostering energised discussion and debate among your students.

This immersive 80-minute program will explore the vast worlds of archaeology and ancient history, dissecting not only the disciplines themselves, but also questions of ownership, repatriation and the study of material culture. 

A live 80min Zoom session; including 60mins presentation and 20mins discussion jointly led by two education officers. 

Pricing 2024

In-person Programs

Secondary programs (7–12) 2024 price per student
Two hours
Three hours $25

Teachers, parents and carers join for free. Prices include GST, minimum charges apply.

Featured image (top of the page): a student handles an ancient Athenian white ground lekythos as part of our hands-on programs.