Your Visit

A Typical Visit

Most schools usually arrive around 10.00am and have a quick morning tea. In winter they collect kindling for the fire during this time. If two or three groups the program concludes at 1.00pm for lunch. If four groups, the program concludes at 2.00pm and includes lunch between sessions. Most schools finishing at 1.00pm stay and have lunch in the grounds.

A typical visit includes three or four sessions, depending on student numbers.   

A Typical visit for Stage 1 School Days of the Past & Stage 2 Continuity and Change 

1880s re-created lesson – seated at long-toms, the students re-enact aspects of daily lessons to gain an understanding of schooling in the past. The session includes chanting tables, writing with slate pencils on slateboards, using an early reader, viewing original 1880s pupils’ work, and writing Copperplate with pen and ink. Stage 2 students also consider teaching methods and discipline of the past.

Young students in heritage costume seated at a long tom during a lesson in the 1877 room

Interactive activities – students engage with artefacts through activities such as finding objects and treasures, using rubber stamps and a jelly pad, examining contents of Globite school cases, studying photographs, playing with early puzzles and toys and, in winter, toasting a piece of bread over the fire. Stage 2 students also participate in Junior Red Cross actions and do craft such as twisted threads or knitting.

A young boy in heritage costume placed his worksheet on the jelly pad to obtain a print of a map

Drill and maypole dancing – dressed in pinafores, lacy collars or sailors’ collars, the students learn simple maypole dancing and military-style drill using wands or dumb-bells.

A class learns drill outside using wooden dumb bells

Playground chants and games – Stage 1 students play clapping and circle games, skipping, ‘fly’, quoits and bowling hoops. 

Children playing 'fly' with sticks

1960s classroom technologies – Stage 2 students experience a short session in our recreated 1950s/60s classroom where they observe the displays and use Cuisenaire Rods to complete some number sentences.

Wet weather – if it is raining some outdoor sessions are run in a modified format indoors. If two groups, students do maypole dancing and drill using dumb-bells indoors. If three groups, students do drill using dumb-bells, make a counted thread mat and use Cuisenaire rods if time in our 1950s-60s classroom. If four groups, the program will run as a three session rotation due to space limitations.

Sample visit plans 

Download a sample visit plan for Stage 1 School Days of the Past: Stage 1 two classes, Stage 1 three classesStage 1 four classes.

Download a sample visit plan for Stage 2 Continuity and Change: Stage 2 two classesStage 2 three classes.

A Typical Visit for Stage 2 At School At War  

The  At School At War  program runs differently to our programs described above. It will commence with a recreated 1900s school assembly then students will rotate through three spaces undertaking hands-on activities as listed here.

Download a sample visit plan for Stage 2 At School At War.


For school groups there is a block of toilets, an undercover outdoor eating area and grassy grounds for playing. There are no tea and coffee making facilities. Take away coffee can be purchased nearby in Cox’s Road.

Medical Matters

Schools must bring their own first aid kit and emergency medications for their students. All museum staff are trained in e-Emergency, anaphylaxis and emergency asthma procedures. An Epi-Pen, first aid kit and Ventolin reliever is located on site.

White bread and golden syrup are used for toasting. Schools should supply alternative bread for students with special dietary requirements.


Information sheets, souvenir prices, photo galleries and other links are on our Resources page.