Step Back in Time

A glimpse of schooling from the past, the NSW Schoolhouse Museum is a popular excursion venue for schools. With a hands-on focus, students interact with artefacts and experience early school life. They use skills of historical inquiry to investigate the past: Present and Past Family Life; The Past in the Present; Community and Remembrance. 

The NSW Schoolhouse Museum was the first building of North Ryde Public School. The original schoolroom was built in 1877 for 45 pupils with extra rooms built in 1893 and 1910. Housed in restored early schoolrooms, the museum collects and preserves objects relating to the history of public education in NSW. The museum is open for school excursions, group tours and the general public by appointment.

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Restoration works

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The museum has a new ‘old’ look with all of the building’s interiors and exteriors freshly painted. The NSW Department of Education, who owns the buildings, took the opportunity in the recent closure to repair and restore. We paint-scraped each interior to find the original colours and repainted those. We found the original decorative and […]

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Stage 1 online learning resource

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Our Stage 1 online learning resource, School days of long ago, is now available to schools who had booked in for Term 2 excursions. It contains videos, image galleries and activities. The resource  is also available for schools outside of greater Sydney who are unable to visit the NSW Schoolhouse Museum due to distance. Please […]

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