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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Museum closed Term 2 – digital resource on its way

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The NSW Schoolhouse Museum will be closed for Term 2 excursions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will remained closed until advised by the government. We have created digital resources full of videos, images and activities. We’re hoping to send the Stage 1 resource link to our Term 2 schools by the end of Week […]

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Online resources

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All remaining Term 1 school excursions have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See our Resources page for online resources, including a series of videos showcasing items from our collection on our new NSW Schoolhouse Museum YouTube channel.

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Engaging students in historical inquiry

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We’re thrilled to feature in the October 2018 edition of SCAN magazine! The article, Engaging students in historical inquiry: Utilising objects and living history experiences, explores the role of objects and living history experiences in historical inquiry in the K-6 setting through a case study of the NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education.

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