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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Visiting students are back!

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It is so lovely to hear the excited chatter of students fill our school rooms once more. Our first group travelled from Newcastle to engage in varied hands-on activities to investigate changes and continuities in education over time.

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Open for Term 4 excursions

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Our education program will recommence in Term 4 for pre-booked school excursions. There are a few available dates – see our availability calendar. All our repainted interiors are re-set and ready to go and Covid-safe measures are in place.    

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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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