Schools Education Programs
The Museum of Ancient Cultures specialises in Education Programs for years 7, 11 and 12 in Ancient History in connection to the NSW Ancient History curriculum. We also offer programs for Year 5 and 6 and other secondary school years by request. Schools attend our education programs from all over NSW and the ACT.
You can select to bring your students to visit the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University and participate in a memorable excursion or have us come to your school to run an incursion for your students.
All our programs include interactive workshops that emphasise student-led historical enquiry tasks as well as the opportunity to handle the ancient artefacts. In the hands-on sessions students develop their cognitive skills by working with artefacts to practice analysis, use of evidence, problem solving and communication. The on-campus excursion programs also offer an engaging tour of the Museum and consideration of the role of Museums, cultural heritage, the display of human remains and other associated issues.
The programs are conducted by the Museum's Education Officers who are trained educators. Their skills, talents and subject specialties are matched to suit the requirements of the programs on offer, including:
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Rome
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Israel and the Near East
- Pompeii and Cities of Vesuvius
If you have a special request in mind, please contact us to discuss your needs.
The cost of the In-House program is $20.90 per student, including GST (ie. $19.00 + $1.90 GST - schools are able to recover the GST component). The program runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm from Monday to Friday.
Where an Away Program is organised, the charge per student is slightly higher to cover the costs of travel and insurance. Currently this cost is $25.00 including GST.
Morning tea and lunch breaks
For on-campus excursions:
There is a short morning tea break during the program (around 11am). School groups are able to have their lunch break at the conclusion of the program at 1.00pm before returning to school. Those who bring packed lunches and drinks may sit on the grassed areas close to the Museum to have their lunch, weather permitting. Those wishing to purchase lunch on campus can do so at the University's eating facilities.
For off-campus incursions:
We can work around your school timetable needs. Please get in touch with us to discuss.
Please click here to make a booking request or start a conversation with us about your particular requirements.
School excursion risk management document
For teachers organising a school excursion to the Museum of Ancient Cultures, we have done the Risk Management document for you in PDF format.
Download the PDF and attach it to the documentation you need for the school excursion.
Community outreach programs
While the Museum of Ancient Cultures is a public facility open at set times for casual visitation at no cost, community groups who wish to arrange for organised tours and programs are charged to cover staff time.
While such programs are often conducted during business hours, groups can also attend in the evenings or on weekends by special arrangement.
In the past we have catered for groups from the U3A, the service clubs such as Probus, the Scouts and Cubs, Church groups, Community Associations, Senior Citizen's groups and Business clubs.
Volunteers are normally taken from within the Undergraduate and Postgraduate student body of Macquarie University, usually from the disciplines of either Ancient History, Museum Studies or Education (for those in the Teacher Education Program).
Potential volunteers are interviewed and, if suitable, are invited to join the Museum team as a volunteer to participate in a full-range of museum activities and projects.
Students who are studying a degree course in Ancient History, Archaeology, Museums Studies or Cultural Heritage at Macquarie University may like to contact us to arrange a Museum internship at the Museum of Ancient Cultures.
To discuss the possibilities of an internship further, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Work experience program
This popular program is open to secondary school or TAFE students in Year 10 and 11. Those on the program can experience something of the work of Museum staff, ancient historians and archaeologists.
Students help with the administration of the Museum, management and maintenance of the collection and may conduct some research via the web or the Library. They are shown how to handle artefacts correctly, are given some of the basic principles of design and exhibition layout, attend the Education Program to develop their skills of observation and deduction as well as develop their communication skills by meeting and interacting with staff, students, other work experience students and members of the public. Past students have found this a very beneficial program to attend.
Places in the Education Program are limited and it is a policy that we give priority to students from schools that attend our Education Program.
Arrangements can be made by contacting the Museum staff at email@example.com to discuss this further and check availability.
Please note: This is a very popular program, so schools need to book their students in with the Museum as early as possible.
Please visit our Resources for Schools website for free Ancient History resources developed by Macquarie University academics and students.