School Visits

A visit to the Museum is an excellent way to provide students with an understanding of what the past was like.  The location of the Museum means that a visit can be combined with a broader historical excursion including the harbour, Andrew Lysaght Park and Market Square.

Exhibits include:

  • Victorian era bedroom and parlour
  • schoolroom
  • laundry
  • Colonial kitchen
  • blacksmith’s shop
  • stockman’s hut
  • farm shed with farm equipment and horse drawn vehicles
  • air raid shelter

COST

There is a charge of $3.00 per student.  There is no charge for teachers and carers.

PREPARATION

Teachers are encouraged to prepare material prior to the visit and information is available from the Museum Manager on (02) 4228 7770  (please leave a message) or info@illawarramuseum.com

The Museum has a 15 minute video which provides an introduction to the Museum and early Wollongong.  The video can be made available to schools prior to a visit.

With sufficient notice, the Museum may be able to identify items in the collection that fit the particular curriculum needs of a class.  

RISK ASSESSMENT

The Museum is a two storey heritage building with some constraints that need to be taken into account when considering a school visit.

Plans of the building are available below.

  • the size and layout of the building limits to 45 the number of people that can be accommodated safely.  It is preferable that one teacher or carer accompanies each group of 15 students

  • a steep staircase is the only access to the upper floor

  • ramped access can be provided to the ground floor of the main building and to the yard but doorways are not wide enough for larger motorised wheelchairs

  • toilet facilities do not meet disability standards

  • the role of Museum volunteers is to explain the exhibits.  Teachers and carers are responsible for the good behviour of students.

  • if the building has to be evacuated, Museum volunteers will direct visitors to the safest exit - usually the front door where the assembly point is on the footpath to the right near the school zone sign.  Teachers and carers are responsible for moving students across the road to Market Square.  If the exit is through the rear gate, the assembly point is on the footpath.  Teachers and carers are responsible for moving students across Queens Parade and then to Market Square.

  • the Museum has a small first aid kit but the school group is responsible for providing any specialist equipment or medication requirements relative to their needs.

Worksheet Level 3/4
Market Square worksheet Level 2/3
Worksheet Level 7
Museum upper level plan
Museum downstairs plan
Museum courtyard plan

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