School programs and resources

Year Level

Learning Area



Three school students look at an interactive exhibit

Bug Lab educational experiences

Immerse your students in a spectacular experience ‘designed by bugs, for humans’. Visit Bug Lab in combination with IMAX and a Melbourne Museum education program for a full day in the world of bugs.

Years K-10 Museum Staff-led

Daily life

Students learn about how daily life has changed for Aboriginal children and their families.

Years 1-2 Museum Staff-ledBunjilaka
Shelf of taxidermied, mounted bird specimens
Free live-stream

Birds of a Feather: online tour

Flock online to see behind the scenes and into Museum Victoria’s bird collection – with a personal tour from Karen Roberts, Vertebrates Collection Manager.

Years K-VCE Self-directed
School students examining showcases in 600 Million Years Exhibition.

600 Million Years gallery visit

Journey back in time, 600 million years ago, and discover Victoria’s amazing past through the fossil record.

Years K-VCE Self-directed
rimary school students using iPads during the 'Place and Culture' program in the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum.

Place and culture

Students learn about the diversity and longevity of Australia’s First Peoples and the significance of place to their culture and identity.

Years 3-4 Museum Staff-ledBunjilaka
Close-up image of a fossil

600 million years in 60 seconds

Make a 60 second movie to communicate science using the 600 Million Years: Victoria evolves exhibition.

Years 9-10 Self-directed
Children participating in education program in Melbourne Museum

A load of old rubbish

In the Melbourne Story exhibition

Students consider how historical narratives are constructed from the material remains of past societies.

Years 7-9 Museum Staff-led
Primary school students participating in the 'Our Shared History' program in the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum.

Our shared history

Students learn about the diversity and longevity of Australia’s First Peoples and the impact of colonisation on their daily life and culture.

Years 5-6 Museum Staff-ledBunjilaka
Butterflies on display in the Bugs Alive! exhibition at Melbourne Museum

Bugs Alive! gallery visit

Uncover live insects and explore over 100 types of bugs and spiders from the museum’s collection in this exhibition.

Years K-10 Self-directed
Two students with female in program

Bugs, bugs, bugs!

An interactive program for students to learn about insects and bugs.

Years K-4 Museum Staff-led
Various indigenous Shields in display case

Ancient worlds

Students learn about the diversity of Victoria’s First Peoples as the longest continuous culture in the history of the world.

Years 7-8 Museum Staff-ledBunjilaka
MV Staff member talking to children in Melbourne Story exhibition

Cold case detectives

Students investigate the varied fates of some of Melbourne’s citizens through an examination of the things they left behind.

Years 9-10 Museum Staff-led
Skulls in Darwin to DNA exhibition

Darwin to DNA gallery visit

Examine the mechanisms of evolution, the importance of genetic variation and how DNA is used to study evolution.

Years 9-12 Self-directed

The modern world

Students learn about the diversity of Victoria’s First Peoples and how they have fought for their country and their rights.

Years 9-10 Museum Staff-ledBunjilaka
Prep students from Camelot Rise Primary School participating in Dinosaur Walk education program

Dinosaur skeletons

Discover the amazing world of dinosaurs and become a junior palaeontologist.

Years K-4 Museum Staff-led
Visiting child using Dino-viewer to view Diprotodon skeleton.

Dinosaur Walk gallery visit

Walk among the skeletons of amazing animals from the past – dinosaurs, flying reptiles and megafauna.

Years K-10 Self-directed
Woman in pond feeding eels

Living on the land

An introduction to First Peoples' relationship with the land, traditional foods, tools and technologies in the Milarri Garden.

Years 9-10 Museum Staff-ledBunjilaka
Girl looking at Earth models on display in Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth gallery visit

Discover how Earth formed, how earthquakes and volcanoes occur, and see amazing rocks and minerals from Museums Victoria’s collection.

Years K-12 Self-directed
Children looking at ferns in Forest gallery

Forest Secrets gallery visit

Take a journey through a living gallery to discover stories about environments and change in Victoria's tall forests.

Years K-VCE Self-directed
School children using the multimedia interactive

First Peoples gallery visit

Self-directed trails for learning in First Peoples.

Years 1-VCE Self-directedBunjilaka

Fun and games

In the Melbourne Story exhibition

Some things change, some things stay the same. Children’s toys are a primary source for learning about the history of Melbourne.

Years 3-4 Museum Staff-led
illustration of a shed

Grandad's shed

Children interact with a range of objects to learn more about nature, history, culture, collecting and family.

Year K Museum Staff-led

Teacher resources for First Peoples

Extend your experience of the First Peoples exhibition with these resources for the classroom.

View of the WWI: Love and Sorrow exhibition in the temporary exhibition space in the Mind and Body gallery

Love and Sorrow student trail

Students can better understand the significance of WWI by following this trail, with stories of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.

Years 9-11 Self-directed
Primary school students holding money in the 'Making a Quid' program in an activity room at Melbourne Museum.

Making a quid

Working life in Melbourne's past

Using objects and images this program explores the changing nature of work in Victoria since the settlement of Melbourne.

Years 5-6 Museum Staff-led
Staff member talking to visitors in Milarri Garden

A guide for deeper learning

Students learn about the complexity and diversity of Australia’s First Peoples and reflect on their own cultural practices.

Years 11-VCE Self-directedBunjilaka
Young girl looking at Giant Squid in showcase

Marine Life gallery visit

Journey under Victoria’s seas to discover hidden and unfamiliar worlds which are spectacular, diverse, unique and vulnerable.

Years F-VCE Self-directed
Children at Luna Park interactive in Melbourne Story

Melbourne Story gallery visit

Students can encounter the people, places and events that have made Melbourne the city it is today.

Years F-VCE Self-directed
Museum Victoria staff presenting education program for school children

My grandmother's toy box

Children learn about Melbourne’s history through a story about a little girl and her family toy box.

Years K-2 Museum Staff-led
Dynamic Earth exhibition interior shot.


Students research sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks using the Dynamic Earth exhibition and create short documentaries to communicate their findings.

Years 7-8 Museum Staff-led
Professional graphic designer speaking at a Top Designs Forum for VCE Students, in the theatrette, Melbourne Museum

Top Designs 2017 forums

Top Designs forums support VCE students and teachers with advice, insights and inspiration from the VCAA, outstanding design industry professionals, and Top Designs’ exhibitors.

Years 11-VCE Museum Staff-led
VCAA State Reviewer for Visual Communication Design Jacinta Patterson presenting on the Melbourne Museum Theatre stage in front of images of her work at a 2016 forum.
Fri 19 May

Top Designs 2017 talks

Top Designs talks support VCE students and teachers of Visual Communication Design and Product Design & Technology with advice and insight from a representative of the VCAA.

Years 11-VCE Museum Staff-led

Top Designs: live streaming forums

An online forum for students studying Systems Engineering, Product Design and Technology and Media featuring industry experts. An online talk for students studying Visual Communication Design with the State Reviewer.

Years 11-VCE Museum Staff-led

Top Designs interviews

Exhibitors from Top Designs in 2016 are interviewed about their folios and subjects areas, and share handy hints for Year 11 and 12 students for the 2017 program.

Children in AIMES room in Mind exhibition

VCE Psychology

Resources to engage students in deeper gallery learning, covering a range of investigative topics from the VCE study design.

Years 11-VCE Self-directed
Indomalay region animals and birds showing Javan Rhinoceros the Wild Amazing Animals exhibition

Wild gallery visit

Explore an amazing array of mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world.

Years K-12 Self-directed
Curator Rebecca Carland presenting rare books at Thinking Without Borders, teacher professional development workshop

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