Below are some frequently asked questions regarding school visits to the Migration Museum.
What activities are available for school groups?
The following programs are currently available to book:
- Being a Child in the 19th Century: In this fun education program students explore the past focusing on school life and daily life of colonial Australia before schooling became compulsory in South Australia.
- Changing Worlds: This program investigates the lives of children both pre- and post-colonisation in South Australia, with a focus on the students of the Native School Establishment, on the historic Migration Museum site.
- Unpacking Histories: Working like historians and curators, students wear gloves to unpack, examine, research and record the lives of several South Australians and their 20th and 21st century immigration stories.
- Self-guided visit: Explore the museum is your own time or plan your own program and activities for students. You can find information on exhibitions and guiding questions in our Guide for Teachers.
How do I book a visit?
Submit a booking request form via our website. After submitting the form, our team will be in contact with you to confirm and or discuss your booking.
What information do I need to provide when I book?
What is the cost of a school visit?
Current cost for each program is as follows:
2-hour program: $15.00 per student
1.5-hour program: $12.50 per student
1-hour program: $10.00 per student
Adults within the following ratios (as specified by DfE) may enter free of charge
- 1:6 for preschool to year 2
- 1:10 for years 3 to 7
- 1:15 for years 8 to 12
How do we pay?
The Migration Museum is cashless. Schools can either pay on the day with a credit card or a Tax Invoice can be sent to the school for the cost of the visit.
We will only invoice for the number of people who visit on the day, so we do not issue invoices in advance of the visit. Please provide an appropriate email address for payment of the invoice.
Where can students gather for recess and lunch?
There is an open courtyard and gazebo with some tables and chairs in the centre of our museum, which can be used for recess or lunch breaks.
The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden is also just a short walk down Kintore Avenue, which is a nice quiet area with grass and trees.
Is there somewhere to store bags?
Yes, there is a bag storage area on site. Museum Officers will show teachers where this is on arrival.
How many students can attend?
The museum can accommodate a maximum of two classes per day. If you have a larger group, note this on your booking request form and you can contact us to chat about your options.
Where can we park while we visit?
There is a loading zone on Kintore Avenue outside the museum for pick-up and drop-off. Drivers will need to make arrangements for parking in the area.
Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Migration Museum is wheelchair accessible, and there is an accessible bathroom. Contact us to chat about any accessibility issues or requirements.
Please note, due to temporary gallery closures, there is some limited access to some parts of the museum.
Do you have a hot weather policy?
Our museum and learning spaces are air conditioned, so programs can still go ahead in hot weather.
How can I provide feedback after our visit to the museum?
We value feedback and would love to hear about your experience at the Migration Museum. You can complete a short survey about your experience with our education programs here.
Please feel free to contact the museum with any other questions or comments about your visit.
How can my students continue their learning back at school?
Our Guide for Teachers has a huge range of activities and resources that can be explored in the classroom. You will find activities to extend the education programs experienced in the museum, as well as source analyses, resources and quizzes.
The History Trust of South Australia has a great collection of digital resources connected to our four museums and our state’s history. Subscribe to our Education news to receive monthly updates on new resources and events.
All other History Trust learning resources are gathered here.
How can I find out about the latest education resources and events?
You can keep up to date with all the latest education news with our monthly email. This email from the History Trust education team covers news across our four museum sites; Migration Museum, National Motor Museum, South Australian Maritime Museum, and the Centre of Democracy.
You can also follow the History Trust and our museums on Facebook and Instagram, and join our private Facebook group, Learn with the History Trust.
What is the museum doing to ensure students and visitors are COVIDSafe?
- We continue to monitor, evaluate and adapt our education programs to fit government COVIDSafe guidelines and align with Department for Education recommendations, including staff and adults wearing masks when appropriate.
- Our hygiene program includes regular cleaning of exhibits and ‘touch points’ during the day and supply of hand sanitiser throughout the museum.
- We can allow storage of school bags for school groups only.
- Some rooms and galleries have limited capacity to retain social distancing
- We will provide cleaning in eating locations after use by each school group.
- If required, students can use our disposable gloves after being shown correct use.
- We have an approved COVIDSafe Plan available to view on request.
What happens in the event of a COVID outbreak or lockdown?
In the instance that a facility has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a confirmed close-contact among staff, students, residents, or team members which requires the facility be closed, the History Trust of South Australia and its museums will delay any bookings made by that facility for a minimum period of 14 days from the date that the case was identified. Should no further cases occur during this period the booking may be rescheduled, subject to availability. Any subsequent cases within that period will extend the period an additional 14 days, starting from the date of the last confirmed case or close contact.
- The period of 14 days in accordance with current understanding of the COVID-19 incubation period.
- No cancellation fees will be applied to any bookings cancelled or delayed due to circumstances relating to COVID-19 confirmed cases and all attempts will be made to reschedule within a reasonable timeframe.