COVIDSafe School Visits

Changes to our Education Programs in 2020

As part of the South Australian Government’s Step 3 easing of restrictions we can now accept school excursion bookings at the South Australian Maritime Museum, the National Motor Museum and the Migration Museum.  We continue to adhere to federal and state government guidelines including a maximum of 1 person per 2 sqm and an increased and regular cleaning regime.

To make sure our visitors, including school groups, remain safe at all times, we have made some changes to the school programs that are available. The size of rooms and galleries in the museums mean some of our education programs have been changed, while others will not be available for the foreseeable future. Some programs use highly interactive displays and we have adapted these where we can.

We will continue to monitor, evaluate and adapt our education programs to fit government COVIDSafe guidelines and align with Department for Education recommendations. If you cannot visit us at one of our museums, we also have a range of education programs, digital and printed resources that can be used within the classroom. We are also developing a series of virtual museum visits where students can engage and interact with our curators via web conferencing platforms – watch this space!

Read about our available programs at each museum and some frequently asked questions below.

From Term 4, the Migration Museum will be offering the following school group visit programs


This program focuses on the lives of children both pre- and post-colonisation in South Australia, including the experience of children at The Native School Establishment, which was on the same site as the Migration Museum from 1845-51, providing a unique and personal example of first contact (life for Indigenous Australian pre- and post-contact). Students will be asked to reflect on the following inquiry questions: Who lived here first and how do we know? How have laws affected the lives of people, past and present?


This program is an investigative multimedia-assisted workshop that shows how the stories of individual lives fit into the local, national and global mosaic of history. 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. Students will be asked to reflect on the following inquiry questions: How are social histories put together? What stories can objects and documents tell? 


This Reception to Year 2 program will explore the history of play and toys. How do you play? What do you play with? What did your ancestors play with? In the historic Migration Museum courtyard and in small groups, students will explore toys and play games. Students will learn to identify if the game or toy is a recent invention or has a long history.

All programs are 75 minute with a short COVIDsafe introduction.

Contact the Migration Museum to book on (08) 8207 7580 or email [email protected] 

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Frequently asked questions: COVIDSafe visits

What are you doing to keep students and other visitors safe?

  • Our hygiene program includes increased cleaning of all exhibits, supply of hand sanitizer throughout the museum and specific session times to allow for deeper cleaning between sessions.
  • 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 do teachers need to do to arrange an excursion?

  • Department for Education guidelines require teachers to complete a risk assessment for each excursion – we can provide information to teachers that will assist in completing this form.
  • Be aware of our capacity limits, program changes and gallery limits.
  • Contact our education team for more information or to book your visit!

Please note: 

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, HTSA 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.

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