Secondary school education program

High school students can deepen and extend their classroom learning through our exhibitions and collections.

A range of options is available, from general introductory tours of the collections for Year 7 groups to specialised HSC tours.

We also offer tours of the Quadrangle on the University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus and provide a glimpse of university life for students. Tours can be organised to coincide with other on-campus activities such as Science Alliance and careers markets.

Years 7 to 10

For Stage 4 and 5 students (years 7-8 and 9-10), we can provide introductory sessions that encourage students' interest in history, culture and art.

In these programs, we focus on discovery and developing interpretative skills, emphasising that it is important to be aware of context. The programs are designed to develop students' skills in reading 'material culture' – that is, the physical remains of a past society.

Years 11 and 12 – HSC students

Stage 6 students (years 11 and 12) are given intensive sessions on subjects related to HSC courses, with a focus on analysing and interpreting evidence.

It is also an excellent opportunity for students to experience university life and tertiary studies.

Topics

Particular emphasis is placed on Stages 4-5 and Stage 6 syllabuses. There is a focus on the following subject areas:

  • Ancient History
  • Languages
  • Biology
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Visual Arts.

Combining visits to two or more of our museums allows students to focus on various topics across the collections.

The Nicholson Museum

An introduction to ancient history and archaeology

Archaeological methods and techniques

Life on a dig

Egypt

Greece

Rome

The ancient Near East

The Celts

Pompeii and Herculaneum

Troy

Mummification

Imperial Rome

Classical Athens and Sparta

Bronze Age

Crete and Greece

Death & burial in ancient Egypt

Writing in the ancient world

Soldiers in antiquity

Latin

The Macleay Museum

Biology

Aboriginal studies

Collecting the natural world

Insects

Faunal remains

Evolution

Anthropology

Indigenous Australian culture

The South Pacific and its culture

Stone tools

Prehistory

The history of scientific development

Scientific instruments

History through photographs

The University Art Gallery

The artist

Visualising the world

Portraiture

The landscape

Australian art: from colonial to contemporary Indigenous art

East Asian art

Other topics

Heritage tours of the University and its grounds