Education programs - Temporary exhibitions

Education programs are available as part of the National Wool Museum's ever changing temporary exhibition schedule.

See the 'Up Coming' section for details on our latest education program/s. Relevant teacher guides are available below.


To organise a self-guided tour or book a museum educator led program for one of our temporary exhibitions, please complete our online booking form:

Book your school group now

You can book by phone by calling the Museum on 03 5272 4701.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53

Exhibition dates: 1 Dec 2017 – 13 May 2018

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, is on display at the National Wool Museum. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

This exhibition offers the opportunity to explore a variety of photographic techniques, perspective, conservation messages, and new plants, animals and landscapes.

Self-guided or facilitated.

Curriculum Connections: Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Geography, The Arts Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability.

Scarf Festival 2018: Living on the Land

(suitable for all ages)

Exhibition dates: 8 June – 26 August 2018

Scarf Festival is the National Wool Museum’s annual scarf competition, culminating in an exhibition of all entries. Open to all ages and abilities, Scarf Festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to create a wearable work of art and visit the National Wool Museum to see their scarf in a world-renowned exhibition.

The 2018 Scarf Festival theme is Living on the Land.

Integrate Scarf Festival into a STEAM unit by participating in the competition and/or visit the exhibition and learn about the materials and techniques used to create the scarves.

Students can also participate in a craft workshop with a qualified educator and learn how to felt, knit or weave.

Key dates:

  • Entries open – 1 February 2018
  • Entries close – 22 April 2018
  • Exhibition opens – 8 June 2018
  • Exhibition closes – 26 Aug 2018

Curriculum Connections: Earth sciences, Design and Technologies, The Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking.

The Little L Project - VR X 3D – exploring the possibilities

16 February – 15 April 2018

Encounter Australia's polar dinosaur for the first time - in a ground-breaking virtual reality x 3D palaeontology experience.

Get up close and personal with a wallaby-sized polar dinosaur found in the Otways - the Leaellynasaura.

A pilot research collaboration between Deakin University and the National Wool Museum.

Explore the merging of physical and virtual environments to produce a ‘mixed reality’ experience.

STEAM Unit - Future Fabrics - explore the possibilities

See mixed reality in action – a 3D printed dinosaur, 3D printed skin, virtual reality dinosaur and environment, then imagine future fabric in class.

Curriculum Connections: Design and Technologies, Digital Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Masters: Art of the precious metal object

Exhibition dates: 30 August 2018 – 29 January 2019

An Australian premier exhibition showcasing spectacular design, exceptional works and authentic practice from eleven masters of contemporary Australian goldsmithing, silversmithing and enamelling.

Self-guided or facilitated.

Curriculum Connections: The Arts, Design and Technologies.

Marion Best Hall: Interiors

Exhibition dates: 13 September 2018 – 25 November 2018

This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Best Hall (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes.

Best’s career spanned four decades from the mid–1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today.

Marion Best Hall: Interiors is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Self-guided or facilitated.

Curriculum Connections: The Arts, Design and Technologies

Free Teacher Professional Development Program

The National Wool Museum presents an exciting new program of professional development for teachers. In these hands-on sessions you’ll learn fun and innovative ways to integrate traditional and contemporary crafts, textiles and technology into your classes. Participants will also have the opportunity to preview temporary exhibition education programs.

Sign up for the National Wool Museum’s education enewsletter to stay up-to-date with the program. Sessions to be advertised throughout the year.

A certificate of attendance will be provided.

Page last updated: Monday, 7 October 2019