Hands-on Heritage Learning Programs

The National Wool Museum offers a fun and exciting range of guided tours and workshops for schools, facilitated by our experienced Museum Educators.

Our school learning programs and resources spark curiosity, develop social and historic understanding and enhance cultural awareness in students of all ages. Through interactive, immersive and object-based programs, students can explore the collections and exhibitions of the National Wool Museum to extend their classroom learning.

The museum offers a variety of self-guided tours, museum educator-led tours and workshops to suit the needs and learning outcomes of schools. Alongside the core exhibitions On the Land: Our Story Retold and In the Factory, we also present a vibrant annual program of temporary and touring exhibitions that offer a diverse mix of lifelong learning experiences.

All facilitated programs are led by experienced museum educators and align with the Victorian Curriculum.

  • Guided tour only - 60 minutes: students experience an interactive guided tour of museum exhibitions, focusing on aspects that align to your area of study (max 26 students)
  • Hands-on workshops (with guided tour) - 60 minutes: students experience ‘hands-on’ workshop in museum studio space (max 26 students)

Maximum group size is 26 students. Two groups of 26 students can be accommodated at the same time.

For larger groups: please contact the Learning Officer at [email protected] or call 03 5272 4701.

Self-guided tours

Groups can participate in a teacher-led guided tour of our galleries using our Exhibition Activities, Conversation Starters and Exhibition Insights found in the Learning Resources.

Alternatively, teachers can use their own guides and worksheets. 

Bookings essential to avoid clashes with other groups and programs. 

Museum-educator Guided Tours

History, the Past in The Present

Duration: 60 minutes
Students: 26 maximum
Audience: Primary and Secondary
Learning Stage: Foundation - VCE
Learning Area: Humanities, English

Students are led on a tour of the wool-centred core exhibitions On the Land and In the Factory.

Using Visible Thinking Routines See, Think, Wonder (Foundation to Year 6) or Circle of Viewpoints (Year 7 to VCE) students examine objects such as the Ferrier Wool Press or the Scouring machine to compare and contrast the technologies to modern equivalents, building historical awareness and understanding.

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Learning Workshops

A Visit to the Museum

Duration: 60 minutes
Students: 26 maximum
Audience: Kinder, Childcare, Playgroups
Learning Stage: Three to 4-year-old kinder
Learning Area: Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

Welcome to the National Wool Museum, your museum!

Your students are introduced to the world of museums through interactive stories, games and exploring objects and replicas for strong learning engagement. Most of the items presented can be handled.

These sessions encourage students to be curious learners, exploring new environments and objects that help them understand their place in the world.

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Stitch in Time

Duration: 60 minutes
Students: 26 maximum
Audience: Primary School
Learning stage: Foundation to Year 4
Learning Area: Humanities-History, Design Technology

What can objects from the past tell us about people and places?

Follow the threads of time through the museum's handling collection items to look at how daily life has changed. Discover the stories of human invention and resourcefulness connected to these historical sources including children's handmade quilt from our Quilt and Wagga collection. 

Students will build stitching and fabric stencilling skills to create a textile tapestry resembling the museum’s unique collection of ‘wagga’ rugs.

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Woollen wonder

Duration: 60 minutes  
Students: 26 maximum
Audience: Upper Primary to Lower Secondary
Learning Stage: Year 3 to Year 8
Learning Area: Humanities - History, Science, Design Technology

How does wool get from a sheep’s back to the clothing rack?

Go on a sensory journey and discover the processes that turn wool from fleece to fabric, such as scouring (washing), combing, spinning, knitting and weaving.

Students will experiment with and explore the properties of wool and get ‘hands- on’ crafting with wool, fibre and textiles. 

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Mapping the land

Duration: 60 minutes
Students: 26 maximum
Audience: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary school
Learning Stage: Year 5 to 8
Learning Area: Humanities-Geography, Design Technology 

The Geelong region on Wadawurrung Country is home to precious landscapes from rugged untouched coastline on the Bellarine, to wildflower infused grassland on the volcanic plain, to majestic open forest in the Brisbane Ranges. Since European settlement these ecosystems have undergone massive change due to land clearing, urban development weed infestation and pest animals.

In this educator-led workshop, students will use the museum’s collection of early photographs, footage, artworks, and maps of Geelong to compare representations of its changing landscape. Through a hands-on inquiry, students will work together to understand how Geelong’s landscape has changed over the 65,000 years of human contact. 

Learning geographical mapping conventions, students will create a map of Geelong using repurposed fabrics, fleece and yarn.

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Industrial Innovations

Duration: 60 minutes
Students: 26 maximum
Audience: Secondary school
Learning Stage: Year 7 to VCE
Learning Area: Humanities-History, Business, Design Technology 

Explore the innerworkings of the revolutionary innovation - the Jacquard punchcard programming system- through a ‘hands on’ coding activity.

Discover how this innovation is connected to the computer systems we use today and how machines used in the textile industries have changed how people work and live.

Students will decode a unique program designed for the National Wool Museum’s 1910 Axminster Gripper Loom and create a collective design.

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Temporary Exhibitions 2024

Guided Tour: 60 minutes

The Museum's annual temporary and touring exhibition program offers a broad range of learning opportunities to explore, respond and learn about People, Places and their connections to each other across Australia and the World. Our tours of these exhibition can be tailored to meet the needs of individual schools.

English, Humanities, Visual Art, Design Technology, Civics and Citizenship, Cross Curricula priorities. 

Need to know more...

Email [email protected] for further information and bookings.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2023