Plan your school visit

Find key venue, amenity and safety information to assist you to plan and prepare for a smooth, safe and enjoyable visit to the Museum.

The National Wool Museum is a public space for everyone to seek, discover and explore. To ensure the preservation of the Museum and its unique collection, and ensure everyone’s experience at the museum is enjoyable and safe please:

  • be respectful of other visitors while at the museum
  • walk only in the museum
  • keep noise and voice volume to a reasonable level
  • help us take care of the museum and the unique objects and exhibits by touching only what you are invited to touch

Prior to your visit, we encourage teachers/supervisors to brief their students on appropriate behaviour in the Museum.

If possible, teachers are encouraged to do a preparation visit prior to your group’s visit to the National Wool Museum, to view the exhibitions, familiarise yourself with emergency exits and gauge potential risks and hazards.


Supervision

Teachers and supervisors of groups are responsible for the supervision, duty of care and behaviour of students of their groups at all times.

Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. For refreshment and lunch breaks there are green spaces located nearby the Museum, including the garden area in front of Customs House (100 metres), Steampacket Gardens (300 metres) and Johnstone Park (450 metres).

Photography without flash is generally permitted in the galleries, students are welcome and encouraged to use digital devices in the Museum to document their visit. Some visiting exhibitions may have specific restrictions on photography or other recordings in the space.


Arrival

On arrival the coordinating teacher should present themselves to the ticket desk located inside the shop. They will be required to sign-in on behalf of the group and the school will be responsible to keeping records of all the individuals that attended the excursion.

Students will then enter and exit the museum through the schools' entrance, located on Moorabool Street. For groups who have booked a guided tour or workshop, your Museum Educator will meet you in the foyer.

Bus parking is available in front of the National Wool Museum on Moorabool Street or in Transit Place and Gheringhap Street (between Brougham Street and Mercer Street) These parking bays are not time restricted.


Accessibility

The Museum is accessible for those with mobility needs, with ramps to each level. Accessible toilets are available on Level 1 of the Museum.

Toilet facilities are located on the rear wall of every level of the Museum.


Additional needs

Please inform The National Wool Museum if there are any special needs or apparent risks associated with individual students or school group visitation, prior to your visit.


Bags and storage

We prefer students not to bring bags into the museum, however if this is unavoidable please let us know in advance and we will endeavour to assist.


Emergency procedures

We have fully tested evacuation procedures in place in case of fire or other emergencies. In the event of an emergency it is essential that school visitors take directions from Museum staff.

School groups will be escorted to a muster point by our staff who will work with teachers to ensure that all pupils are present and safe.

Our building are fitted with alarm systems and emergency exits are clearly marked.


First aid

It is the responsibility of the school staff accompanying the group to provide first aid to their students. First Aid trained Museum staff will assist when required and in line with Child Safe principles. First aid kits are available throughout the Museum.


Child Safe Standards

The City of Greater Geelong and The National Wool Museum is committed to being a child safe organisation and has zero tolerance for child abuse.

All staff members at the National Wool Museum are required to complete Child Safe Standards training and to comply with Child Safe Code of Conduct to ensure we create and maintain a child safe environment where children and young people are safe, respected, valued and protected from harm.

All National Wool Museum staff, including volunteers, have current Working with Children Cards.


Insurance

The National Wool Museum is covered by Public Liability Insurance.





Page last updated: Wednesday, 25 August 2021

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