Explore the entire museum on The Discovery Trail
The Discovery Trail is designed for students who are looking at the museum as a whole.
For this trail it is important to split classes into small, supervised groups to visit multiple galleries – each group in a different gallery.
Small groups moving around the museum displays do not inconvenience the public nor other classes that have booked programs in a particular gallery.
There are two versions of the Discovery Trail to choose from. The first is for older students and contains background information, questions and space for students' answers. The second version is split into two booklets and is designed for classes where it is more suitable for parents or teachers to read the information to the students.
The trails have information for all galleries, but it is unlikely that students will have time to complete all pages. For a 60 minute visit we recommend groups visit all galleries, but only complete trail pages for three or four of them. (Perhaps teachers can give different groups pages for different galleries and thus encourage discussion after the visit.)
Discovery Trail for Older Students
In this program, the pages are split into two sections. The answers to questions from the upper part of each page can be recorded in the lower part. Teachers may wish to give their students only the upper part and allow them to record their answers in their own way.
For Younger Students
The guide book has information and questions for parents and teachers to read to students. Students can answer verbally or record answers in their own museum record books.
Museum Record Book for younger students (An optional way to record answers to the questions read from the Guide Book.)
On a museum excursion pre-school children learn as much about museums as institutions as they do about the objects within them. See our kindergarten ideas page.