We welcome learning groups to visit the museum. We provide a wide variety of ways to access learning at the Museum and programs are available for students from towards foundation to tertiary.
The National Wool Museum operates in line with current health restrictions. Please check our visitor page for up to date information.
School groups are welcome to enquire about future bookings, but availability will be subject to the level of restrictions at the time of visitation.
For your own health and safety, we recommend you check the latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS).
Museum educator-led tours and workshops are available for all our wool-based core exhibitions and exciting range of temporary exhibitions. School visits may also be self-guided or tailored to meet the specific needs and requirements.
To request a booking for your group please fill in our online form and indicate your preferred type of program and dates.
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Early years program
The National Wool Museum caters for children aged from two years and up with a specially designed range of early years programs that support the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VELYD).
Our programs offer immersive experiences adapted to early learners and diverse needs, from interactive stories to sensory visits.
Please requesting a booking online.
For more information, contact our Education team or by phone or via email ([email protected]).
School groups have three options to choose for their visit:
- A self-guided visit. Please book ahead, but schools may explore the museum at their own pace.
- A guided tour - 45 minutes. Our museum educators will guide class groups around the museum focusing on aspects that align to your area of study.
- A guided tour with workshop - 90 minutes. Our museum educators will give your students a guided tour and a hands-on workshop experience. Options for the workshop include: weaving, felting and knitting.
All facilitated programs are led by experienced museum educators and designed to align with the Victorian Curriculum. Our programs include tours with specific focus (history of the area, textile technology, etc).
To request a booking for your group, fill in our online form and indicate your preferred program and dates.
Bookings are essential for guided and self-guided tours. A minimum charge of 10 students applies for educator-led programs. Please advise us prior to arrival if your booked numbers have changed. Speak to our education team about program options for smaller groups.
Programs fees 2019-2020
- $5 per student (self-guided)
- $6 with museum educator led program.
Accompanying teachers and supervisors are free at the ratio of 1:10 or 1:4 for preschools.
Teachers can present their VIT card for free entry to the Museum anytime. Conditions apply.
Groups may opt to pay prior to their visit, on the day, or to be invoiced for later payment.
How to prepare your visit
We ask that students and their supervisors observe the following guidelines, in order to preserve the Museum and its collection and to ensure a smooth tour:
- Prior to the visit, teachers/supervisors should brief students on appropriate behaviour in the Museum
- Educators to accompany and supervise their group at all times during their visit
Please consider other visitors and maintain a reasonable voice level.
- We prefer students not to bring bags into the museum, however if this is unavoidable please let us know so we can arrange options for storage.
- Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries; if you would like to include a nutrition break in your program a break-out space can be organised in a dedicated space, at the discretion of the Museum, or the waterfront play-spaces are only a short walk from the Museum. Please advise during booking.
- 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 recording in the space.
Museum accessibility and entrance
- The Museum is fully accessible for people of all abilities.
- Schools will enter and exit the museum through the schools' entrance located on Moorabool Street, after staff have informed the front desk of their arrival.
- Bus parking is available in front of the National Wool Museum on Moorabool Street or at the Geelong Busport next door.
- Toilet facilities are located on the rear wall of every level of the Museum and accessible toilets are located on the first floor.
How to book
Please use our online form to request a booking.
Need to know more...
For more information, contact our Education team by phone or via email ([email protected]).