During your visit to the museum

When you arrive

A Visitor Experience Officer (VEO) will welcome you when you arrive. The VEO will:

  • Confirm the details of your visit
  • Provide a printed information sheet to read to your group which can then be placed in the recycling bin
  • Show students where to store their bags
  • Direct you to the area of the Museum where you are starting your visit

Exploring insects in the Inquiry Centre.

Learning at the Museum

Museum exhibitions and activities are developed to support diverse learners. Exhibitions cater for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners and use visual displays, real objects, hands-on activities, multi-media and reference materials.

Adults can support group learning by:

  • Encouraging students to work in small groups and adopt specific group roles.
  • Asking questions that encourage investigation.
  • Demonstrating curiosity and encouraging wonder.
  • Encouraging students to talk, ask questions, share ideas.
  • Directing students to ask questions of Museum staff.
  • Encourage students to follow instructions when interacting with multi-media and available technologies.
  • Encouraging students to engage with interactives and touch specimens.
  • Responding to students' queries.
  • Guiding students to exhibits relating to classroom learning.
  • Making suggestions about how students can approach any tasks they have been assigned.
  • Suggesting students record difficult questions, differing views, favourite exhibits and objects for further research or discussion back at school.
  • Expressing feelings and encouraging students to share theirs.