Excursions are a staple of primary and high school life. Not only do they offer the students a chance to leave the classroom and get a taste of the world, but they can be quite educational as well. In today’s blog, our school bus charter company will be detailing some excursion hotspots around Victoria that offer a fun and educational time for students.
Scienceworks is a museum and planetarium that offers a visually stunning experience for school children of all ages. The museum is located in the suburb of Spotswood and concentrates specifically on science in all its forms. It is riddled with interactive stations and games that will keep the children occupied for the entire day.
You may also select certain programs and presentations for your students to participate in. Different programs are available for different year levels. Some activities will span the entire day whereas others will only be short segments – leaving the rest of the day for the students to explore the rest of the museum.
2. National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
The NGV is fantastic because there are always temporary collections and exhibitions in addition to their resident pieces. This makes it a fresh destination and guarantees that no two visits will be the same. Younger year levels will be taken by the amalgamation of colours, shapes and expressions of art and will learn something from the guided tours that occur. Older students that may be studying art for VCE will get even more out of the visit as they can really study the types of works that are on display.
The NGV also has two locations. The international gallery which is located just outside of the city on St Kilda Road and the national gallery which is located in Federation Square at the Ian Potter Centre. Both galleries have revolving temporary exhibitions and offer school tours. Interactive classes are also available that will engage the students in practical activities.
3. The National Sports Museum (NSM)
Melbourne is famous for its sport. This is why the National Sports Museum at the MCG is an iconic location and a wealth of knowledge for not only the history of sport in Melbourne but also about the science and health aspect of sport and fitness. The school children will be mesmerised by the priceless memorabilia and interactive displays.
Currently, the NSM is being redeveloped with new technology and interactive games – as well as beefing up their current arsenal of holographic features. The NSM is a unique and educational insight into Melbourne’s sporting culture and history. The museum will be reopening in February 2020.
ACMI is Australia’s national museum for film, television, videogames, art and digital culture. It is a magnificent space that always has something on. Located in Federation Square, ACMI never has a shortage of interesting and engaging exhibitions on display. The museum features state-of-the-art displays and technology to bring you immersive experiences as well as pieces of cinema and television history. School groups are always welcome at ACMI and the students will have a great time exploring the twists and turns of the modern museum.
At present, ACMI is undergoing a redevelopment that they’ve dubbed Re/New – which will feature new spaces and interactive experiences to further immerse and enlighten. Specific education spaces will also be reimagined and redesigned as well as the addition of two completely new rooms. ACMI will be re-opening in mid-2020.
5. Immigration Museum
The Immigration Museum is a brilliant spot for students to visit as it can really give them a point of view on things that they won’t be able to get anywhere else. It’s an important cultural journey for high school students to experience. They’ll learn about the struggles of being an immigrant in modern society as well as throughout history. The museum itself is actually housed within the Old Customs House – which is the old administrative centre for immigration and customs in Melbourne.
The museum is open to school groups and hosts educational tours and programs that students can participate in. These are designed to encourage the students to read about the stories and events in each room and then answer questions in a comprehensive format. The Immigration Museum is located on Flinders Street in the City.
Looking to charter a school bus?
All these great excursions are only possible if you have some way to get to and from the locations. That’s why Melbourne On The Move offers school bus hire services for excursions. Our comfortable buses are only equalled by our knowledgeable and professional drivers.
If you’re looking to charter a school bus for an excursion, then please give us a call on 1300 558 686. Alternatively, you may also fill out the contact form on our website.