Below are some frequently asked questions regarding school visits to the National Motor Museum.
What activities are available to school groups?
The following programs are currently available to book:
- Motorworks: one-hour program, best for Years 3-9. Students learn about the impact of assembly line manufacturing with a simulated assembly line, as they build a cardboard replica of a Model T Ford.
- Hawker Vans: one-hour program, best for Years R-5. In a fun, hands on activity, students will look at historical objects as sold by hawkers in early 20th Century South Australia.
- Self-guided visit: Explore the museum is your own time or plan your own program and activities for students. You can find information on exhibitions and guiding questions in our Guide for Teachers.
Check out our collection of worksheets for extra activities while visiting the museum.
How do I book a visit?
Submit a booking request form via the website. After submitting the form, our team will be in contact with you to confirm and or discuss your booking.
What information do I need to provide when I book?
All information we require is included on the booking request form.
Upon confirming your visit, we will provide: a risk assessment, COVIDSafe plan, our cancellation policy and your schedule for the day.
How will the schedule for my visit be arranged?
Our typical schedule for school visits is:
- Session 1, 10:30am – 12:00pm.
- Lunch 12:00pm – 12:30pm.
- Session 2, 12:30pm 2:00pm.
This allows groups to rotate through education programs and free time exploring the museum. Other groups and our staff be rostered based on this schedule, so please contact us if you need to make any changes.
What is the cost of a school visit?
Current cost for each program is $7.50 per student, or $3.00 per student for Category 1-4 schools.
Adults within the following ratios (as specified by DfE) may enter free of charge
- 1:6 for preschool to year 2
- 1:10 for years 3 to 7
- 1:15 for years 8 to 12
How do we pay?
The National Motor Museum is cashless. Schools can either pay on the day with a credit card or a Tax Invoice can be sent to the school for the cost of the visit.
We will only invoice for the number of people who visit on the day, so we do not issue invoices in advance of the visit. Please provide an appropriate email address for payment of the invoice.
How many students can attend?
The museum can accommodate a maximum of about 80 students per day. If you have a larger group, contact us to chat about your options.
Where can students gather for recess and lunch?
The National Motor Museum features beautiful grounds in the heart of Birdwood. School groups are welcome to gather in our outdoor courtyard for breaks during their visit. There is grassy area, a shaded pergola with picnic tables, and an indoor area with tables and chairs, so there is space for all weather conditions. There are also bathrooms nearby.
There is no food or drink allowed in any part of the museum itself.
Is there somewhere to store bags?
Yes, there is a secure room on the museum grounds where bags can be stored. This room can also be used during breaks. A key will be provided to teachers on arrival and should be returned before leaving.
Where can we park while we visit?
There is a large carpark next to the museum that can accommodate a bus or several cars.
Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the museum is generally wheelchair accessible, except for the Solid Ground and the 1920s Garage exhibitions, both of which are external and are entered by stairs. There are accessible bathrooms, and the learning spaces are accessible too.
Let us know if you have any specific requirements or concerns when you book and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Do you have a hot weather policy?
Our museum and learning spaces are air conditioned, so programs can still go ahead in hot weather.
How can my students continue their learning back at school?
Our Guide for Teachers contains a huge range of activities and resources that can be explored in the classroom.
The History Trust of South Australia has a great collection of digital resources connected to our four museums and our state’s history. Subscribe to our Education news to receive monthly updates on new resources and events.
All other History Trust learning resources are gathered here.
Can you bring the National Motor Museum programs to our school?
What activities are available for OSHC groups?
We welcome OSHC groups and we have some fun programs and activities for young visitors. Our Scalextric and Ramp Racer program is available for OSHC groups only and is suitable for all ages.
Submit a booking request form via the website or contact us to discuss your options. After submitting the form, our team will be in contact with you to confirm.
How can I find out about the latest education resources and events?
You can keep up to date with all the latest education news with our monthly email. This email from the History Trust education team covers news across our four museum sites; Migration Museum, National Motor Museum, South Australian Maritime Museum, and the Centre of Democracy.
You can also follow the History Trust and our museums on Facebook and Instagram, and join our private Facebook group, Learn with the History Trust.
What is the museum doing to ensure students and visitors are COVIDSafe?
- We continue to monitor, evaluate and adapt our education programs to fit government COVIDSafe guidelines and align with Department for Education recommendations, including staff and adults wearing masks when appropriate.
- Our hygiene program includes regular cleaning of exhibits and ‘touch points’ during the day and supply of hand sanitiser throughout the museum.
- We can allow storage of school bags for school groups only.
- Some rooms and galleries have limited capacity to retain social distancing
- We will provide cleaning in eating locations after use by each school group.
- If required, students can use our disposable gloves after being shown correct use.
- We have an approved COVIDSafe Plan available to view on request.
What happens in the event of a COVID outbreak or lockdown?
In the instance that a facility has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a confirmed close-contact among staff, students, residents, or team members which requires the facility be closed, the History Trust of South Australia and its museums will delay any bookings made by that facility for a minimum period of 14 days from the date that the case was identified. Should no further cases occur during this period the booking may be rescheduled, subject to availability. Any subsequent cases within that period will extend the period an additional 14 days, starting from the date of the last confirmed case or close contact.
- The period of 14 days in accordance with current understanding of the COVID-19 incubation period.
- No cancellation fees will be applied to any bookings cancelled or delayed due to circumstances relating to COVID-19 confirmed cases and all attempts will be made to reschedule within a reasonable timeframe.