Excursions

Education Programs

Tours and activities are led by experienced guides and can be combined with various cultural workshops and enrichment activities. Museum guided tours can be tailored to suit your class by highlighting particular topics of interest (with advance notice). Topics covered in include:

• Early Australian history – Gold Rush of the 1850s
• Chinese festivals and customs
• Immigration and multiculturalism
• Ancient Chinese history
• Chinese arts and crafts
• Chinese performing arts
• Literature and language
• Martial arts

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Pre-visit Information Kit

Bring your school excursion to the Chinese Museum for an unforgettable learning experience. Choose one or more of our guided tours, activities and workshops.

A discount of $1 per student applies to programs marked with an asterisk * when booking together with a core program.

 

Core Programs

Chinese Museum Guided Tour

FOUNDATION UP


Students will gain an overview of Chinese and Chinese-Australian history and culture. The Finding Gold Gallery gives an introduction to life on the goldfields in the 1850s. In the Dragon Gallery, students will learn about the powerful symbol of the Chinese dragon, the history of dragon parades in Australia and Melbourne’s unique role in reinstating processional dragons to post-Cultural Revolution China. The Gallery of Chinese Australians provides a unique insight into Chinese-Australian history over 160 years through to the present day, while our evolving Gallery of Chinese History & Culture includes amazing inventions, objects and artefacts. In 2017, this gallery will continue to showcase the highly successful Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting exhibition.

Topics covered on the tour include: migration, identity, industry, fashion, traditional and ancient history and culture, food and medicine, racism in Australia, and the contribution of Chinese-Australians to Australian culture.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: Humanities: History Levels 1-3, 5-10 and Geography Levels 3-6; Languages (Chinese) Levels F-10; Civics and Citizenship Levels F-10; Intercultural Capability Levels F-10


Fee: $8 per student


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 100 students per hour approx.


Duration: 60 minutes

 The Great Explorer Tour

YEAR 1 UP


This comprehensive, 2-hour experience encompasses the Chinese Museum Tour PLUS a guided tour exploring the oldest, continuously settled Chinatown in the Western world: Melbourne’s Chinatown precinct.

The many heritage-listed buildings in Little Bourke Street tell the story of life for new arrivals in the 1850s – as a place to purchase supplies for the goldfields, to meet in the community club houses, to obtain traditional medicine from herbalists and to dine on traditional Chinese food.
The tour has a focus on local Chinese culture and migrant identity.

Students are introduced to various aspects of the street culture, architecture and cuisine.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: Humanities: History Levels 1-3, 6, 9-10 and Geography Levels 3-6; Civics and Citizenship Levels 1-6; Intercultural Capability Levels 1-10


Fee: $14 per student


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 100 students per hour approx.


Duration: 120 minutes

 

 Core Programs in Chinese Language

YEAR 3 UP


Both core programs are available in Chinese (Mandarin), to enable students to enjoy a full cultural experience. These can be done at two levels of language ability, but our staff is happy to tailor the tours to your students’ abilities and focus on specific, relevant vocabulary.

Basic Chinese
Guides will speak a mixture of English and Chinese, using basic concepts for beginner students. They will check in frequently for student understanding and maximise opportunities to consolidate classroom knowledge, while introducing some new vocabulary.

Native Chinese
This tour is for advanced students and is delivered by native Chinese speaking guides. Guides will speak mostly in Chinese, encourage student engagement in Chinese, and will check occasionally for student understanding.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: Languages (Chinese) Levels 1-10.
Supports VCE: Chinese Language, Culture and Society Units 1-4; Chinese First Language Units 1-4; Chinese Second Language and Chinese Second Language Advanced Units 1-4


Fee:
Basic Chinese
Museum Tour $10 per student
The Great Explorer Tour $15 per student
Native Chinese
Museum Tour $14 per student
The Great Explorer Tour $20 per student


Minimum: 15 students Maximum: 100 students per hour approx., depending on staff availability


Duration: 60-120 minutes depending on tour

Create Programs

 Paper Cuts

YEAR 3 UP


Known as jián zhĭ, the exquisite folk art of paper cutting dates back to the invention of paper in the Han Dynasty. Skills and techniques developed over time, peaking in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. This workshop covers basic techniques and includes cultural information about the use of paper cuts to symbolise luck and happiness at festivals and celebrations. Students make and keep their own beautifully framed paper cut.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: The Arts (Visual Arts) Levels 3-10; Languages (Chinese) Levels 3-10; Intercultural Capability Levels 3-10


Fee: $9.50 per student*


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 50 students per hour


Duration: 60 minutes

 Chinese Lanterns

YEAR 2 UP


Our beautifully designed, distinctive lanterns can be found hanging in school classrooms and kids’ bedrooms all over Melbourne! Made of colourful tissue paper and bamboo, the lantern, or dēng long, has been used for centuries in China to mark significant events and festivals. Our instructors teach participants how to make the lanterns as well as the meaning and uses for these important cultural objects in many traditional rituals & festivals.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: The Arts (Visual Arts) Levels 3-10; Languages (Chinese) Levels 3-10; Intercultural Capability Levels 3-10


Fee: $9.50 per student*


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 50 students per hour


Duration: 60 minutes

 Chinese Knotting

YEAR 4 UP


The art of zhōngguó jié is used to produce more than just ornate decorative objects. Each knot has its own symbolism and meaning. In this workshop, students discover how Chinese knots began as communication tools and evolved into an intricate folk art form. Students learn various types of knots and make their own knotted charm to hang on a bag for good luck.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: The Arts (Visual Arts) Levels 3-10; Languages (Chinese) Levels 3-10; Intercultural Capability Levels 3-10


Fee: $9.50 per student*


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 50 students per hour


Duration: 60 minutes

Hands-On Learning Programs

 Discover Chinese Characters

YEAR 4 UP


Students learn about the origins and nature of Chinese as a language of pictograms. Instructors explain a selection of characters and their meaning, and assist students to write using simple calligraphy techniques and pre-inked brush pens. Prior knowledge of the Chinese language is not required.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: The Arts (Visual Arts) Levels 3-10; Languages (Chinese) Levels 3-10; Intercultural Capability Levels 3-10


Fee: $9.50 per student*


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 50 students per hour


Duration: 60 minutes

 Han Dynasty Guided Tour & Workshop

YEAR 3 UP


This new package includes a tour of the Chinese Museum’s spellbinding Han Dynasty exhibition and a workshop covering the inventions and innovations of the Han period and more. This hands-on experience allows students to explore history through artefacts and objects.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: This workshop is especially suitable for Year 7 History Ancient China, but also supports Humanities: History Levels 1-3, 5-10 and Geography Levels 3-6; Languages (Chinese) Levels F-10; Civics and Citizenship Levels F-10; Intercultural Capability Levels F-10


Fee: $9.50 per student*


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 50 students per hour


Duration: 60 minutes

 

Active Programs

 Kung Fu Workshop

ALL AGES


A brief introduction to Kung Fu which aims to achieve physical, metal and spiritual harmony. Includes basic anti-bully and stranger danger techniques. The emphasis is on discipline and respect for oneself and others.

Supports Victorian Curriculum: Personal and Social Capability Levels F-10; Civics and Citizenship Levels F-10; Intercultural Capability Levels F-10; Health and Physical Education Levels F-10


Fee: $12 per student


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 50 students per hour


Duration: 60 minutes

Extras

 Chinatown Lunch

ALL AGES


The best way to truly immerse your students in culture is to appeal to all the senses. We can organise a meal experience to complement your excursion. Choose from the following:

Chinese Lunchbox
Students eat freshly prepared food boxes in a friendly Asian food court environment. This is in the heart of Chinatown, with no distracting fast food majors. A great value add-on to your Chinatown excursion.

Chinese Restaurant
Students experience Chinese cuisine, dining and culture, while seated round tables for a traditional shared meal of dumplings/spring rolls, meat dish, vegetable dish, and fried rice or noodles.

A meal together for your students supports their learning under the Victorian Curriculum: Personal and Social Capability Levels F-10; Intercultural Capability Levels F-10; Languages (Chinese) Levels F-10


Fee:
Chinese Lunchbox: $10.50 per student
Chinese Restaurant: $15 per student


Minimum: 15 Students Maximum: 100 students per session


Duration: 45 minutes

 On-Demand Student Lectures

YEAR 10 – 12


Deepen your senior students’ understanding of any China-related subjects and give them a taste of university life through a customised lecture at the Chinese Museum. Using our wide network of experts, we can find a specialist who can tailor the lecture to your students’ needs.

 

Curriculum: Year 10-VCE Tailored to your subject/class.


Fee: Price on application


 

Duration: 60 minutes