School Group Visits Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of programs do you offer for school groups?

  • We offer a range of programs that  focus on our permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions.
  • We cater for all learners K-12 and provide programs for a wide range of subjects including Art, Design, English, History, Languages and Religious Education.  
  • Programs include interactive floor talks, lectures, immersion days, artmaking workshops, video conferences and professional learning programs for teachers.   
  • Programs for Higher Education and adult groups are also available.  
  • Our programs are facilitated by gallery Educators who are all qualified and experienced teachers.
  • You can see our current program offerings here.

My students have not been to the Gallery before. What would you recommend?

An Introduction to the Collection is an ideal focus for first time visitors. It provides students with an engaging overview of the Gallery. You can find out more details about this session here.

Can you design a customised program based on individual curriculum requirements?

  • Of course, if you have an area of interest you would like to explore our Educators can work with you to identify relevant connections to our collection or exhibition program. Just contact our bookings office or fill in a tailor made request form.  
  • For tailor made programs please contact us at least one month in advance to give us time to plan your requested program.  

How many students can be accommodated at one time in education programs?

For most Educator-led Gallery sessions you will be allocated one Gallery Educator per 20 students. Multiple Educators can be allocated to accommodate large groups. Some programs, including introductory talks for major exhibitions, are held in lecture theatres and cater for large numbers of students, including multiple schools.

How many supervising teachers need to come with my group?

Students must be supervised at all times by a teacher or adult.
We request:

  • at least one teacher/adult for every 20 students in Year 2 or above
  • at least one teacher/adult for every 15 students in K-Year 1

What do I need to do to make a booking?

Bookings and program inquiries can be made by telephone, email or webmail booking request.
Please book early to secure a place in your selected NGV Education program.

What do I need to do to change a booking?

All bookings are considered confirmed at the time they are made. Amendments and cancellations are required in writing to at least two weeks in advance of your visit.
Late notification of amendments/cancellations will result in the full original booking fee being incurred. An information sheet with bookings and cancellations terms and conditions is provided with each booking and is available online.

Do I need to book if I am bringing a self guided group?

Self-guided school groups are very welcome but we do require you to make a booking. Booking ahead for a self-guided visit will allow us to provide you with current information to assist with planning your visit, including details about exhibitions, entry, and cloaking.

What else do I need to know about the visit?

Yes, before your visit please be aware of:

How do we get there and when?

See our location maps and guides here. Please use the school’s entry and sign in at the reception desk on arrival.
If you have a booking for a program, we recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled booking to give you time to register, cloak any bags and, if required, to help organise your students into groups.

What cloaking facilities do you have for school groups?

There are school lockers available for booked groups at both The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International. Please ask for a locker key when registering. Cloaking is limited so please minimise what students bring. Backpacks and large bags are not permitted in the Gallery so we suggest school lunches are packed in bags that can be easily stored.

Can I carry a backpack that contains a first aid kit?

If you are carrying a first aid kit or medical supplies for your group please ask the staff at the registration desk for a sticker for your bag

Is there anywhere for student groups to eat in the Gallery?

The Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International is an ideal place for students to eat lunch. This can be accessed via the Great Hall.  No food or drink is permitted in gallery spaces.

Can students use writing or drawing materials?

During programs with Educators the focus is on looking and discussing. Some programs do include writing and drawing activities for which all materials will be supplied. If you require your students to take notes or sketch, please ensure you bring paper and pencils. No pens are permitted in the Gallery.
See sketching and notetaking guidelines here.

Is photography permitted?

Students are allowed and encouraged to take photographs, (no flash please), and senior students are free to post them on their social media platforms of choice.
See photography guidelines here.

How can teachers prepare students for their visit?

Teachers are advised to clearly communicate to their students the purpose of their visit to the Gallery, including any specific links to their studies at school.  We also recommend exploring the NGV website for information and images of works they may see as well as details of current and upcoming exhibitions.
You can also explore our range of free education resources here.

What do I need to do on the day of the visit?

  • Bring your Booking Confirmation.
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time and be wary of potential traffic conditions in the city.
  • Make sure you go to the correct Gallery. We have two sites, NGV International on St. Kilda Road (please note Schools enter NGV International via the North (School) entrance from the Arts Centre forecourt) and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square.
  • On arrival, approach the security desk, NGVI or front of house desk, NGVA who will be expecting you. Register your class numbers and cloak any bags, (you will be given a key to a locker).

If you have any other questions or queries please contact our bookings office here

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