Conveniently located within Melbourne’s Chinatown, with over 20 years’ experience in museum education. Our programs have been designed by teachers with a strong focus on curriculum and contemporary teaching methodologies. All Education resources and programs have meaningful links to the Victorian Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum across a wide range of learning areas including Humanities, Languages (Chinese), The Arts and English. 

Tours 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):

• 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 – drama, dance, music
• Literature, language and philosophy
• Martial arts

Free Entry to the Museum for Teachers!

Teachers are warmly invited to explore the museum and talk to us in person about their students’ needs, at no charge. Bring your VIT card for free entry (ONE ENTRY PER CARD).

Booking Enquiry

For more details, call 8640 0179 to book or email [email protected]

 

View or download the Excursion Program here. 

The Chinese Museum is a child safe organisation. View or download our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety Standards here. 

 

View or download our Pre-visit information kit herChinese_Museum_Pre-Visit_Kit.pdf_-_Google_Docs.pdfe

It details 1) Booking Terms and Conditions, 2) Excursion Planning info and 3) Risk assessment.

Chinese Museum Tour

Subjects: Civics & Citizenship / Chinese Second Language Learner / Intercultural Capability / History

Cost: $9.00 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Students will explore ‘Finding Gold’, to learn about life on the goldfields in the 1850s. In the ‘Dragon Gallery’, students will learn about Chinese mythology and symbolism. ‘Han Dynasty’ presents interesting inventions from Ancient China (206BCE – 220CE). ‘One Million Stories’ provides a unique insight into Chinese-Australian history spanning 200 years through to the present day.

Chinatown Tour

Subjects: Civics & Citizenship / Chinese Second Language Learner

Cost: $9.00 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Students will explore the oldest, continuously settled Chinatown streetscape in the Western world. They will be introduced to various aspects of the precinct’s culture, architecture and cuisine. Highlights: — Journey through iconic Little Bourke Street and its intriguing laneways — Look for clues about the past — Hear about the people who lived and worked in Chinatown — Watch Chinese chefs prepare dumplings.

Great Explorer Tour

Subjects: Civics & Citizenship / Chinese Second Language Learner / Intercultural Capability / History

Cost: $16.00 per student

Duration: 2 hours

Students will participate in a comprehensive Chinese Museum experience, including a Museum Tour and Chinatown Tour.

Tea Heaven Exhibition

1 May - 7 June

Subjects: History / Dance / Music

Cost: $11.00 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Learn about the history of tea in China. Featuring a Kung Fu tea performance, tea tasting and more! Includes bubble tea!

Mid-Autumn Festival

1 – 18 September & 5 – 30 October

Subjects: Intercultural Capability / History / Visual Arts

Cost: $17.50 per student

Duration: 2 hours

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a 3000-year-old tradition when the full moon appears largest in the sky. Celebrating family re-union, this festival program explores moon legends and traditional practices such as lantern making, riddle guessing, moon cake making and Chinese tea ceremony.

Chinese Ink Painting

Subjects: Visual Arts / History / Intercultural Capability

Cost: $9.50 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Like calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting is done using a brush dipped in black or coloured inks, usually on paper or silk. It is also called shuimo which translates to ‘watercolour and ink’.

Discover Chinese Characters

Subjects: Intercultural Capability / Chinese Second Language Learner / History

Cost: $9.50 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Students will 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.

Chinese Paper Cutting

Subjects: Visual Arts / Intercultural Capability / Chinese Second Language Learner

Cost: $9.50 per student

Duration: 1 hour

The exquisite folk-art of paper cutting dates back to the invention of paper in the Han Dynasty. 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 will make and keep their own beautifully framed paper cut.

Lantern Making

Subjects: Visual Arts / Intercultural Capability / History

Cost: $9.50 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Students will make a colourful paper lantern and learn about the significance and history of lantern making in China.

Chinese Knotting

Subjects: Visual Arts / Intercultural Capability / History

Cost: $9.50 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Each Chinese 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 will learn various types of knots and make their own knotted bracelet or charm for good luck.

Traditional Chinese Music

Subjects: Music / Dance / History / Intercultural Capability

Cost: $9.50 per student

Duration: 1 hour

This interactive program aims to introduce the beauty, wisdom and philosophy of traditional Chinese music. Students will learn about Chinese instruments, musical structures and listen to a live instrumental performance. They will learn new Chinese songs to perform.

Kung Fu Workshop

Subjects: Health and Physical Education / Intercultural Capability / History

Cost: $13 per student

Duration: 1 hour

The practice of Kung Fu aims to achieve physical, mental and spiritual harmony. Emphasis is on discipline and respect for oneself and others. Learn basic anti-bully and stranger danger techniques.

Han Dynasty Tour & Workshop

Subjects: History / Geography / Science

Cost: $9.50 per student

Duration: 1 hour

Students engage in a focused tour of the Han Dynasty exhibition and a workshop covering the inventions and innovations of the Han period to explore history through artefacts and objects.

Chinese Restaurant

Subjects: Intercultural Capability / Chinese Second Language Learner

Cost: $16.00 per student

Duration: 45 minutes

Served at a nearby restaurant, a traditional shared Chinese meal is the perfect complement to your Chinese Museum excursion. Teachers will receive an information sheet to explain the art of eating in Chinese culture.

Chinese Lunchbox

Subjects: Intercultural Capability / Chinese Second Language Learner

Cost: $11.50 per student

Freshly prepared takeaway food boxes served in a friendly Asian food court environment.