Whose place?

About the program

During this thought-provoking and engaging program, students learn that the Museum of Sydney is built over the site of first Government House, from where Arthur Phillip governed the young colony of NSW. This place was also a site of contact between the British and Aboriginal people, where Arabanoo, Colebee and Bennelong were kept against their will and where Bennelong later returned with his wife to dine with the Governor.

Students are guided through the museum spaces and participate in structured learning activities that help them to identify different points of view and explain why people in the past may have behaved as they did. They analyse artworks and displays of artefacts, handle objects, and work in small groups to learn about Aboriginal people’s experiences before and after the arrival of Europeans. They also listen to a re-telling of the story of the spearing of Phillip by Willemering and develop the skill of empathetic understanding as they play a game that demonstrates the challenges of communicating without a shared language.

Key information


Museum of Sydney
Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney NSW 2000
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211

Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students

90 minutes

Session offered
Monday to Friday

Maximum students
60 per session

Supervision ratios
The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge

Additional visitor costs
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12