Make the most of your museum visit
Now that you have made a booking for your education program at the Abbey Museum, we suggest you prepare your students well.
We recommend you share the purpose of your museum visit with the students. Discuss the learning objectives, and establish some prior knowledge of the focus of the education program. The objectives may relate to historical knowledge and/or historical skills.
For our education officers to conduct the program you have chosen it is important that the accompanying teachers actively participate in the programs and that they actively supervise the behaviour of their students at all times.
During school terms it is likely that we will have other school groups, visiting public and presentations being conducted in the Museum galleries, students are asked to keep noise to an acceptable level and consider the impact of their behavior on other Abbey Museum visitors. In cases of deliberate or negligent damage by students to the Museum displays, digs or infrastructure the school will be held responsible.
Assistance from parents
Parents to help with supervision are welcome. Parents can accompany the students at no extra cost (for primary aged students we recommend one adult/parent per ten students).
Education programs at the Abbey Museum can accommodate a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 students. If your group numbers fall either side of this recommendation please contact the Museum directly on 54951652 to discuss options.
What students need to bring on their visit
As part of their experience at the Abbey Museum, students will be spending time outside.
Students need to:
- Wear covered outdoor shoes, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent
- Bring pencils and notebook
- Bring a water bottle (and perhaps a camera)
NB For the Year 4 First Contacts and Colonisation History long pants or jeans are highly recommended
Getting to the Abbey Museum
The Abbey Museum is located on the road from Caboolture to Bribie Island, between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Take Bribie Island exit 152 off the Bruce Highway. At approximately 4 kilometres along Bribie Island Road, turn left onto Old Toorbul Point Road and follow directions for parking.
Caboolture is 45 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and 30-45 minutes from the Sunshine Coast.
Arriving at the museum
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your experience and park your bus in the space provided.
Come to the front desk at the Museum, and your educator will be there to greet you.
We have no bag storage facilities at the Abbey Museum. Students can store their bags undercover at the entrance to the Abbey Museum or at the patio at the Abbey Hall, check with the staff as to where will be suitable for your group.
Supervision of students
Our education officers will instruct your students according to which program you have chosen; however, teachers still need to supervise their students. Please remember we may have other visitors in the Abbey Museum, and students should keep noise levels down and consider the impact of their behaviour on other Abbey Museum visitors.
Morning Tea and Lunch
The Abbey Museum is surrounded by pleasant grounds that provide a great setting for lunch and morning tea. We have no canteen or café facilities at the Museum, so students must bring their morning tea, lunch and water bottles.
No food or drinks are allowed inside the Museum.
We suggest a quick stop at the BP Travel Centres, located ten minutes south of the Abbey Museum, for school groups returning home after a great day at the Abbey Museum.
Male, female and disabled toilets are located just outside the Abbey Museum and are easily accessible.
All areas and entrances in the Museum are wheelchair accessible. There is an extensive network of pathways and shade covers over our outdoor learning areas.
Click here to find your copy of the Abbey Museum School Program Risk Assessments
As parts of your education experiences at the Abbey Museum may be outdoors, wet weather may require a change in the schedule or activities. If it is raining, please contact the Abbey Museum before arriving.