Museo Italiano is a great place for a school excursion – a must for Italian language classes and also of interest to senior History and English students. The aim of Museo Italiano is to display and interpret the experience of Italians who journeyed to Australia and settled in Victoria. The exhibition explores the themes of Departures, Making Lives, Settlement, Interactions, Identity and a timeline that puts into context the world events alongside Australian events and the Italian–Australian events in Victoria.
Staff-led and self-guided tours
Staff-led programs are offered in Italian and in English for students studying Italian and English. School groups may also book self-guided visits. Education materials are available for preparation, self-guiding (if applicable) and follow-up activities for all year levels.
For Years 4–10
'La storia in valigia' is a student-centred workshop led by Museo Italiano education staff which explores the stories of Italian migrants and their contribution.
For VCE students
For advanced Italian language students, Museo Italiano staff present an introduction in Italian to the Museo Italiano permanent exhibition, with a focus on the contribution and identity of Italians in Victoria. Following the presentation, students visit the exhibition and are encouraged to complete Museo Italiano activities on the day of the visit.
For senior History and English students, Museo Italiano staff present an introduction in English to the museum collections with an emphasis on the theme of identity and the history of migration. Following the presentation, students visit the exhibition and are encouraged to complete Museo Italiano activities on the day of the visit.
Prepare your visit
Download the Teacher notes document which contains important information on how to prepare your class for the visit to the museum and how to use the accompanying educational material.
Accompanying educational material*
|Year levels||Material for self-guided visits||Material for staff-led visits|
|Years 4–7 (in Italian)||Download kit (zip)||Download kit (zip)|
|Years 8–10 (in Italian)||Download kit (zip)||Download kit (zip)|
|VCE Italian language students (in Italian)||Download kit (zip)||Download kit (zip)|
|VCE History/English students (in English)||Download kit (zip)||Download (pdf)|
* NOTE: Where indicated the material will be downloaded as a .zip (archive) file. For Windows, unzip the contents of the zipped folder, by pressing and holding (or right-clicking) the folder, selecting Extract All, and then following the instructions. For Mac, simply double click the zip file.