Museums inspire powerful and identity-building learning in children, young people and community members.
• provide sensory active learning environments;
• inspire learners across all age ranges;
• are sites of enhanced achievement, going beyond what learners think they can do;
• stimulate vulnerable pupils and those that find learning difficult;
• provide resources for all curriculum areas;
• respond effectively to primary and secondary curricula and;
• complement formal education.
Orange Regional Museum embeds learning in all exhibitions and programs. The Museum offers learning opportunities for all ages and abilities.
Orange Regional Museum offers a range of learning programs for all ages. Our school programs are curriculum linked and designed to provide students with a hands on understanding of the history and landscape of Orange, the region and Australia.
Sessions include tours, worksheets and workshops; all curriculum linked and relevant for year groups. Workshops emphasize continuity and change, cause and effect, and significance. A range of teachers’ resources and local historical information can be found via the resources tab.
School groups can also visit Wentworth Main Mine for curriculum programs, specifically relevant to stage 1-3 history.
How to book
Complete the form below and the Museum will be in contact to confirm options for your group. Download the risk assessment form.
Education kits are available free of charge for local schools to explore the rich heritage of Orange. Kits can be borrowed by schools for a two-week loan period, alternatively a Museum staff member can visit your school to deliver programs connected to the kits.
To book a kit please contact Orange Regional Museum.
Available education kits
History in a Box: Orange 1873
Explore Orange in 1873 through images from the Holtermann Collection.
Suitable for stage 1-3 local history units
The kit includes: Four pop-up display banners featuring eight images of Orange in 1873; one pop-up banner with a timeline of Orange from earliest settlement to the 1880s; two copies of each image A3 size on board; copies of each image location as it appears today; short History of Orange Learning Resource; activity list for teachers to use with materials and; a USB with digital copies of images.
History in a Box: Building Orange
Discover some of Orange’s most significant buildings by constructing them in miniature.
Featured buildings: Old Town Hall, Memorial Hall, Court House, Dalton Bros. store, Post Office, Holy Trinity Church, Orange Public School, Strand Theatre and Duntryleague.
Suitable for early stage 1 – stage 1
The kit includes: display boards with eight image outlines of historic building; building blocks for group to construct buildings; two copies of each buildings on A3 card with captions; booklet with historical information about each building and; an activity list for teachers to use with materials.
Sir Neville Howse Award VC
This Award is available to each High School in the Orange Local Government area. It recognises students who have an understanding of conservation, preservation and education of Heritage in Australia including the Orange area.
Neville Howse Award [.pdf]
Isabel and Stuart Douglas History Award
This award is open to all children attending NSW Government and Catholic primary schools within the Orange City Council Local Government. Each School may submit one entry. Students can submit stories, short film, diorama, model, debate or essay.
Isabel and Stuart Award [.pdf]
Plan your visit
Opening Hours: 9am-4pm daily (excluding 25 Dec)
- Groups of more than 10 people should contact the museum prior to their visit.
- There is no admission cost to enter Orange Regional Museum.
Bathrooms including disabled and baby changing facilities are provided on site.
Groundstone Cafe is located next to the Museum and is open from 7.30am – 3.30pm daily. Group bookings available. P: (02) 6394 6386
Short-term parking is available in front of the Museum on Byng Street. Parking for larger vehicles, caravans and buses is on Peisley Street. Long-term parking is available in a carpark near the Museum and can be accessed off Lords Place.
Orange Regional Museum is fully accessible for prams and wheel chairs. A courtesy wheelchair available for use. Please contact us on (02) 6393 8444 for further information.