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Health and safety guidelines

The following is designed to help teachers complete Risk Management Statements for a Museum excursion.

Ideally teachers should visit the Museum prior to bringing their class to familiarise themselves with the Museum and its "hazards".

The Museum takes health and safety seriously and is a safe place to visit.  Our policy is to identify, eliminate or mitigate hazards as they become apparent.

School visit safety guidelines


Students should be advised of the appropriate behaviour for a museum visit. In particular we request students to walk only and speak in a quiet voice. Stairs, hard floor surfaces, and the corners of showcases and displays represent the most common hazards.

Accompanying adults

The Museum requires that students be accompanied by supervising adults with the minimum ratio of of 1:3 for ECE, 1:6 Years 1-4, 1:7 Years 5 and 6, 1:10 Years 7 and 8, and 1:30 for Years 9-13. Students are to remain in these groups with their accompanying adult at all times. Supervising adults should be advised of their responsibilities and the behaviour to expect from their students. Help these adults by advising them on how to make the visit an effective teaching / learning experience.

Accompanying adults are responisible for ensuring that:

  • They provide active supervision: stay in close proximity and to be able to provide immediate assistance or direction to students
  • Students do not eat or drink in galleries
  • Students behave in an appropriate manner
  • Their group is in the correct venue on time and not in unbooked areas
  • Their students do not go into Weird and Wonderful or Volcanoes gallery unless booked. A general tour does not include these areas

Please be considerate of other pre-booked groups in a gallery.


Parents or guardians shall provide supervision and care for children under the age of 14 while attending the Museum. The Museum does not accept responsibility for any children left unattended. Students remain the responsibility of their teachers and accompanying parents at all times.

Food and drink

The consumption of food and drink in gallery spaces is not allowed at all and we ask that you strictly observe this rule as it is stated part of our conditions of entry.

School bags

There is limited bag storage at the South entrance. Space is limited and we ask that if at all possible bags be left back at school or on the bus.

First aid

First Aid kits are held in the cloakroom, in the Stevenson’s Discovery Centre and in the Learning Labs. These are inspected regularly as part of the Museum safety programme. A room is available for students who become ill but they will need to have an adult remain with them. A staff member in each area is trained in First Aid.


Emergency signals are by alarms and intercom. Museum staff are trained in emergency and evacuation procedures. Some displays have audible alarms triggered by intrusion or inappropriate use.


Visitor Hosts are in attendance throughout the galleries. They are equipped with radios and are trained to deal with emergencies.


Recorded video surveillance operates throughout the Museum.


Telephones are available for emergency use in the cloakroom, the Stevenson's Discovery Centre and at the Information Desks.