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© 2019 by Museum of Fire

1 Museum Drive, Penrith, NSW 

Tel (02) 4731 3000

School Education Programs

Museum of Fire: Bringing fire history to life!

The Museum of Fire’s dynamic and curriculum-linked school program provides awesome experiences for groups large and small.

 

With engines dating back to the early 1800’s the Museum of Fire stands as a fitting monument to the heroic firefighters who support our communities. The steam engines, horse drawn carts, manual pumps and modern motorized engines also highlight how transportation has changed over the years.

 

The Museum of Fire’s education program allows students from Preschool to Year 12 to see a wide variety of historic fire engines and to gain insights into the way the Fire Brigade has changed (and continues to change) lives.

Overview of Education Programs

The tour is suitable for infants, primary and high school students. Each excursion is an individual experience, and is tailored based on the age of the children, the topics being covered in class, and whether the visit is an introduction to a unit or the culmination of a unit of work. When you arrive, teachers and helpers will be provided with a structured timetable befor your visit.

 

Here is some information to help you in planning your visit. 

The Education Programs typically last about 4 hours, but they can be tailored to be as short or long as you need.

Planning Your Visit

The Museum is located about an hour west of Sydney, and makes for a great day visit, or stop-off destination on your way to/from the Blue Mountains.

Venue and Safety Information for Schools

The Museum has a general risk assessment which covers an excursion from our perspective, but all schools are legally required to complete their own.

 

You can find a copy of the venue and safety information by using this Venue and Safety Information for School Excursions pdf, or alternatively you can follow these steps to access it on the Department of Education intranet site:

  1. Go to NSW education department intranet

  2. Access on front page A-Z Directorate

  3. Select Work Health & Safety Directorate

  4. Main menu excursions and look for Museum of Fire 

Venue and Safety Information

How to Book

All groups visiting the Museum of Fire must book in advance.

Please note that the minimum number for an Education Program is 15 students.

 

Bookings can be made using this link, or on (02) 4731 3000

 

We are open 9:30am to 4:30pm all year round (except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year)

Cost

People in the Community and Bushfire Programs: $9 per student. This includes a Fire Safety Talk, Emergency Services role play experience, a teacher guided tour of the Museum and a ride on a Fire Engine.

Chemistry Program: $10 per student. 

Supervisor-to-Student Ratios

K-12 supervisor-to-student ratios are 1:10

Special Needs supervisor-to-student ratios are 1:4

 

For any group of ten students (K-12) one teacher or parent supervisor will be admitted to the Museum free of charge. For special needs groups one carer, teacher or parent supervisor will be admitted free of charge for every four students.

 

Any additional adult helpers are charged at $7 per person. If you require further confirmation of what your ratio allocation would be, please call the Museum on (02) 4731 3000.

Facilities
  • Free coffee and tea for all teachers and support staff

  • On Site Parking [including disabled parking]

  • Accessible toilets

  • Gift Shop

  • Picnic and playground facilities

 

Should you require any further information or assistance in planning your visit, please contact the Museum on (02) 4731 3000

People in the Community - Early Stage 1-Stage 2

This program engages students in learning about what Firefighters do and how they do their job. Students are encouraged to take part in a role play scenario which highlights the role of all emergency services and asks students to recall what they have learned about being helpers in the community, especially Firefighters.

Bushfires - Stage 3

This program discusses the impact of bushfires on the environment. Students are asked to think about how bushfires differ from fire within the built-up environment and discuss how we can prevent bushfires. Students also learn how fire can be good for the environment and how Aboriginal people use fire to shape their environment.

Chemistry - Stage 6

A fun change from the classroom, a visit to the Museum of Fire will enable students to gain a practical understanding of chemistry and how a member of society, the Firefighter, uses chemistry skills and knowledge to perform their job and keep the community safe.

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