Budding artists and scientists will have plenty to investigate these Autumn School Holidays (5 April – 16 April 2021) at the Australian Museum (AM).

The Autumn School Holidays line up features onsite and online AM activities to inspire the next generation including photography and illustration workshops as well as the ever popular “Scientist for a Day” program.

Cordelia Hough, Creative Producer of Family and Children’s Programs said, “We are so excited to present our new school holidays program for Autumn. Children from six to 16 years can join our AM experts for a variety of workshops that will thrill and expand their young minds before the new school term begins.”

“From learning about some of the world’s most beautiful ‘ugly’ creatures and how to draw them, capturing nature’s best angle with a professional photographer, to becoming a snail and slug expert, the AM’s Autumn School Holidays Program has a unique selection of activities for all to enjoy.”

“Alongside our special exhibition Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year and permanent crowd favourites such as Surviving Australia –uncovering the secrets of Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife – there is so much for families to do and see these Autumn School Holidays.”

Spanning science, art and nature, the Autumn School Holidays program includes:

FREE with Creative Kids voucher or $80 per child (AM Members); $100 (non-Members)

  • Nature Photography for Children and Teens
    Young people from eight to 16 years old can learn how to capture nature’s best angles with a series of fun photography challenges using their own camera, smartphone or tablet with expert Tom Covell. Onsite workshops include a visit to the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition for inspiration. These hands-on workshops are available onsite at the AM and online. At the AM – Ages 8-12: Wed 7 April, 10:30am-12:30pm. Ages 13-16 years; Wed, 7 April, 2-4pm. Online – Ages 8-16 years: Thurs, 8 April, 10:30-11:30am.

FREE with Creative Kids voucher or $80 per child (for AM Members) / $100 (for non-Members)

  • ‘Ugly’ Animals Scientific Illustration Workshop with Sami Bayly
    Art and science collide in this wonderous workshop led by award-winning scientific illustrator, Sami Bayly. From goblin sharks to the blobfish, delve into the world of the ‘Uglies’ and discover why they look the way they do. Includes individual art kits. At the AM – Ages 6-12 years: Tues 6 April, 10:30am-12:30pm & 2-4pm.

$100 per child for AM Members or $125 for non-Members

  • Scientist for a Day: Malacologist
    Drop off a child in the morning and pick up a scientist in the afternoon! Budding scientists can explore the Museum’s amazing malacology (mollusc) collection with the help of the AM’s resident malacologists. Snugs, snails, and squids! Oh, my! At the AM – Ages: 8-12: Wed 14 April, 9:30am-4pm. Thurs 15 April, 9:30am-4pm.


  • Prehistoric Playground
    The AM is a great stomping ground for dinosaur buffs.Children of all ages can excavate and clean a real 75-million-year-old Centrosaurus fossil, discover which plants and animals once inhabited a Jurassic swamp only a few hours from Sydney, as well as colour their dinosaur and see it come to life on a 9m projection screen. Visitors can also learn how feathers and wings have evolved for flight by making their own aerodynamic paper planes and helicopters.  All welcome. Open daily 10am — 4:30pm.
  • Early Birds: Autism and Sensory-Friendly Mornings
    Early Birds provides a sensory-friendly, relaxed, and supportive environment to explore prior to the AM opening to the public. This can make visiting the AM easier for visitors on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities, or other access requirements, together with their family and friends. Ages All Ages: Sat 10 April, 8am-10am.

For more information and to book tickets, visit: https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/

What: Autumn School Holidays program at the AM
When: Monday, 5 April – Friday, 16 April 2021
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010 and Online at https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/

APPLY for a Creative Kids Voucher HERE