Planning your school visit

What you need to know to plan your school visit to the Museum.

Pre-excursion teacher visit

We offer FREE entry for Queensland teachers all year to familiarise yourself with the Museum for an excursion with your class. For free entry, just show your teacher ID and sign-up to our Education ENews. Entry prices apply for family members and accompanying guests.

Planning your learning experience

You can divide your students into small, supervised groups and explore any of our exhibitions at your leisure. You can also use our free downloadable school excursion resources as part of your visit.

Cost

Entry is free for Queensland schools students during Queensland schools hours.

Non-Queensland school students visiting as part of a school group and all school group visits outside Queensland schools hours are admitted at $9 per student.

Adult/child ratio

Number of children
Prep Years 1 to 7 Years 8 to 12 Children with special needs
1 adult FREE for every 5 10 15 1

Group size

There is no minimum or maximum school group size for general Museum entry. For facilitated programs the maximum size will vary from 1 to 2 classes depending on the program selected.

Length of visit

Visit length depends on what you plan to do on your visit, but we recommend allocating between 2½ and 3½ hours to view our exhibitions and to go on a Heritage Railway Workshops Tour. Allow time for a break before or after your visit. Facilitated programs range from 40 to 75 minutes.

We are open 9.30am - 4pm daily and closed ANZAC Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Getting here

The Workshops Rail Museum is located at North Street, North Ipswich.

By bus

Set down in North Street, just outside our entrance. Bus parking is on North Street.

By train

Get off at Ipswich station and catch the 515 bus to the Museum.

By car

Parking is free and is the car park is approximately 50 metres from the Museum entrance.

Arriving

Make contact with the Visitor Services Officer at the entrance to the Museum. They will confirm the details on your visit and assist you with any questions you may have.

If you have booked a Heritage Railway Workshops Tour at the start of your visit, please arrive 15 minutes prior to ensure you have enough time before the tour starts. Enclosed footwear is required for this tour.

Storage of school bags

School bags, small eskies and lunches can be stored in the bag store trolleys available on request.

Supervision of students

Group supervisors are responsible for the supervision of students and children while in the Museum and should remain with their students at all time.

Please allow only small, supervised groups of students into the Trackside Cafe and Museum Shop and to make use of the Nippers Railway indoor playground.

Moving around the Museum

The Museum is designed to engage children but please remember there are other visitors in the Museum and we ask that students please keep noise levels down and consider the impact of their behaviour on other Museum visitors.

We encourage supervisors to make use of the indoor playground, Nippers Railway, and the Museum grounds as part of your visit.

Lunch & refreshments

You are welcome to bring morning tea or lunch and eat in the Museum grounds or in the Moving Goods exhibition space which is undercover. You cannot eat or drink inside the Museum unless you have specific medical needs.

Our School booking form has lunch and refreshment options available.

Toilets

On your arrival, toilets are in the Ticket Office building. Toilets are also available in the Museum building (behind the Temporary Exhibition pod) and at the Trackside Café.

Visitors with individual needs

We aim to provide equitable access to all visitors. All entrances and areas are wheelchair accessible. Disabled toilet facilities are located at the Ticket Office, Museum building & Trackside Cafe. For more information see information for visitors with individual needs or phone us on (07) 3432 5100.

Risk assessment

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