All visitors are required to wear a mask at The Workshops Rail Museum and Queensland Museum. Children under 12 years and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt. Learn more.

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.
Another option to inform teachers about the Museum, its experiences and site is the downloadable Teacher Guide (4228 KB) pdf document icon (updated 2019).

Planning your learning experience

Bookings are essential for all schools and groups. For more information contact our Bookings Officer on (07) 3432 5100 Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm.

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.

School Programs led by museum staff will be available in scheduled blocks for the remainder of 2020 ($6.00 per student, supervising adults free). Terms 3 and 4 dates are available here.


Entry is free for Queensland school students during Queensland school hours. Some value-added experiences incur a small charge per student. These experiences are pre-booked and scheduled with your visit itinerary. Schools are invoiced post-visit for your convenience.

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

Adult/child ratio

Number of children
Prep Years 1 to 6  Years 7 to 10
Years 11 to 12 Children with special needs
1 adult free for every 3 5  10 15 1

Group size

Maximum group size depends on which exhibitions or student programs you are booking.

To align with Queensland Government’s COVID-safe Roadmap, there will be restrictions to maximum group sizes to allow for social distancing and the capacity limits of exhibitions and spaces. This will be discussed in more detail with you by our Bookings Officer.

Length of visit

The Museum will be opened from 9:30am to 4pm. Your length of visit will depend on which area(s) of the Museum you will be visiting and if you are selecting a facilitated learning program. 

A detailed itinerary will be created for each individual group by the Bookings Officer.

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.


Conditions of Entry:

Schools and groups must supply an accurate record of the names of every person attending on the day. A contact form for all students/children will be sent to your booking contact prior to your visit. An updated hard copy record of this must be brought with you on the day and provided to the Museum on entry. All adults (parents, carers and teachers) entering the campus will be required to fill out the individual Contact Form (49 KB) pdf document icon, available to print and complete before the visit, or available on entry.

Schools and groups will enter the Museum through the ticket office. We ask that you to arrive 15 minutes ahead of any pre-booked experiences. Make contact with the Visitor Services Officer at the entrance to the Museum on arrival. They will confirm the details on your visit and assist you with any questions you may have.

For more information about our conditions of entry please click here

Storage of school bags

School bags, small eskies and lunches can be stored in the bag store trolleys available on request. Please note the handling and storage of personal items will be conducted by students and teachers. Staff will not be handling any personal items.

No responsibility will be taken for loss of valuables.

Supervision of students

You will be required to divide your students into small, supervised groups and explore our free exhibitions at your leisure.

Teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for the supervision of their group members while visiting and must remain with them at all times. Please move around the museum in smaller groups as instructed, to ensure social distancing from other visitors is observed. 

Signage will indicate capacity limits for each exhibition or space inside the museum. Visitor Services Officers are available to assist visitor flow, however, it is the responsibility of group supervisors to ensure that their group itineraries and allocated time limits are observed.

Moving around the Museum

Groups are asked to observe social distancing with respect to visitors, when using the stairs or ramps and entering exhibition pods.  Signage and alcohol-based hand sanitiser available to help you to practice social distancing and good hygiene.

We ask that groups consider other Museum visitors. Please observe social distancing and keep noise levels down in public galleries.

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, Museum Shop, Sciencentre and enclosed exhibition pods. Nippers Playground is closed until further notice.

Download our map featuring themed zones of museum galleries (helpful for adult supervisors and students) 

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.

Please ensure all students bring a water bottle as our water bubblers are currently closed.

Our Trackside Cafe can provide meals for booked groups. Social distancing limits will apply. Please maintain a safe distance of 1.5m between one another while in the cafe.


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.

We can only let a few people into our toilet facilities at the one time.  Please be patient and give priority to people with special needs and adhere to signage regarding capacity limits.

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.

Some exhibits have timed or movement-activated sounds and other effects. Please ask about these when making your booking if you have students sensitive to stimuli.

Risk assessment

Download our Risk Assessment guidelines for schools and groups.Risk Assessment for schools (382 KB) pdf document icon.