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

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 in 2020 and are available Wed-Thur for the remainder of 2019 ($6.00 per student, supervising adults free).


Entry is free for Queensland schools students during Queensland schools 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 schools 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

A minimum of 10 students comprise a group. Facilitated programs are typically offered in class -sized rotations.
Groups opting for a self-led visit are advised to move through the Museum in small groups with an adult supervisor to avoid congestion.

Length of visit

Visit length depends on what you plan to do on your visit, and your group size.

Allow time for a break before or after your visit, but please attend any booked experiences at the scheduled time.

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.


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 School Program or event as part of your visit, please be on site a minimum of 15 minutes before it is scheduled to commence. 

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, Museum Shop, Sciencentre and 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.
Download our maps prepared especially for school visitors. 

  • 1-sided map featuring themed zones of museum galleries (helpful for adult supervisors and students) 
  • 2-sided map featuring themed zones of museum galleries and grounds and site (helpful for bus drivers, adult supervisors, those who may be driving and student projects referencing the grounds of this historical site)

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 Trackside Cafe can provide meals for booked groups. See the School booking form for the lunch and refreshment options available.


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.

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

Risk assessment

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