Students of all ages can enjoy one of our facilitated education programs at the Old Melbourne Gaol, Pentridge Prison, Polly Woodside Tall Ship, Rippon Lea Estate, Como House or McCrae homestead.

We offer programs that cover a range of immersive learning experiences and discipline areas from history and humanities to maths and geography. See below for more information about program content, curriculum links and making bookings or download our program guide for more information.

All of our programs meet National and Victorian curriculum standards, include pre and post visit activities, as well as online resources and incursions to bring our education into your classroom. For more information on digital programs, contact us at or phone (03) 9656 9889.

We are deeply committed to the safety and well-being of all within our properties and through engagement in our education and outreach programs. Read more about our commitment to safeguarding and find copies of our policies here.




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Prep to Grade 6

We offer immersive and engaging learning experiences in a range of disciplines.



Year 7 to VCE

Our historic sites making learning a fun and interactive experience to remember.



Adult Learning

Join an informative guided tour, perfect for tertiary classes, groups and ESL students.


Professional Development

Trust Teacher Talks

Trust Teacher Talks is a fortnightly professional development series hosted by education experts from The National Trust of Australia (Victoria)


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Book your school visit

Simply fill in our online booking form with all of your details to make a booking request.

Booking Form Program Guide

Digital Resources

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3D Polly Woodside & Old Melbourne Gaol

Take a 3D virtual visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol or Polly Woodside Tallship without leaving the classroom.


Discover the Polly Woodside

Find out more about Polly Woodside and its history of voyages across the seas that led it from shipbuilding docks in Belfast to reside in Melbourne more than 130 years later.


McCrae Heritage at Your Touch

Take your students on a virtual tour of a real colonial house, meet the people who lived there and look at their belongings.


3D Court Room

Try visiting the interactive 3D Court Room to get an idea of how a real court case works.


History in Place

This program encourages students to visit a heritage site and produce their own video.


Gaol Resources

Learn more about why the gaol was built, who was sent there and how it was run.


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Digital Resources

Delve into the history of the National Trust of Victoria's properties with this suite of online resources.

Access the resources here

Students gained an insight into Melbourne's criminal past and what it would have been like to be a convicted criminal and the conditions that they faced. The court room drama gave students a real-life experience about what it would be like if that situation occurred.

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