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School tours and visits

Young girl participating in a school visit of Cooks Cottage.
History comes alive at Cooks' Cottage, with an interactive, fun and inspiring education program designed to complement school curriculum.

Students will experience the rich history of Cooks' Cottage and learn the significance of this important heritage and cultural site.

School groups can take part in a facilitated education program, or receive discounted entry when opting for a self-guided visit.

Learning modules

These modules are most suitable for primary school students. They are available Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm (excluding public holidays).

Sessions include two of the below modules plus a short introduction. They run for 45 minutes and begin at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm and 1pm.

A minimum of 15 students are required (maximum 40). Schools can book more than one session to accommodate larger groups, or to experience all four learning modules.

Module 1: Captain Cook's treasure chest

This module encourages enquiry-based learning, stimulating discussion about artefacts connected to Captain Cook and an account of his first voyage to Australia using an interactive map.

Module 2: Travel back in time

Students explore Cooks' Cottage and the garden to find answers related to various eighteenth century characters, concluding in a race with an old-fashioned twist.

Module 3: Edible or poisonous?

Students take to the cottage garden, which is filled with herbs and vegetables, and use an interactive board to identify weird and wonderful recipes, remedies and concoctions from the eighteenth century.

Module 4: Let's play dress up

This fun-filled activity enhances students' knowledge about eighteenth-century fashion and lifestyle, pitting two teams against each other to dress mannequins in century-old style.

Guided tours

Guided tours are most suitable for secondary school and tertiary students. They are available Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm (excluding public holidays).

Tours run for up to 45 minutes and start at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm and 1pm. A minimum of 15 students are required (maximum 40).

Tour 1: Cooks' Cottage tour (30 mins)

Take a trip into the past. This guided tour includes the history of Cooks' Cottage and how it came to be in Melbourne, explains what life was like in the 18th century, and shares the incredible voyages and life of Captain James Cook. Includes entry to Cooks' Cottage.

Tour 2: Fitzroy Gardens heritage (45 mins)

Learn about the historic buildings and sculptures in the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, including Cooks' Cottage, the Conservatory, the Fairies Tree and the Model Tudor Village. Stroll through the majestic avenues of English elms, discover native wildlife and soak up the beauty of the formal gardens. Includes entry to Cooks' Cottage.

Self-guided visits

Self-guided visits can be accommodated from Monday to Sunday between 9am and 4pm (allow at least half an hour for your visit).

A comprehensive fact sheet is provided to school groups visiting Cooks’ Cottage. This fact sheet can be returned to the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre at the end of the visit. A minimum of 8 students are required to be eligible for discounted entry (maximum 40).

Prices and bookings

Visit type Students Extra adult*
Learning modules (2) $5.20 $3.50
Learning modules (4) $10.30 $3.50
Tour 1 $5.20 $6.80
Tour 2 $7.70 $9
Self-guided visit $2.50 $3.50

*One teacher or supervising adult admitted free per 20 students. Additional adults charged as above.

Book a school tour or visit

Make a schools booking.

All school tours and visits (including self-guided) must be booked and paid for at least seven days in advance, and are subject to availability.

A proforma invoice will be sent with confirmation of your booking. Payment is due seven days prior to arrival at Cooks’ Cottage.

Please note: students must be supervised at all times. At least one teacher or supervising adult is required per 20 students.

To make an enquiry email cookscottage@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

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