Learning subsidy

Museums of History NSW is pleased to offer support to selected students to attend our learning programs.

MHNSW can provide:

  1. Subsidised transportation for students from disadvantaged NSW Government schools who attend curriculum-linked programs
  2. Free programs for students with specific access requirements from Schools for Special Purposes, Specialist Support Units and Independent Special Assistance Schools attending the Making Connections program.

All program subsidies are available for new enquiries. Subsidies cannot be applied retroactively to existing bookings made prior to 1 July 2021.


Transport subsidy

  • Eligible groups include all NSW Government primary and secondary schools receiving Resource Allocation Model funding with a Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI) of 100+.
  • MHNSW will subsidise the school’s transportation costs up to a maximum of $20 per student for each student who attends a curriculum-linked program at an MHNSW property.

Access subsidy

  • MHNSW fully subsidises program costs for the Making Connections program, currently available only at the Hyde Park Barracks. Please note that subsidy eligibility applies to school groups and not to individual students attending mainstream schooling.

How to apply

Before the excursion

Make a booking

  1. Choose your excursion from our website or discuss with the Bookings team.
  2. Then make a booking inquiry via our online booking forms (located on each program webpage) or email our Bookings team at bookings@mhnsw.au
  3. Identify your school’s intention to claim the relevant subsidy at the time of booking.
  4. Once your booking is received, our Bookings team will confirm the eligibility of the school and will contact the school to finalise the booking.

After the excursion

Claim the Transport Subsidy

  1. Make full payment for your students’ transport costs with your transport provider.
  2. Attend the excursion.
  3. Following the excursion, email our Bookings team with an invoice addressed to Museums of History NSW. This invoice needs to be generated by EdConnect and is for your transport costs (up to $20 per student). Please also provide documentation of the transport costs e.g. receipt from your transport provider.
  4. Our Bookings team will verify the number of students who attended the excursion and check the school’s invoice against these numbers.
  5. Please note that the transport subsidy can only be paid for the number of students that attended the excursion.

Claim the Access Subsidy – for a Making Connections program

  1. At time of booking the Bookings team will confirm your group's eligibility.
  2. Attend the excursion.
  3. Following the excursion, you will not need to make any payment for the program costs, as this will be automatically covered by the subsidy.

Terms & conditions

This subsidy is subject to availability of funds and may be discontinued at any time. Schools will be advised of changes to this subsidy program before their booking is confirmed.

Learning programs at Museums of History NSW

As a leading provider of Stages 1-6 curriculum-linked excursions, our programs are designed to create unforgettable learning experiences for all students across our museums, historic houses and gardens. View a full list of programs on our Learning Programs page.


If you would like further information about the learning subsidy or would like to discuss excursion options, please contact our Bookings team on bookings@mhnsw.au or 02 8239 2211.

A group of students and Sydney Living Museums curriculum program deliverer Hannah at the Old Dairy as part of the Early to Rise program at Rouse Hill Estate

Onsite programs

Our museums, historic houses and gardens are at the heart of every school interaction. We offer immersive, curriculum-linked excursions for Stages 1 to 6