Please note – ACT COVID guidelines restrict numbers on any tour to 20 maximum until further notice.

The National Capital Authority offers five on site programs delivered over a variety of locations. Four of these programs are available online. All on site programs are presented by our staff, however, supervision of students remains with teachers and carers. Programs are tailored to year level, deliver learning outcomes and are aligned to the Australian Curriculum (PACER approved programs). 

Use the Book Canberra Excursions booking platform to book all on site and online school and non-school groups (adult social groups). You will need to register and login.

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The National Capital Authority, in partnership with other Canberra cultural institutions, offers an online booking platform: Book Canberra Excursions, allowing tour companies, schools and social groups to explore a range of programs seeing availability online in real time, making it easy to coordinate bookings and schedule itineraries. For a list of participating partners visit National Capital Educational Tourism Project.

Education programs

National Capital Exhibition

National Capital Exhibition 

The Griffin Mission: Education Program (Available on site and online)

  • The National Capital Exhibition tells the story of Canberra, from pre-history through to present day
  • Maximum of 90 students on site from one school only on weekdays due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • 45 minute program (1 teacher per 30 students required)
  • Weekends: maximum 30 students per hour

Blundells Cottage

Blundells Cottage

A Cottage in the Capital  (Available on site)

Visitors learn about the history of a cottage that has had the national capital grow around it. The site has been curated to create an immersive atmosphere, covering four families in different eras.

  • COVID-19 restrictions apply

Home for History  (Currently only available online)

Students explore the cottage and its surrounds, engaging with hands-on objects gaining an insight into how family life has changed over time. This program is designed for lower to mid-primary groups.

Educational Guided Walks

Anzac Parade

Anzac Parade

How We Remember (Available on site and online)

Students unpack the symbolism of these memorials and how Australia has chosen to honour conflict, service and sacrifice. 

  • Maximum 60 students on site
  • Visits four memorials
  • 60 minute program (1 teacher per 30 students required)

Reconciliation Place

Reconciliation Place

Our Shared Journey (Available on site and online)

This series of public artworks explore what Reconciliation means and why it is an important part of our past and future. Participants will explore public artworks and reflect on events, people and concepts that are a part of our shared journey.

  • Maximum 60 students on site
  • visits 10 artworks
  • 60 minute program (1 teacher per 30 students required)

Lake Walk

Lake Burley Griffin 

From Paddock to Lake (Available on site)

Students learn about the Griffin design for our National Capital, exploring concepts such as garden city design, town planning and the land and water axis.

  • Maximum 60 students on site
  • 60 minute program (1 teacher per 30 students required)

The National Capital ExhibitionAnzac Parade and Reconciliation Place are accessible to wheelchairs.

For more information, please contact the team at the National Capital Exhibition on (02) 6272 2902 or


COVID-19 Protocols for School Excursion

The National Capital Exhibition abides by the guidelines for excursions developed for the National Capital Education Tourism Project. We cannot accept school visits without the required paperwork.

How your visit has changed:

  • Only one school will be booked into the exhibition space per hour but we can accommodate up to 90 students from that school
  • All students and teachers are required to sanitise hands upon arrival and wear a mask when in the building
  • Usual entry remains the same but the exit is now via the lake side of the building
  • No ‘hands on’ element to the program – a classroom resource has been developed to consolidate learning from the excursion and provide a creative, post-visit activity. It is available here.
  • Program is 45 minutes duration to allow for cleaning surfaces between bookings
  • Please do not bring school bags into the building

Quality Tourism Accredited Business
As part of the National Capital Authority (NCA), the National Capital Exhibition complies with the high standards set by the Australian Tourism Industry Council in its management of NCA Attractions, visitors and staff and has therefore been recognised as an accredited tourism business.

NCAA Tourism 2019 Winner Tourism Visitor Education
The NCA is also the proud recipient of the Tourism Visitor Education category award at the 2019 Canberra Region Tourism Awards.