First Peoples

F-10, Self-guided

Told through the voices of Victoria’s First Peoples, and utilising cutting-edge multimedia, Aboriginal language, artefacts and contemporary artworks, First Peoples tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today. The exhibition celebrates the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people.

First Peoples is co-curated by the Yulendj (“knowledge”) Group of Elders and community representatives from across Victoria together with Museum Victoria staff.

The exhibition has been designed with school audiences in mind. The stories that are told speak to the content of the AusVELS History curriculum (P-10), and the cross curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives is comprehensively addressed in this exhibition.

Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills can be enhanced through a visit to this exhibition.

A series of trails with focus questions that are relevant for each year level of AusVELS have been designed to facilitate a meaningful experience for your students. Students are encouraged to Look, Listen and Feel the stories of the first peoples. Teachers can allocate specific sections for small groups to focus on using the trail as a guide.

The trails include follow up activities back at school. Download the relevant guide for your group.

Review selected objects from Many Nations that feature in the exhibition trails 

ResourceYear LevelPDF Link
Teachers Guide 1-10 500 KB
Exhbition Trail 1-2 604 KB
Exhbition Trail 3-4 727 KB
Exhbition Trail 5-6 813 KB
Exhbition Trail 7-8 766 KB
Exhbition Trail 9-10 768 KB

Available Terms 1-4
Cost: education service fee.

Students can also elect to do the Koorie Guide to Melbourne Museum program.