Franklin River Workshop

Onsite experience


$5 per student, accompanying teachers free

Students will explore conservation issues as they examine objects that uncover both sides of the Franklin River debate. 

In either the historic House of Representatives or Senate chamber – the very spaces that the original debates happened – students will role-play the World Heritage Properties Conservation Bill 1983 debates.

Students will:

  • work in small groups to conduct a hands-on investigation into the arguments for and against the damming of the river
  • present their findings to the whole group
  • read historic Hansard documents and participate in a debate on the issue
  • contribute their own ideas to the debate.

Key information

All onsite excursions need to be booked in advance. To protect our heritage building, self-guided groups are not permitted.

For information about getting to the museum, facilities, access and supervision ratios visit the Plan a school visit page.

60 minutes


If you're travelling over 150 km to visit Canberra you may be eligible for the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate. Your PACER application must be submitted 3 weeks prior to your visit and you are required to complete a one-hour facilitated program.

We will complete your PACER paperwork after checking how many students attend the program. We're unable to complete this without seeing the group. You will receive an invoice after your visit based on how many students attend the program.

Please email or call 02 6270 8222 with any changes or cancellations.

Check our Terms and conditions for information about changing or cancelling programs.