Planning your Visit

Booking your visit

Bookings are essential for all schools and groups, including self-guided visits.

Please complete a booking request form with three preferences for your excursion dates and times. Your booking will be confirmed via email within three working days.

Please note that a purchase order number or payment method is required to make your booking.

Costs

Program

Cost per Student

Responding to Art Tours

60 min facilitated tour
(year 3 & above)
$7 (minimum $70)
45 min facilitated tour
(kindergarten to year 2)
$7 (minimum $70)

Inside the Museum

120 min facilitated tour
(VCE Studio Arts students)
$30 (minimum $300)

Making Art Tours & Workshops

120 min facilitated tour and workshop (year 3 & above)$20 (minimum $200)
90 min min facilitated tour and workshop
(kindergarten to year 2)
$20 (minimum $200)

Self-guided tours

Self-guided exhibition tour$7 (minimum $70)
Self-guided garden/sculpture park tourFREE (does not include museum admission)

Teachers and supervising adults for booked groups are free, additional adults are required to purchase admission.

Group size and supervision of students

Teachers and supervising adults are required to remain with students at all times during your visit.

Self-guided groups:

Self-guided groups require enough supervising adults to enable the students to move around in small groups.
Students must be accompanied in exhibitions at all times.
Adult supervision is required at all times with the following student:adult ratios:

  • Years F-2 8:1
  • Years 3-6 12:1
  • Years 7-12 16:1
  • Tertiary 25:1

Heide Education programs:

We request that no more than two adults accompany each group of up to 15 students during their tour and/or workshop.
Additional adults are welcome to explore the Sculpture Park and Gardens or to purchase admission to visit the exhibitions independently.
Your booking confirmation will state how many supervising adults have been included in your program booking. Please allow only small, supervised groups of students into the Heide store and Café Heide.

Length of visit

Education programs vary from 45 – 120 minutes and can be booked from 10am, when the museum opens. If your group arrives before 10am you can go for a walk around the Sculpture Park, have a snack and use the toilet facilities in the upper carpark.

Many groups opt to stay onsite all day for lunch and to explore the Sculpture Park and Gardens. If you have booked a self-guided visit in the afternoon, please observe appropriate group supervision.

Program schedule

Generally, facilitated programs are offered for one class at a time. In the instance of multiple classes, we make every attempt to secure additional staff for concurrent delivery but this cannot be guaranteed and the tour may need to be scheduled over the duration of your visit. Exact sessions times will be determined on the day according to the number of education staff available and when possible students will be divided into smaller groups.

Traveling to Heide

Please see our Plan your Visit page

Bus/Coach Parking

The car parks at Heide are not suitable for large buses so we advise bus and coach drivers to park in the bays on Templestowe Road, immediately preceding the entrance to the museum at 7 Templestowe Road (alongside the picket fence).

Arriving and Cloaking

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your allocated session start time, to take care of registration, cloaking and bathroom visits.
A small bag room is available for school groups. If you wish to use this facility, the key can be collected from the Heide III information desk upon arrival and returned at the end of the day.

Toilets

Toilets are accessible in the upper carpark, the Central Galleries and at Café Heide.

Lunch and refreshments

Lunch can be eaten in the Sculpture Park and in the nearby Banksia Park picnic shelters. In the event of wet weather we do our best to find somewhere for school groups to eat their lunch, but this cannot be guaranteed.