Batmania! tour

Secondary students take a journey into the past to discover how Melbourne has changed over time.

Melbourne in the 1840s by Eleanor McGlinn c 1870s
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–VCE
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
100 students

In the Batmania! tour, students travel into the past to discover how Melbourne has changed over time. As they tour the Library's inspiring spaces and exhibitions, history is brought to life through paintings, artefacts and the building itself.

Students also gain an understanding of the Library's role in collecting and documenting Victoria's history, and experience first-hand our heritage building's unique architecture and legacy.

Student experience

Students will:

  • explore the Library, visiting the Cowen Gallery, Red Rotunda, La Trobe Reading Room and Changing face of Victoria exhibition
  • view artefacts, documents and other historical sources up close on a guided tour of the Library
  • learn about important historical figures from Victoria's past, such as John Batman, William Buckley and Ned Kelly

Curriculum information

This program links strongly to the Victorian Curriculum, history, and is relevant to Years 7–9.

Skills development

This program assists students to:

  • evaluate the historical significance of an event, idea, individual or place
  • sequence significant events in chronological order and identify the changes they brought about

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.