AARNet and National Museum of Australia join forces to grow virtual tour program

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NMA Museum Robot program

AARNet and the National Museum of Australia (NMA) today announced a new partnership to develop and extend the reach of the Museum Robot program.

The partnership will make the NMA’s unique immersive virtual tours available to AARNet-connected schools as well as teacher training programs across Australia.

AARNet CEO Chris Hancock says today’s students love technology and integrating technology in education every day helps students stay engaged and prepares them for the future.

“Technology is developing at breakneck speed and this is a great example of AARNet supporting projects that bring high-quality content providers and schools together to create new teaching and learning experiences using the latest technologies,” he says.

This partnership marks a new phase in the award-winning Museum Robot project, which originated from an Australian government-funded collaboration between the National Museum and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

CSIRO developed the mobile telepresence technology that today enables visitors to tour seven galleries encompassing the history and culture of Australia from the early years to the present. Visitors remotely manipulate the robot ‘s 360-degree panoramic camera to interact with displays and talk with educators in real-time using a web browser over a high-speed broadband connection.

“This is an innovative student-directed real-time program that requires a reliable high-bandwidth low-latency network to deliver the immersive learning experience,” says Hancock.

Robert Bunzli, NMA’s Education Special Projects Manager says the Museum is increasingly developing online experiences to extend access to the collections and the stories they tell to regional and remote communities.

“The program will also appeal to pre-service teaching students at universities by offering them new ways to engage in Australian social history and access the Museum’s extensive teaching resources that support the Australian Curriculum,” he says.


Book a Museum Robot tour

It is not too late for schools to book an end-of-year virtual tour of the National Museum. Morning and afternoon sessions can be scheduled to suit class times. 

Tour Dates

Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 November

Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 December

To book your tour, please contact:


Media contacts

Jane Gifford/AARNet

+61 2 9779 6960


Judith Dahl-Taylor/National Museum of Australia

+61 2 6208 5157

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