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  • The Nature and Development of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Nature and Development of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Key information
Cost $15/student Duration 3 hours Supervision ratios The supervision ratio is 1:20 for secondary groups. Teachers attend free of charge. Curriculum links Stage 5 History, Core Study 4: Rights and Freedoms (1945-present)
Stage 6 HSC Legal Studies, Core Study - Human Rights
About the program:

This three-hour program focuses on the nature and development of human rights through a consideration of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the immediate context of the Holocaust and World War II. Centred on the Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Holocaust and Human Rights, students will contemplate the creation of the Declaration as a reflection of changing values and ethical standards as well as the implementation of this non-legal document in protecting human rights in the contemporary world.

The program includes:

  • Interactive seminar with a Museum educator
  • First-hand testimony from a survivor of human rights violations
  • Guided tour of the Museum

Please note, this seminar can also be booked in conjunction with the Rule of Law Institute’s “Law Day Out”. To book a “Law Day Out” please request a booking here.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to process bookings online. To book, please contact our bookings team at or phone (02) 9360 7999.

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Plan your visit

On the day

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time and assemble students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road.
  • Note that the museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring large backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat before or after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.


  • We strive to make our programs accessible and inclusive to students of all needs and abilities. Please advise us if you have any additional needs for your visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.


  • An invoice will be sent after your visit, unless organised otherwise.

Confirmation of numbers

  • All bookings must confirm any changes to student numbers 7 days prior to the visit in writing, or original booking numbers will be charged in full.

Cancellations and booking changes

  • Changes and cancellations including dates, times and student numbers must be made in writing.
  • Each booking is permitted two changes at no cost. Each additional change over and above these two changes will incur a $30 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made within 7 working days of the scheduled booking will be charged in full.

Risk assessment

Please click here for our risk assessment.

Pre and post visit lesson plans

Our Educators have created activities and resources for teachers to use to engage students before and after their visit to the Museum.

Click here to download the pre and post visit lesson plans.

Complimentary programs
Joint Program with the Rule of Law Institute

This joint program with the Rule of Law Institute allows students to delve into both of their core Legal Studies units, Crime and Human Rights, in a full-day program.

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