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St John's Schoolhouse Museum

We welcome school groups and others, by arrangement. See Phone contacts.
Teacher Mr McDonald with his class 1902-3
St John's Schoolhouse Museum exterior, including the original schoolroom and residence.. The
Edmund Blacket tower and spire seen through western lychgate
St John's Churchyard
We welcome school groups and others, by arrangement. See Phone contacts.
Children from St John's parish in Schoolhouse
We welcome school groups and others, by arrangement. See Phone contacts.
Teacher Mr McDonald with his class 1902-3
St John's Schoolhouse Museum exterior, including the original schoolroom and residence.. The
Edmund Blacket tower and spire seen through western lychgate
St John's Churchyard

Overview

During the 2022 ACT Heritage Festival the Schoolhouse will be participating in "Kids' Week" from 18-22 May. It will be open daily in that week, from 10-4 pm. For more details of our planned activity, see the official festival program.

St John's Schoolhouse was Canberra's first school and school master's residence. It opened in 1845, to provide elementary education for children from the Campbell estate of Duntroon and surrounding farms. Many family names of former pupils can be seen on gravestones in St John's Churchyard.

In 1907 the School was closed, and the building was facing demolition. Fortunately, the historic little structure was rescued from this fate. In 1969 the restored Schoolhouse was re-opened as a museum of Canberra's early history and education. St John's Schoolhouse Museum is proud of its 52-year service to the community as one of Canberra's first museums.

The Schoolhouse displays and early photographs of the district enable visitors to imagine the very different scene world of rural Canberra before it became the Federal Capital. They can also sit at an old desk, write on a slate, or play old-fashioned games.

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“historic gem”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 4yrs ago by ET3121

St. john’s is worth a visit for the church alone. add in a great historic schoolhouse and it should be on your to do list. TIP: time visit with opening times of museum by checking website

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“Did not go into the museum but into the church. Amazing insight into Canberra history.”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 5yrs ago by Headframe

St. John's Church is amazing. Spiritual and historic. Easily overlooked but a visit provides an insight into many phases of Canberra's history. A most rewarding and stimulating visit. recommended.

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“Canberra's First School”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 6yrs ago by David B

What is now known as St John's Schoolhouse Museum, was Canberra's first school, long before Canberra itself existed. It was built by the landed-pastoralist, Robert Campbell of Duntroon in 1845 as a...

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