Strange But True

A gas mask for a German Army messenger dog.

Prepare to be surprised and amazed at the stories behind some of the more unusual and obscure items in our collection. Discover why they are here, and what they have to tell us about the experiences of Australians on the battlefield and at home during wartime.

Suitable for primary and secondary students (from Year 4). This program is adapted to suit students at different age and aptitude levels.


  • The purpose, nature, and history of our National Collection, and how it helps us remember Australians who served.
  • Exploring multiple collection items and their associated stories which are in some way obscure, unusual or remarkable.
  • Developing empathetic understanding of the circumstances and challenges faced by Australians during wartime.
  • Examining characteristics of wartime Australians (e.g. resourcefulness, ingenuity, audacity, and sense of humour).



Price $5.50 per student (incl GST) valid to 19 July 2020
$6.60 per student (incl GST) valid from 20 July 2020

45 minutes 

Maximum number 60 students per hour
Group size 15
Available 9.15 am – 3.45 pm
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