The Golden Dragon Museum offers a range of educational experiences across all ages and school levels. For bookings and enquiries, please contact us on +61 (0)3 5441 5044 or via email 

The Golden Dragon Museum offers guided tours to visiting groups.
• The General Guided Tour – this tour is a great way to see and learn about the highlights of the collection as well as learn about the history of Chinese in Bendigo.
• Year 7 Ancient History Tour – a tour designed to complement the national curriculum. This is a great way to bring ancient history to life.
• Year 9 Immigration History Tour – a tour designed to complement the national curriculum. Students can see and learn about the first hand struggles of Chinese immigrants in a museum dedicated to their stories.
• VCE History Revolutions: China – links between the history of the Bendigo Chinese and the Chinese revolutions are amazing and intricate. The museum contains some incredible artefacts from these periods of great change and upheaval.
For further information on these tours, or if you have another topic you’d like explored, please contact the museum.

HISTORICAL TOURS (approx 35 – 45 minutes)
Take a walk with our Museum Guides on a ‘Historical Walk’ around Bridge Street and Chinese Precinct where you can learn all about Bendigo’s old China Town. Also offered is a tour of The ‘White Hills Cemetery – Chinese Section’ which is an informative and popular prelude to visiting the Joss House Temple in White Hills. In addition we also offer a tour of the Bendigo Cemetery which includes that burial ground’s smaller but historically important Chinese section as well as a number of  burial sites at which you will hear some poignant and significant stories from Bendigo’s Chinese past.

COST: Historical Walk Primary $3 / Secondary $4 per student
COST: White Hills Cemetery – Chinese Section Primary $2 / Secondary $3 per student
COST: Bendigo Cemetery – Chinese Section Primary $2 / Secondary $3 per student

Occasionally we will offer “one off” tours to celebrate special themes or events. Every year we usually offer a specially themed tour to coincide with the National Trust’s Heritage Festival. Liking our facebook page Sun Loong is a good way to keep up to date with upcoming tours and events. We can also plan tours to fit your needs – please contact our friendly staff if you would like to arrange something a little different to our standard educational or historic tours.

CRAFT PROGRAMS (approx 45 minutes – 1 hour)
We have several Craft Programs available for students of all ages. Situated in a fun and stimulating environment our Craft Programs are a popular addition to an Educational Tour of the Golden Dragon Museum. Classes can be split into two with different workshops running simultaneously. For an Education Officer to visit your school to run a workshop, we charge CRT rate ($43.97 per hour) plus cost of travel $1.50 per kilometre.

$8 per student
• Chinese Opera Masks The personality of the opera mask is translated through the use of colour. Learn about the Chinese meaning of colour before decorating your mask. Recommended for Prep through to Year 6.
• Chinese Paper Cuts One of China’s most popular folk arts are Chinese Paper Cuts. Scissors are used to cut Chinese patterns such as flowers, birds and animals. Recommended for Year 4 through to Year 8.
• Chinese Calligraphy Before you start painting, we teach the basic skill of holding a Chinese calligraphy brush. Once the technique has been mastered students then decorate a paper fan with the calligraphy they have just learnt. Recommended for Year 2 through to Year 6.
• Origami (Paper folding) Learn how to make beautiful origami objects. You will learn how to make paper cranes, tee-shirts, flower, frogs, picture frames and lucky stars. Recommended for Years 4 through to Year 6 and Secondary Schools.

$10 per student
• Dragon Puppets Chinese dragons have paraded in Bendigo since the 1880s and are an integral part of Chinese culture. Join in the fun and create your very own Chinese dragon puppet.
• Fish kites Based on a traditional wind sock, the fish kite is a great activity for Prep to Year 3
• Chinese Lanterns Choose from 6 tradition Chinese lanterns patterns. Made from paper and cardboard it is a great activity for all primary school students.
• Chinese Waist Drums The waist drum is designed to bring lots of joy to children in China. Chinese children play it just for fun at New Year or Spring Festival. It is a perfect noise-maker and a wonderful way for children to celebrate. Children can create their own Chinese waist drum. Perfect for Grade 2 to Grade 6.

$12 per student
• Miniature Chinese Costume Learn how to make a miniature Chinese costume out of material and paper.
The dress patterns are based from the costumes on display in the museum. Recommended for all primary school students.
• Chinese Tea Light Lanterns Chinese decorative lanterns were made as long ago as 220 BC during the Han dynasty. Today colourful lanterns still grace Chinese festivals. Grade 2 to Grade 6.

$15 per student
• Dragon Sock Puppet BYO an old sock and make a dragon puppet. This class takes 1.5 hours and is recommended for Year 5 through to Year 8. Some hand sewing skill is required.
• Phoenix The phoenix often depicted with the dragon. The Dragon represented the Emperor and the Phoenix representing the Empress. Today the Phoenix has become the female symbol. Create your own Chinese phoenix ‘feng-huang. Art smocks recommended. A fun and creative activity for Grade 2 to Grade 6
• General and Princess Headpieces The positions of the General and the Princess are important in both Chinese Literature and the Bendigo Easter Fair. Make your own headpiece like those in the Museum Collection. Art smocks recommended. Grade 2 to Year 8.

The following workshops are quoted according to your requirements.
• Tea Ceremony, Lion Dancing workshop and Tai Chi.

Age recommendations are guidelines only.

Come and enjoy traditional Chinese food in our Tea Room and at the same time learn about Chinese cuisine through the ‘Chinese Dining Customs and Etiquette’ program.
COST: Meals range from as little as $2.00 – $18 and we can cater for up to 150 students.