They are designed for primary and secondary school students, who learn the following:
How to find your bearings and move in complete darkness
How to identify the world through a variety of senses
How to communicate and collaborate with other people, without visual cues
How you respond to the challenges of Melbourne in the dark
Powerful learning through lived experience.
Dialogue in the Dark offers potent and transformative learning. It is imaginative, educational, and entertaining.
Students evaluate their own thinking, emotions, responses, and actions when vision is removed. Communication skills come to the fore.
How do you show leadership when you cannot see your friends? How do you collaborate in complete darkness? Students hone a range of skills as they uncover the answer to these questions, and more.
Guided by a skilled facilitator with low vision or blindness, students cooperate, discover skills, embrace creativity, and adopt a new perspective of the world around them; all in total darkness.
$15 per student for primary and secondary schools.
$25 plus booking fees for university students.
Supervising adults are admitted free of charge. Please note students must be supervised by teaching staff provided by the school.
‘It’s the only exhibition where I saw nothing, but felt so much.’
Group size and supervision requirements
The excursion can accommodate a class or group of up to 70 students. The group is divided into smaller groups during the experience. Students enjoy other activities as they wait to participate.
Tours are conducted by a skilled guide with low vision or blindness. Please note: all students require teacher supervision, provided by the school, at all times.
Our premises are wheelchair accessible. There are, however, some wheelchair accessibility requirements throughout the experience. For further information and enquiries, please contact us on 1300 411 881 or email@example.com
Tour guides and facilitators
All staff at Dialogue in the Dark have a current Working with Children Check, as part of Guide Dogs Australia’s staffing policy.
Our workshops align with the learning objectives, outcomes and capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum Levels 3-10. We equip students with the tools for life-long learning, ongoing social development, and promotes active and informed citizenship.
Links to the curriculum
Book your excursion soon
School group placements fill quickly.
For school bookings:
Professional development opportunities are also now available for teachers.
For all other enquiries, please complete the contact form, or phone us on 1300 411 881.
‘I left there feeling so different. I have the utmost respect for people who are blind.’
– Gale, Melbourne
Reporting our social impact
The darkness is enlightening. We’ve got proof.
Check out our Social Impact Report to learn how Dialogue in the Dark raises awareness and transforms perception of people with low vision or blindness.
Developed in collaboration with La Trobe University.