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

Dialogue in the Dark - Powerful learning through lived experience

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.


1 Hour


$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.’

Phillip, Melbourne.

Group size and supervision requirements

  • Capacity

    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.

  • Supervision

    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.

  • Accessibility

    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

  • 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.

  • The curriculum

    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

    Levels 3-4
    Levels 5-6
    Levels 7-8
    Levels 9-10

Book your excursion soon

School group placements fill quickly.

For school bookings:

Call 1300 411 881 or email:

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.

Learn about our impact