Shipwreck Galleries (Fremantle) School Programs

Strangers on the Shore

A new facilitated program for year 5 students. TERM 4 ONLY

Museum educator led: 10:00am. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Years: 5
Duration: 1.5 Hours (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills.
Maximum group size: 34

Relive the experience of the Swan River Colony’s first settlers.

Swan River Colony's First Settlers

Delivered outdoors, this fully facilitated program provides insight into the experience of the Swan River Colony’s first settlers. Students get to smell the salt air and feel the wind on their faces as they construct a makeshift shelter near the spot where the first colonial camp might have been set up. They also consider the impact of their presence on the people who have lived here for thousands of years. Available Term 4 2017.

Students LOVED putting the tent up and rolling up the barrels...Excellent experience and we would definitely like to come back again next year.
Year 5 teacher

Olden Days, School Ways

Museum educator led: 10:00am, 11:00am and 12:00pm. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Years: K - 3
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills.
Maximum group size: 34

Line up and take a seat in our olden days classroom to experience a lesson from the past.

Replication of an olden day class

Ring the school bell to start the lesson, practise writing on slates and pay attention when the teacher offers advice on other life skills. Be on your best behaviour at all times (our school teacher can be very strict).

Take your experience further by borrowing our old school games to play during your visit.

The kids LOVED it! Costumes were a huge hit! Delivered exceptionally well and at their level! 45 minutes was great, but could have even been longer!!
PP teacher
What a tremendous experience. Very engaging and authentic. Thank you. Highly recommend this.
Year 1 teacher
I love that this engaged the children's whole body. It is very authentic and transports us back to 1901.
Year 1 teacher
We really appreciated the accommodation made to meet all of the students' needs
Education Support Teacher

Exploring Explorers: Treasures with a Tale

Museum educator led: 10:00am, 11:00am and 12:00pm. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Years: 4
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills
Maximum group size:34

Navigator? Writer? Pirate? Who did these mystery objects belong to? You decide… and then discover the truth!

Children opening a treasure chest

Investigate a treasure trove of unusual objects, maps, tools and writings and imagine who they once belonged to. We know much about the experiences and impacts of WA’s past explorers because of the things that they leave behind, but can we ever know their full story? Find out how the artefacts that we find and share can shape peoples’ perceptions of the past.

Please note that under our cancellation policy, if you cancel your booking for our facilitated activities within 14 days of your visit, you will be required to pay the full cost of the excursion.

Excellent presenter, knowledgeable and interacted well with the students.
Year 4 teacher
Excellent presentation! Students were really engaged and interested. Relevant content and activities.
Year 4 teacher

A Trek Through Time

Self-guided Activity: Between the Shipwreck Galleries and WA Maritime Museum
Years: 4-6
Duration: 40 min
Maximum group size: Small group activity
Curriculum links: History and Geography Knowledge and Understanding.


Peeling back the layers of history between the Shipwreck Galleries and the Maritime Museum.

A Trek Through Time

A Trek Through Time is a self-guided walking trail between the Western Australian Museum’s - Shipwreck Galleries and Maritime Museum in Fremantle, interweaving historical and geographical knowledge and understanding.

Designed for small groups of 3-5 students each with an adult supervisor, the trail takes between 25 and 40 minutes, depending on how much time is spent at each stop.

Download the trail and teacher information below:

A Trek Through Time Self-guided Activity

A Trek Through Time Teacher Information


Now and Then

Self-guided: All of site. Bookings essential - please call 1300 134 081.
Years: K - 2
Duration: 20 Minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills


Go on a matching mission to find the olden day equivalent to everyday items.

Scan of the Dirk Hartog Plate

Borrow a set of Now and Then Discovery Bags from the Front Desk and look through a selection of common present day items. Search the galleries for similar items from the past. Compare and contrast the features of the items to see how things have changed (or haven’t).


Pondering Pirates

Self-guided: All of site. Bookings essential - please call 1300 134 081.
Years: K - 2
Duration: 30 Minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills

Let our friendly finger puppets help form questions and share observations about objects on display.

Young girl holding up finger puppets.

Borrow a set of Pondering Pirates Discovery Bags from the Front Desk and meet finger puppets Comparing Colin, Wondering Will, Opinionated Olly and Factual Fred. Let the characters help students focus on artefacts, form inquiry questions, and understand the difference between fact and opinion.