WA Maritime Museum School Programs

Student looking at an object in Maritime Museum

Student looking at an object in Maritime Museum

There are three ways of visiting the WA Maritime Museum with school groups:

  1. Facilitated Education Programs

  2. Temporary Exhibition Programs

  3. Self-guided visits

Facilitated Education Programs

These programs are led by the WA Maritime Museum's Education staff.

Costs apply and bookings are essential. Sessions are available Monday to Thursday.

For any assistance call 1300 134 081.

Please note that 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.

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Immigration Stories (Year 6)

Time: 10am,  Bookings essential.
Duration: 120 minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical knowledge and understanding; Historical skills.
Cost: $160 per session
 
NEW PACKAGE FOR 2019
 
The WA Maritime Museum is the perfect location to bring Year 6 students as a stimulus to explore the stories of people who migrated to Australia. The Museum is located on Victoria Quay in historic Fremantle where many people disembarked ships to start the Australian part of their migration story.
 
Immigration Stories is a new 2 hour curriculum-linked package that immerses your students throughout our galleries. Their journey will include an interactive gallery tour that follows the life of an Italian fishing migrant who came to Fremantle in the early 1900s. Along with student-led exploration of objects linked to five personal migration stories. Why did they migrate to Australia? How did they contribute to Australian society?
 
Students participating in this program will:

Part A - Tour: 
  • Take part in an interactive gallery tour that follows the life of an Italian fishing migrant who came to Fremantle in the early 1900s
  • Recreate some of the challenges and achievements of this person’s life in the context of migration to Western Australia
  • Discuss how individuals and groups such as the Italian fishing migrants have shaped Fremantle and Western Australia in the past and today
 
Part B – Object Exploration:
  • Make factual observations and form hypotheses about a selection of objects linked to five personal migration stories
  • Learn about the provenance and significance of the objects through reading a short migrant biography for each person
  • Discuss the motivations for coming, challenges, achievements and contributions of each migrant
  • See gallery artefacts that come from or link to migrants who came to WA
  • Reflect on the importance of using a range of sources when examining the past
 
The program will be available for booking from Term 2. If you are planning an excursion on this topic in Term 1 ask about our preview season.
 
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Discovery Walks (Years 4 - 12)

Time: 10am, 11am & 12pm. Bookings essential.
Duration: 1 hour (approx.)
Curriculum links: General capabilities; Cross-curricular.
Cost: $160 per session

Join us on a guided exploration of the Museum, activated with touchable objects and compelling stories.

Discovery Walk: Challenge and Courage
Explore inspiring tales that focus on bravery, resilience and adventure on the high seas.

Students participating in this program will:
  • Participate in a guided walk of the Maritime Museum
  • Stop at five displays of interest relating to concepts of bravery, courage and resilience.
  • Engage with touchable objects and respond to the content on display.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the concept of ‘courage’ and the character and motivations of people from the past.
 
Discovery Walk: Maritime Mysteries
Our maritime world is abound with mysteries. Find out about the gaps in our knowledge, and the intriguing dilemmas and puzzles yet to be solved.
 
Students participating in this program will:
  • Participate in a guided walk of the Maritime Museum.
  • Stop at five displays of interest relating maritime mysteries.
  • Engage with touchable objects and respond to the content on display.
  • Enhance their understanding of sustainability.
  • Understand that our knowledge of oceans, maritime science, and history is still developing.

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Submarine Tours (Years 4 - 12*)

Image of Fremantle Harbour with Maritime Museum in background

Time: Multiple sessions a day. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Duration: 1 hour (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills

Find out what life is like aboard a submarine and immerse yourself in Fremantle's secret wartime history.

The Oberon class Submarine HMAS Ovens is an authentic Cold War-era vessel. This exhibit serves as a living memorial to submariners and those who gave their lives during Australia’s Naval history.

*Special conditions apply for entry.


Temporary Exhibition Programs

Every year the WA Maritime Museum hosts and exciting range of temporary exhibitions.

Most visits to the temporary exhibitions are self-guided. Costs may apply and bookings are essential

Kylie on Stage

Kylie Minogue, Kylie Showgirl: The Greatest Hits tour, 2005. Photograph by Ken M

Dates: 16 February - 6 June 2019
Duration: 60 minute self-guided viewing sessions (staggered small group entry)
Cost: Free for school groups. Bookings essential
Curriculum links: Secondary Arts and Technology

Students visiting the Kylie on Stage exhibition will see costumes from Kylie Minogue's spectacular stage wardrobe held at the Arts Centre Melbourne's Australian Performing Arts Collection.

Kylie on Stage allows students to view a selection of designs, working drawings, photographs and video footage that explores the creative process behind the costumes and provides rare glimpses into the world backstage.

Find out more and view the Kylie on Stage learning resources.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

 
Dates: 6 July – 10 November, 2019
Duration: 60 minute self-guided viewing sessions (staggered small group entry)
Cost: $10 per student, supervisors free up to ratio. Bookings essential
Curriculum links: Science as a Human Endeavour | Science Inquiry Skills | Science Understanding (Biological Sciences)


Planet Shark: Predator or Prey – The Experience is a journey into the world of one of most misunderstood animals on earth. It is an educational story of 450 million years of evolution, of form and function, of over-fishing and the fight to save the shark.

Your students will see displays of full-scale specimen models, the king of which is our Great White, cast from a real animal. Also on display are extremely rare fossils, up to 370 million years old, plus real teeth and jaws. A large multi-screen high definition cinematic production transports students into the world of the shark.

Bookings for this amazing experience will be taken from Term 1, 2019.

Planet Shark is produced by Grande Exhibitions.


Self-guided Visits

School's are welcome to explore the WA Maritime Museum at their own pace on self-guided visits.

You can see the galleries that are available here.

Places are available Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential.

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Gallery Guides

These gallery guides are designed to be used by an adult with a small group of students to enrich student understanding and enjoyment of our galleries.

Bits of Boats

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Courage

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