Maritime Museum (Fremantle) School Programs

Please note that the HMAS Ovens submarine is temporarily closed for essential maintenance and tours are currently unavailable.

Immigration: Suitcase Stories

Museum educator led: 10:00am and 11:00am Bookings essential - please call 1300 134 081.
Years: 6
Duration: 45 mins (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills

Uncover migrant stories, told through objects hidden in long lost suitcases.

Image of Fremantle Harbour with Maritime Museum in background

What motivates people to leave their homeland? What objects and stories do migrants bring with them? Open up some old suitcases and discover the stories of REAL people risking everything they know to start a new life in a new country. This interactive session will bring Western Australia’s immigration stories alive with letters, photos and artefacts for students to investigate.

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.

Hands on - real stories great presenter, passionate.
Year 6 teacher
A very well organised presentation, fits nicely with HASS Curriculum WA
Year 6 teacher

New Home, New Country

Self-guided: All of site. Bookings essential - please call 1300 134 081.
Years: 5 - 6
Duration: 1 hour (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical Knowledge and Understanding; Historical Skills

Use the New Home, New Country Discovery Wheel to investigate the Maritime Museum’s immigration displays.

Boy looking at object in Maritime Museum

Borrow a set of New Home, New Country Discovery Wheels from the Front Desk and follow the trail to examine the artefacts and stories about migrants and migration. Consider who came here and why, and the impact of migration on Western Australia.


Submarine Tours

Volunteer led: Bookings essential. Bookings essential - please call 1300 134 081.
Years: 4 - 12
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.

Boy coming through port hole at Maritime Museum

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 this unique experience.