WA Shipwrecks Museum Education Programs

Caption: A young school child with pirate finger puppets.
Image copyright WA Museum 

Facilitated Education Programs

These programs are led by the Museum's Learning and Creativity staff.

Bookings are essential. Sessions are available Monday to Thursday.

Olden Days, School Ways (Years K - 3)

Time: 10am, 11am & 12pm. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical knowledge and understanding; Historical skills.

 

Line up and take a seat in our olden days classroom to experience what school, work, and play was like for children in the past.

Ring the bell to start the lesson, practise writing on slates, and be on your best behaviour at all times! Extend your experience by borrowing our old school games to play during your visit including ropes, knuckle bones, and potato sacks.


Exploring Explorers: Treasures with a Tale (Year 4)

Time: 10am, 11am & 12pm. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical knowledge and understanding; Historical skills.

 

Investigate a treature trove of unusual objects, maps, tools, and writings and imagine who one belonged to.

Navigator? Writer? Pirate? Who do these mystery objects belong to? You decide and then discover the truth! We know much about the experiences and impacts of WA's past explorers because of the things they left behind, but can we ever know their full story?


Strangers on the Shore (Year 5)

Time: 10am & 12pm. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Duration: 1.5 Hours (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical knowledge and understanding; Historical skills.

 

Relive the experience of the Swan River Colony's first European settlers.

Learn about the challenges that new colonial arrivals faced trying to establish secure shelter and food. Consider survival, priorities, and planning as students build a makeshift shelter where the first colonial camp might have been. Reflect on the impact their arrival had on the local environment and the Aboriginal peoples who have lived here for tens of thousands of years.

This program is delivered outdoors. An indoor alternative is available during bad weather conditions.


Adventures in Archaeology: Sea, Sand, and Skeletons (Years 5 - 7)

Time: 10am & 12pm. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Duration: 1.5 Hours (approx.)
Curriculum links: Science skills; Research skills.

 

Prepare yourself for a hands-on archaeology workshop!

Learn how archaeologists solve mysteries of the past through scientific investigations and interactive challenges. Understand how the artefacts and bio-facts uncovered from archaeological sites helps to explain how and why archaeology is relevant to our lives.


Self-guided Education Programs

These activities are free and let you explore the Museum at your own pace.

Places are available Monday to Friday. Activity resources are provided.

Now and Then (Years K - 2)

Time: 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm. Bookings essential - please call 1300 134 081.
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.

Search the Museum's galleries for similar items from the past. Compare and contrast the items' features to see how things have changed (or haven't!).


A Trek Through Time (Years 4 - 6)

Time: 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm. Bookings essential - call 1300 134 081.
Duration: 40 min
Maximum group size: Small group activity
Curriculum links: Historical knowledge and understanding; Geography skills.

 

This fun walking trail between the WA Shipwrecks Museum and the WA Maritime Museum is filled with discovery, while providing historical and geographical knowledge and understanding.

Download the trail resources below:

A Trek Through Time Self-guided Activity - PDF [6.71MB]

A Trek Through Time Teacher Information - PDF [325KB]


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.