WA Shipwrecks Museum Education Programs

There are two ways of visiting the WA Shipwrecks Museum with school groups:

  1. Facilitated Education Programs

  2. Self-guided Visits

Facilitated Education Programs

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

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

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.

Book a Facilitated Program

Exploring Explorers: Treasures with a Tale (Year 4)

Availability: Monday - Friday during term
Time: 10am, 11am & 12pm. Bookings essential.
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
Curriculum links: Historical knowledge and understanding; Historical skills.
Cost: $160 per session


Navigator? Writer? Pirate? Who do these mystery objects belong to? You decide and then discover the truth! 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 they left behind, but can we ever know their full story?

Students participating in this program will:

  • Make factual observations about a selection of objects linked to WA coastal exploration.
  • Suggest a hypothesis about the provenance and past use of the objects.
  • Share opinions and draw conclusions about the explorer linked to the objects and the explorer’s historical significance.
  • Reflect on the importance of using a range of sources when examining the past.

Strangers on the Shore (Year 5)

Availability: Monday - Friday during term
Time: 10am, 11am & 12pm. Bookings essential.
Duration: 45 minutes
Curriculum links: Historical knowledge and understanding; Historical skills.
Cost: $160 per session

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.

Students participating in this program will:

  • Walk down to the beach close to where some of the early colonial settlers arrived.
  • View some native coastal plants used by Noongar people.
  • Build a mock tent as part of a simulated ‘fresh arrival’ experience.
  • Examine some clothing, objects and food available to early colonial settlers.
  • Reflect on the impact of European arrival on the traditional way of life of Wadjuk Noongar people.

Part of this program is delivered outdoors. An indoor alternative is available during bad weather conditions.

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 available below.

Book a Self-guided Program

A Trek Through Time (Years 4 - 6)

Availability: Monday - Friday during term
Time: 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm. Bookings essential.
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.

Students participating in this program will:
  • Walk in small groups between the WA Shipwrecks Museum and WA Maritime Museum
  • Imagine what the locations would have been like 200 years ago
  • Visit landmarks along the way such as Bathers Beach, The Roundhose, Whalers Tunnel, CY O’Connor statue
  • Debrief as a group at the WA Maritime Museum or WA Shipwrecks Museum

Download the trail resources below:

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

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

Self Guided Student Worksheets

Our self-guided activities encourage students to engage with the whole museum, appreciate its collection in sometimes new or different ways, and consider what different sources of information can reveal.

Before your visit to the museum:

  1. Print off the desired number of worksheets and bring these with you on the day.
  2. Please provide your own clipboards and pencils if you choose to use them.

Upon arrival at the museum:

  1. Divide your class into small groups, each with a parent helper. Ensure parent helpers are briefed on the activity.
  2. Encourage groups to start at different points in the museum to avoid congestion.
  3. Students may need to read information panels as well as look at the objects to complete the tasks.

Back at school:

  1. You may wish to have students share their responses to the worksheets, or conduct further research on their findings.

Available student activity worksheets:

Exploration and Discovery - PDF [1.94MB]

Exploration and Discovery with Answers - PDF [1.95MB]

A is for Artefact - PDF [978KB]

Object Analysis - PDF [1.04MB]

Teachable Moments - PDF [980KB]

    A_is_for_Artefact_Student_Activity_WASM.pdf967.85 KB
    Exploration_and_Discovery_Student_Activity_WASM.pdf1.94 MB
    Exploration_and_Discovery_Student_Activity_with_Answers_WASM.pdf1.95 MB
    Object_Analysis_Student_Activity_WASM.pdf1.04 MB
    Olden_Days_School_Ways_Classroom_Activity_suggestions_WASM.pdf1.13 MB
    Teachable_Moments_Student_Activity_WASM.pdf980.12 KB