Ancient Rome Learning Resources

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The WA Museum is now accepting bookings for school excursions to all of our Museum sites. Please take the time to read our COVID-19 Education Update to find out what the Museum is doing and any impacts this may have on your planned excursion.

Further Information

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
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Travel back in time and discover the determination, machines and genius that carved the great Roman Empire.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers is an exhibition featuring carefully reconstructed replica machines that reflect one of the most technologically significant times in the human history.

Ancient Rome explores this fascinating era, with topics including:

  • Military genius and mighty machines (Caesar’s army, discipline, tactics, war machines, armour, weapons)
  • All roads lead to Rome (measurements, transportation by road and sea, communication)
  • Building Rome (engineering - roads, bridges, buildings, monuments, aqueducts, tools, machines, techniques)
  • Entertainment (gladiators, colosseum, games, art, clothes, timekeeping, Roman life and people)

The Roman Imperial period (52BC – 476AD) was an era of massive construction and large scale technical innovation that brought about unprecedented wellbeing. Your students will be surprised to see how much we inherited from 2,000 years ago—many of the objects, concepts and machines are still part of our contemporary life.

This exhibition includes models, catapults, frescoes, armour, weapons, busts, and much more.

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Education Group Bookings

Dates: 7 December 2019 until 11 October 2020
Location: WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle
Duration: 60 minute self-guided viewing sessions
Cost: $7.50 per student and supervising adult
Bookings: Advanced Booking & Payment Essential
Curriculum Links: History, Physics

We welcome bookings from all Year levels to visit Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers.

Bookings can be made and paid for online or by calling 1300 134 081. Advanced booking and payment is essential. There are no refunds for paid students who do not attend.

Each exhibition session can cater for a maximum of 75 students. Students will be pulsed through the exhibition in smaller groups according to your supervision ratio. Please allow at least an extra 15 minutes to your visit for this to occur.

Further information about excursions to the WA Maritime Museum can be found here.

You can book Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers instantly by clicking on a date link below.

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Link to WA Maritime Museum Excursion Management Resources 

If you need assistance with your booking call our Bookings Team on 1300 134 081 or email

Educational Walkthrough

Ancient Rome Military Theme

Ancient Rome Military Theme
Image copyright WA Museum 

The Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers Walkthrough  will give you an overview of the exhibition and some of the information or subject areas within it.

This Walkthrough can be copied and supplied to the adult group leaders who will be accompanying your students. It contains questions that adult group leaders can use to spark discussion with the students.

Download Educational Walkthrough [PDF - 8 MB]

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Primary Physics publication

Primary Physics Book Cover

Primary Physics: The Principles Behind Roman Machines, by Marti Ellen is the official companion book for the Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers. This highly engaging book includes detailed instructions for making eight different models of inventions from the time of the Roman Empire out of materials commonly found around home or school.

This resource is available to purchase from the WA Maritime Museum Shop.

Download a sample activity

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Ancient Rome Teachers Preview

Ancient Rome Educators Preview

Ancient Rome Teachers Preview
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Date: Thursday 5 December 2019
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Bookings: Essential via the link below


The Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers Educators preview is an opportunity for teachers to explore the exhibition before they bring their class on an excursion.

Learning Resources will be available on the night as well as the Museum education team for any questions you may have.

Refreshments will be available for purchase on the night from the cafe.

Please note:

  • You may bring along a maximum of three guests.
  • Proof that you are a teacher may be requested when you arrive.
  • If more than one teacher is attending they will need to register separately.
  • Photography and filming will be taking place at this event.

Register Now

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Ancient Rome Challenge

Curtin Global Challenge

Curtin Global Challenge
Image courtesy Curtin University 

The Western Australian Museum has teamed up with Curtin University to bring you and your students a follow-on extension project centred around the Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers exhibition.

Global Challenge is an online learning platform that enables students to participate and complete a series of specific individual or collaborative team based learning exercises (referred to as Challenges).

For more information you can visit the Global Challenge website or email to register your students for the Ancient Rome online challenge.

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Primary Physics SAMPLE.pdf3.02 MB
Ancient Rome Walkthrough.pdf7.71 MB
Excursion Management Plan WA Maritime Museum.pdf326.01 KB