COVID-19 Education Update

 

Students digging up a dinosaur fossil with excavation tools.

This page was last updated on 9 October 2020.

The Western Australian Museum locations (except the New Museum which opens on 21 November) are open and we look forward to welcoming you.

The health and well-being of visitors, volunteers and staff is our single most important priority.

We have a COVID Safety Plan in place at each of our sites, and we are following government advice.

Below you will find the following:

  • a  summary of the actions we are taking to be COVID-19 safe.
  • what we would like you to do, as a teacher, before you arrive at the Museum for an excursion.
  • any additional actions being taken at our Museums.

Actions the Western Australian Museum is taking to be COVID-19 safe:

  • In line with the WA Government’s Phase 4 requirements, there is a limit of 1 person per 2 square metres of venue space. In most cases, this is easily achieved.
  • Museum staff will encourage all visitors to practice physical distancing.
  • General visitors, excluding students, will be asked to check their temperature with an automatic temperature scanner before entry into the Museum.
  • All visitors, including students, will be asked to apply hand sanitiser before entry into the Museum.
  • We have increased the scope of our cleaning regime.
  • We have removed some high-touch interactive exhibits and play materials (please refer to the Museum you are visiting if this may impact your visit).
  • Water fountains are only available for refilling of water bottles.

How teachers can help the Museum be COVID-19 safe:

  • Check this webpage regularly before your excursion as information may change.
  • Any student, teacher or parent helper who is feeling unwell, particularly if experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, should not attend the excursion.
  • If possible, schools are encouraged to carry out their own temperature check of all students, teachers and parent helpers before departing on the excursion. Parent helpers who arrive independently should use the scanner at the Museum.
  • Supervision ratios should be increased, where practicable, to one (1) supervisor to six (6) children to assist with physical distancing and to allow supervised groups to spread out across the Museum.
  • Before the excursion, brief the students on their expected behaviour inside the Museum and any changes they may encounter.
  • Ensure students practice good hygiene while inside the Museum.

WA Maritime Museum

  • School excursions for HMAS Ovens is temporarily suspended. 
  • The Under the Dome Experience has now re-opened for school group audiences only from Term 4.
  • Immigration Stories is an interactive high-touch program that involves student participation in activities, handling of objects and some dress-ups. A version with no dress-ups is available on request. Students will be asked to apply hand-sanitiser before the start of this program.
  • The Valdura ferry will only be accessible as part of the Immigration Stories program and not self-guided visits.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

  • de Vlamingh’s Journey and Strangers on the Shore are interactive high-touch programs that involve student participation in activities, handling of objects and some dress-ups. A version with no dress-ups is available on request. Students will be asked to apply hand-sanitiser before the start of this program.
  • There will reduced capacity of six people for the 3D film in Deep Light exhibition and it will only run every half an hour. If this is an essential part of your visit please discuss rotations when booking.

Museum of the Great Southern

  • The Sydney to Sound school program is currently unavailable until further notice.

Museum of Geraldton

  • There will reduced capacity of six (6) people for the From Great Depths 3D film and it will only run every half an hour. If this is an essential part of your visit please discuss rotations when booking.

Museum of the Goldfields

  • No additional restrictions.