WA Shipwrecks Museum Education

COVID-19 Education Update

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

Prepare your students for an unforgettable excursion at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle!

At the WA Shipwrecks Museum, students will uncover local history filled with exploration, disaster, mutiny, and survival, trace the extraordinary voyages of spice traders, and learn about the race to discover the Great Southland.

There are three ways of visiting the WA Shipwrecks Museum with education groups:

  1. Facilitated Education Programs

  2. Temporary Exhibition Programs

  3. Self-guided visits

For any help, don't hesitate to call our team on 1300 134 081.

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Facilitated Education Programs

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is the premier destination for primary school excursions linked to the Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) syllabus.

Our facilitated education programs and resources assist teachers in their excursion planning by taking out the guesswork. We have created a range of seamless, 120-minute programs that your students will not only enjoy, but will remember.

The highlight of each program is a 60 minute immersive activity that takes place in our dedicated activity room - created just for school groups. This activity is led by a highly engaging member of the Shipwrecks Education Team.

To complete your excursion each program includes a self-guided exploration of the Museum and/or the surrounding precinct. No clipboards or pencils are needed here!

Two classes can easily rotate between the two components and there are options available when booking in three or more classes.

Costs apply and bookings are essential. Sessions are subject to availability and booking conditions.

Please refer to the program learning resource pages for more details and for any assistance call 1300 134 081.

Home school sessions are now available. To see when the next session is available click here.



WA Shipwrecks Museum
Year 2
History: The Past in the Present

Explore the past as we sail through time, examining objects from history on an immersive ‘shipwreck’, and finding remnants from bygone years in our old Museum building.

de Vlamingh's Journey

de Vlamingh's Journey

WA Shipwrecks Museum
Year 4
History: First contacts

Join the fleet of Willem de Vlamingh as he explores the coast of the ‘Southland’, searching for lost ships, making maps, collecting natural specimens, and leaving behind what became one of the most famous objects in the Shipwrecks Museum’s collection.

Strangers on the Shore

Strangers on the Shore

WA Shipwrecks Museum
Year 5
History: The Australian Colonies

Learn about the challenges that new colonial arrivals faced, during and after their journey to the Swan River.

The following facilitated education programs are available at the nearby WA Maritime Museum:

Immigration Stories

Immigration Stories

WA Maritime Museum
Year 6
History: Australia as a Nation

The WA Maritime Museum is the perfect location to explore the stories of people who migrated to Australia. The Museum is located on Victoria Quay in historic Fremantle where many people disembarked ships to start the Australian part of their migration story.

Submarine Tours

Submarine Tours

WA Maritime Museum
Years 4-12
HASS, Science

Find out what life is like aboard a submarine and immerse yourself in Fremantle's secret wartime history. 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.

Under the Dome

Under the Dome

WA Maritime Museum
Years K-12
HASS, Science

WA Museum has partnered with Fremantle documentary company, Prospero Productions, to bring your students an immersive cinema experience… Under the Dome at WA Maritime Museum.

Temporary Exhibition Programs

Every year the WA Maritime Museum and WA Shipwrecks Museums host an exciting range of temporary exhibitions.

Most visits to the temporary exhibitions are self-guided. Costs may apply and bookings are essential.

Please visit the exhibition learning resource page to find out how to book or call 1300 134 081.

Jelling Stone

Vikings: Warriors of the North, Giants of the Sea

WA Maritime Museum
11 Dec 20 - 1 Apr 21

Learn about the true stories of conquest, plunder, craft, trade and adventure which turned these Nordic people into heroes of myth and legend.

Deep Light

Deep Light

WA Shipwrecks Museum
12 Sep - 31 Jan 2021

The World War Two encounter between HMAS Sydney (II) and the disguised German raider HSK Kormoran off the WA coast stands as Australia’s worst naval disaster.

Self-guided Education Programs

The WA Shipwrecks Museum welcomes school excursions that are self-guided.

Self-guided excursions of the permanent galleries are free and let you explore the WA Shipwrecks Museum at your own pace.

Places are available Monday to Friday, but bookings are essential.

A Trek Through Time

A Trek Through Time

WA Maritime & Shipwrecks Museums
Years 4-6: HASS

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.


Self Guided

WA Shipwrecks Museum
Years K-12

Find out how to book and download free resources to use on your self-guided excursion to the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

Maritime Exterior

Self Guided

WA Maritime Museum
Years K-12

Find out how to book and download free resources to use on your self-guided excursion to the WA Maritime Museum.

Excursion Management Resources

WA Shipwrecks Museum Excursion Management Plan and Certificate of Currency 2020/21 - PDF [296KB]

Adult Supervision

The following supervision ratios are required for all education groups visiting any WA Museum sites.

  • Years K-2, minimum 1 adult to 6 students
  • Years 3-10, minimum 1 adult to 10 students
  • Years 11-12 (Museum only visit) minimum 1 supervisor with the group

There is a mandatory minimum of 2 supervisors per education supervisory team.

The responsibility of children remains with the education staff from the visiting school or educational organisation.

Please ensure that your adult supervisor is aware of their role in regards to the behaviour and safety of your students.


Transport arrangements are the responsibility of the school.

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is an approximate 15 minute walk from the Fremantle Train Station.

Trains run from Perth Train Station to Fremantle.

If you plan on catching public transport to Fremantle, Transperth can help plan your journey. Visit the Transperth Get on Board website for more information.

Drop-off and pick-up bus/coach bays are available at the end of Marine Terrace, next to Esplanade Park. For further information about bus/coach parking, please contact the City of Fremantle on 9432 9999 or www.fremantle.wa.gov.au.