French Explorers: Learning Resources

The French Explorers in WA exhibition celebrates two French expeditions of scientific discovery to Australia from 200 years ago.

Students will view illustrations of Australian marine life as well as striking portraits, rare documents and hand-drawn maps created by the French crew of Géographe and Naturaliste from 1800-1804. Then they will discover the science and stories behind the 1818 Louis de Freycinet’s expedition on board the Uranie.  Find out more.

Entry to the exhibition is free for education groups. Self-guided booking information can be found on the WA Maritime Museum education page

The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804

Excursion Resources

This education pack links in to the The Art of Science exhibition, and contains background contextual information and activity suggestions which can be used to support an excursion to the exhibition.

This pack is separated into two parts—an activity resource and a pack of plate images, which can be projected or printed.

Art of Science - Teacher Resource - PDF [2.54MB]

Art of Science - Study Source Plates - PDF [2.31MB]

Related Content


The following videos have been produced by the South Australian Maritime Museum to support The Art of Science.

Art of Engraving [external link]

Find out the drawing techniques used by the artists on Baudin's expedition.

Floating Laboratory [external link]

Find out how the expedition crew would have collected and preserved animal specimens on board.

Transplanted [external link]

Find out how the expedition crew would have collected botanical specimens on board.

Online Essays

View our range of online academic essays that explores and interrogates Baudin's voyage and its legacy.

French Connection Program

The WA Museum’s French Connection Program (FCP) was initiated in the 1990s to raise awareness of early French navigators and explorers’ contact with the Western Australian coast. This work is shared through research, filmmaking, major exhibitions, public interpretive programs and archaeological fieldwork.

Explore these online resources to find out more about the early French arrivals, their contributions and their legacy to Australia.

Visit the French Connection Program.