COVID-19 Education Update

 


This page was last updated on 29 April 2022.


At the Western Australian Museum, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and employees is our 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.

The information below also pertains to Vacation Care and other groups that visit the Museum sites with children.

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

  • The Museum follows the Government’s directions regarding masks. Masks are no longer required within the Museum, unless physical distancing isn’t possible. If physical distancing isn’t possible, all visitors (adults plus children in Year 7 or Age 12 or above) shall wear a mask unless exempt.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations are no longer required for entry. Mandatory workplace COVID-19 vaccinations remain in place for all WA Museum employees.
  • The Museum is operating at regular capacity limits .
  • We have increased the scope of our cleaning regime.
  • We ask that all visitors practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and regularly sanitise their hands throughout a visit to the Museum.
  • School groups will be asked to apply hand sanitiser before entry into the Museum. There are hand sanitiser stations at Museum entrances and throughout the Museum.
  • General visitors will be able to check their temperature with an automatic temperature scanner before entry into the Museum. Teachers are encouraged to carry out a temperature check of all attending students, teachers and helpers prior to departing school groups and / or attending the Museum.
  • Water fountains are only available for refilling of water bottles.
  • For more information on COVID-19 requirements visit the WA Government website.

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

  • Check this webpage 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, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of smell or taste, should not attend the excursion.
  • Schools are encouraged to carry out a temperature check of all students, teachers and parent helpers before departing on an excursion to the Museum. Parent helpers who arrive independently should use the temperature scanner at the Museum.
  • Schools are encouraged to increase supervision ratios, where practicable, to one (1) supervisor to six (6) children for primary school groups. This will assist with physical distancing and to allow supervised groups to spread out across the galleries inside the Museum.
  • Ensure students practice good hygiene while inside the Museum.
  • Before attending the Museum, brief students on expected behaviour inside the Museum, including physical distancing and hygiene requirements.

Museum specific actions:

WA Maritime Museum

  • School excursions for HMAS Ovens are currently still operating at the ratio of 1 adult and ten students per half hour tour.
  • The Under the Dome Experience has now re-opened for school group audiences only during term time.
  • Immigration Stories is an interactive high-touch program that involves student participation in activities, handling of objects and some dress-ups. Students will be asked to apply hand-sanitiser before the start of this program.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

  • Shipwrecked!, 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. The program has been modified where practicable. Students will be asked to apply hand-sanitiser before the start of this program.

Museum of the Great Southern

  • No additional restrictions.

Museum of Geraldton

  • There will reduced capacity of ten (10) people for the From Great Depths 3D film and it will only run every 20 minutes. If this is an essential part of your visit please discuss rotations when booking.

Museum of the Goldfields

  • No additional restrictions.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

  • No additional restrictions.

Contact For any assistance email education@museum.wa.gov.au or call 1300 134 081.