Shipwrecks Self-Guided Excursions



Monday to Friday during term

Historical knowledge and understanding
Year Level
All year levels

The WA Shipwrecks Museum welcomes self-guided school excursions.

Self-guided excursions of the permanent galleries are free and let you explore the WA Shipwrecks Museum at your own pace. Visit Exhibitions for more information about our permanent galleries.

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

Activity resources are available below, including the popular precinct walking trail A Trek Through Time.


Please note that from 11 to 29 October the galleries in the WA Shipwrecks Museum will be undergoing some refurbishment work.

The planned work will mean some displays will not be available for public viewing at certain times, but the work will be limited to particular areas and will not affect multiple areas at the same time.

If you are concerned that these works may impact your planned visit, we would encourage you to consider alternative dates.



We currently do not take online bookings for self-guided school excursions. Please send an email to with the following details and we will begin to process your booking.

  1. Self-guided (or program name)
  2. Preferred visit date (and alternate if not available)
  3. Number of classes & student numbers in each class
  4. Teacher name, email and contact mobile
  5. School

We look forward to welcoming your students on an excursion soon.


At the Museum: Self-guided activities

Our self-guided activities encourage students to engage with the whole museum, appreciate its collection in sometimes new or different ways, and consider what different sources of information can reveal.

Before your visit to the museum:

  1. Print off the desired number of worksheets and bring these with you on the day.
  2. Please provide your own clipboards and pencils if you choose to use them.

Upon arrival at the museum:

  1. Divide your class into small groups, each with a parent helper. Ensure parent helpers are briefed on the activity.
  2. Encourage groups to start at different points in the museum to avoid congestion.
  3. Students may need to read information panels as well as look at the objects to complete the tasks.

Back at school:

  1. You may wish to have students share their responses to the worksheets, or conduct further research on their findings.

Available student activity worksheets (for classes not participating in a facilitated session):

Years 2-3 – Past and Present [PDF 5.52MB]

Year 4 – Exploration and Discovery [PDF 1.94MB]

Year 4 – Exploration and Discovery with Answers [PDF 1.95MB]

A is for Artefact [PDF 978KB]

Object Analysis [PDF 1.04MB]

Teachable Moments [PDF 980KB]


A Trek Through Time

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.

Students participating in this program will:

  • Walk in small groups between the WA Shipwrecks Museum and WA Maritime Museum
  • Imagine what the locations would have been like 200 years ago
  • Visit landmarks along the way such as Bathers Beach, The Roundhouse, Whalers Tunnel, CY O’Connor statue
  • Debrief as a group at the WA Maritime Museum or WA Shipwrecks Museum

Find out more about A Trek Through Time