The Queensland Maritime Museum welcomes visits by school groups, either independently or as part of a structured maritime history experience. Visits may be programmed as part of a day excursion, which includes studies of the City. Tours may be managed by teachers or the Museum can supply trained volunteer guides for the group. At least 48 hours prior notice is required to ensure availability of guides.

The Museum can offer a large number of experiences to enhance the learning in primary and secondary subject areas. These could include:

  • Early Navigators

    Looks at their voyages along the Australian coast from Janszoon to Parker-King.

  • Navigation

    Looks at the shipwrecks  and the development and use of navigational instruments.

  • World War 2 History

    Inspection of World War 2 relics, particularly River Class frigate HMAS Diamantina.

  • Brisbane History

    Inspection of South Brisbane Graving Dock and discussion on the coaling wharves.

  • Technology at Sea

    Steam engines, lighthouses, radar, ASDIC, radio, steering, gyro compass, depth charges.

  • Life at Sea

    Conditions on Diamantina and Penguin, duties, equipment, travel.

  • Mathematics

    Apply learning to practical exercises.

Parking for coaches is available in the Museum grounds, but must be pre-arranged.

Discounted entry fees and concessions exist for school tours. See Admission Tickets for details.

To book a school visit, phone 07 3844 5361, fax 07 3846 1945 or use our contact form. A School or Group Booking form is available which may be printed out, completed and forwarded to the Museum.

To assist schools in their risk assessment for an excursion, the Museum has available a Risk Identification and Classification of Risks for download.

Five educational learning modules (2 middle primary, 1 upper primary and 2 lower secondary) have been developed to give students some insight into Queensland’s rich maritime history.

Each module provides a complete program of activities that focus on one aspect of the exhibits featured at the Queensland Maritime Museum. They include activities that can be undertaken before a visit to the museum; interactive activities conducted at the museum; and post-visit activities to help students synthesise their understandings.

Primary School

1. Life on the waves

Students investigate life at sea in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At the museum students may play roles in “Requestmen and Defaulters”.

Middle Primary Module – A life on the ocean wave

2. Maritime Explorers and Navigators

Activities involve students in the exploits, hazards, and activities of navigators.

Middle Primary Module – Maritime Explorers and Navigators

3. Maritime Detectives

Students use primary and secondary sources to uncover maritime history.

Upper Primary Module – Maritime Detectives

 Secondary School

1. War Stories

Explore aspects of Queensland’s role in World War Two

Lower Secondary Module – War Stories

2. Light, Engines, Actions

Science at sea.

Lower Secondary Module – Lights, Engines, Actions