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 email firstname.lastname@example.org. A School or Group Booking form is available which may be printed out, completed and forwarded to the Museum.
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.
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 (7715kb)
2. Maritime Explorers and Navigators
Activities involve students in the exploits, hazards, and activities of navigators.
Middle Primary Module - Maritime Explorers and Navigators (8768kb)
3. Maritime Detectives
Students use primary and secondary sources to uncover maritime history.
Upper Primary Module - Maritime Detectives (8862kb)
1. War Stories
Explore aspects of Queensland's role in World War Two
Lower Secondary Module - War Stories (13228kb)
2. Light, Engines, Actions
Science at sea.
Lower Secondary Module - Lights, Engines, Actions (6732kb)