School Holiday Program

The museum organises exciting and informative maritime themed activities during most school holidays. Details of forthcoming programmes will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

What lies beneath - Maritime Archaeology! 

Dates:   Monday 1st October: 10am - 12 noon
             Thursday 4th October: 10am - 12 noon
             Monday 8th October: 10am - 12 noon
             Thursday 11 October: 10am - 12 noon

Ages:    6-13 years

Cost: $5.00 per family  (for this fee you gain entry to the whole Museum on the day).

It is often said the key to our future lies in the past, so it is very important that we learn as much from our history as possible. Maritime archaeology is a fascinating way of discovering more about the ships and sailors that worked around Tasmania. Shipwrecks often contain a treasure trove of material that can tell us more about the past. But it can take a lot of work to  find shipwrecks and objects under the waves. And it can take even more work to bring those objects back to the surface and identify what they are. 

Our program will have lots of interesting and fun activities to help you become a maritime archaeologist.    


Wreck of the Netherby on King Island

We will talk about some important  shipwrecks around Tasmania  and what was found on them. We will also have our own ‘shipwreck’ that you will investigate to find and identify interesting and unusual objects. We will have some ‘mystery’ challenges as well as lots of fun activities, stories, drawing and colouring in for the younger ones. 

Artefacts recovered from the Brahmin (image courtesy Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service)

And this is all happening when we have our new exhibition on display: “Submerged – Stories of Australian Shipwrecks”. This is a major travelling exhibiton from the Australian National Maritime Museum. So you can see many fascinating tales of shipwrecks around Australia.

Places are limited, so please call us on 6234 1427 or email to make a booking.

Children need to be accompanied by a guardian.