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.

We’re going to have a Whale of a Time at our next program in January 2018!
Whaling made Hobart rich, but protecting whales makes us all richer

Dates:   Monday, 22 January: 10 am - 12 noon
             Tuesday, 23 January: 10 am - 12 noon  
             Wednesday, 24 January: 10 am - 12 noon

Ages:    7-12 years

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

Many will have seen the recent media coverage of a whale enjoying a day off Kingston Beach. They are beautiful creatures, which rightly should be protected. Each spring and summer, we are seeing more whales coming back into Tasmanian waters. However, times weren’t always so good for whales.

Did you know that when Europeans settlers first came to the River Derwent two hundred years ago, there were so many whales that one man thought he could almost walk across the river on their backs? Have you ever wondered what was so special about whales that they were hunted almost to extinction 150 years ago?  Some merchants and ships captains literally made their fortunes from the whaling industry. At one time there were over 30 whaling ships working out of Hobart. But, it was a dirty, smelly and disgusting business.

Nineteenth Century Whalers Discharging their cargoes of oil at New Wharf
(we call it Princes Wharf today) Photo from MMT Collection

So, we will take you back in time to learn about the history of whaling in and around early Hobart. We will have some great smelly stories to tell about life on a whaling ship.

Then we will head off to the docks where you are going to make a whale. Yes, that’s right (well, not a real one, but it’s going to be BIG). And we are going to learn about whale conservation and what we can all do to ensure these beautiful and graceful mammals keep coming back to Tasmanian waters.


A humpback whale underwater.
Photo U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Wikimedia Commons

Places are limited, so please call us on 6234 1427 or email to make a booking. Children need to be accompanied by a guardian.