School Excursion Program

  • This program involves a workshop investigating various aspects of immigration, and tours of galleries and a Vietnamese migrant boat.

    Curriculum references (NSW)

    NSW History Stage 5
    Changing Rights and Freedoms 5.1 5.3 5.8

    Program structure

    The workshop investigates immigration history and a specific voyage of the migrant boat, the Orcades, using objects from the 1950s. This interactive workshops encourages students to empathise with migrants of the 1950s, including child migrants, and to understand why migration occurred. As part of the workshop students also investigate the Japanese war brides exhibit and draw conclusions about the difficulties faced by those women coming to Australia and compare them to migrant groups today.

    Students examine the museum's exhibits relating to different stories of migration, including British child migrants, and learn about the hardships and happiness associated with migration schemes. Students also view the 1970s Vietnamese refugee boat Tu Do (Freedom) from the wharf and evaluate the problems of crowding, distance, perils at sea and the difficulties of preparing for such a journey from a Communist country.

    More information

    • Price: $15 per student. Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in 'Plan Your Visit' below. Additional adults will be charged the student rate.
    • A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies.
    • Duration and start/finish times: contingent upon student numbers and will be arranged and explained during booking (see 'Make a Booking' below).
    • Breaks: you're welcome to take recess or lunch at the museum before or after the program, but mid-program breaks must be arranged at time of booking.
    • Entry to exhibitions and vessels: all bookings include FREE entry to museum exhibitions and HMAS Vampire, time permitting. All other vessels require pre-booking. A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies on HMAS Vampire.
    • Location: all programs begin and end at the Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

    Make a booking / Contact us

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    Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information

    Before embarking on your excursion, please visit our School Excursions page and read all the information under "Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information".

    Visitors gathered around a boat on the Australian National Maritime Museum wharvesStudents gathered around a world map