Life aboard a tall ship

School Excursion Program

  • This program involves a visit to the restored 1874 cargo ship James Craig to investigate how a tall ship was operated and what life was like on board.


    Curriculum references (NSW)

    NSW HSIE Stages 3
    Change and Continuity CCS3.1
    Science and technology PPS3.4, PSS3.5


    Program structure

    Students receive a guided tour both above and below decks. They learn what it was like to serve as a crew member, visit the captain's cabin and handle cargo and ship's equipment.

    An additional component is available where students encounter the 'Phantom of the Sea' in an interactive theatrical performance. This performance is not included in the standard program and must be booked separately. This program includes access to the tall ship James Craig.


    More information

    • Price: $10 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.
    • 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

    Fill in our online booking enquiry form


    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".

    Children participating in an education program on a tall shipTwo visitors stand near the wheel of a tall ship Visitors on a tall ship in Darling Harbour, SydneyChildren participating in an education program on a tall shipVisitors boarding tall ship JAMES CRAIG