Science and the sea

School Excursion Program

  • This program looks at how science works in maritime environments and how scientific principles operate in a museum context.

    Curriculum references (NSW)

    NSW science Stage 4
    The Nature and Practice of Science 4.2
    The Applications and Uses of Science 4.3
    Performing First-Hand Investigations 4 14

    Program structure


    The workshop focuses on four areas of science related to the sea - buoyancy, corrosion, communication and navigation. These are investigated through a series of observations, activities and experiments. Other options may be available dependent on temporary exhibitions.


    The guided tour of the museum takes students through various galleries where they are able to identify the many and varied branches of science which are represented by the objects displayed.

    Vessels visit

    During the school supervised tour of the vessels students are encouraged to look for evidence of the observations made in the work shop. These include:

    • methods of communication
    • signs of corrosion
    • methods of protecting vessels
    • methods of navigation

    NOTE: access to the submarine HMAS Onslow is included in the price of this program.

    More information

    • Price: $12 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


    Phone: (02) 9298 3655

    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".

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