School Excursions

Information for Teachers, Educators and Schools

  • About


    The Australian National Maritime Museum is bursting with educational opportunities for school students and offers truly unique excursions, virtual excursions and incursions for students and teachers alike.

    Our qualified and experienced teacher guides run over 30 educational programs across a number of curriculum areas. Sessions are imaginative and hands-on and suitable for students from Kindergarten to Year 12.


    Pre-book for 50% off Horrible Histories Pirates

    Contact us before Tuesday 1 March 2016 to make a booking for Term 1 2016

    Book a visit to Horrible Histories Pirates for Term 1 2016 before 1 March 2016 and receive a 50% discount ($3.50 for each student, instead of the usual $7). Prices will revert to $7/student on 1 March.

    Are you a K-3 teacher? Book Pirate School for 2016 and get a FREE visit to Horrible Histories Pirates: The Exhibition. Book now as spaces are limited.


    Three easy steps to organising your excursion, virtual excursion or incursion

    1. Choose a program from below
    2. Make a booking / Contact us
    3. Plan your visit / Essential safety and supervision information

    1. Choose a program

    Click on the links in the tables below to learn more about each program.

    Please note: 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. All bookings include FREE entry to museum exhibitions and HMAS Vampire, time permitting.

    High School Programs
    Program Curriculum References Price per student
    Historical Pyrmont
    History years 7-10 $12
    History of Swimwear
    NSW Technology Textiles and Design years 11-12 $15
    History years 9-10 $12
    Maritime archaeology History years 7-10
    Marine and Aquaculture technology year 9-10
    My Special Place
    NSW Aboriginal studies years 7-10
    History years 7-10
    Visual Arts 7-10
    Pyrmont walk Geography years 9-10 $12
    Science and the sea Science years 7-8 $12
    Senior maritime archaeology Ancient History years 11-12 $15
    Senior Pyrmont Walk Geography years 11-12 $15
    Shipwreck sleuths Science years 9-10  $12
    Shipwrecks corrosion and conservation Chemistry years 11-12  $22
    What is history?
    History years 7-8

    Primary School Programs
    Program Curriculum References
    Price per student
    HMB Endeavour HSIE years 3-6 $9
    Life aboard a tall ship HSIE years 5-6
    My Special Place
    HSIE years 3-6 $9
    HSIE years 3-6
    Pirate School
    Cross Curriculum F-2
    Shipwreck stories  HSIE years 3-6 $12
    Splash  Cross Curriculum F-2
    Simple Machines
    Science and Technology years 3-4
    Submarine Adventure
    Science and Technology years 3-6 $10
    Technology of Gold
    Cross Curriculum years 3-6 $9
    Cross curriculum years 1-2

    Special Programs
    Curriculum References
    Price per student
    Museum Highlights  No specific reference, suitable for all ages $7
    Shackleton exhibition
    HSIE years 5-6

    Virtual Excursions
    Curriculum References
    Price per student
    Pirates from Cyberspace Attack! Cross curriculum
    Inspiring Stories Series
    Dependent on speaker
    ANMM Unlocked Dependent on topic
    Water and Indigenous People Cross curriculum
    Indigenous Studies
    Endeavour 3D
    History years 3-4
    History years 9-10
    Science and technology 7-8

    Curriculum References
    Price per student
    Pirates to you Cross curriculum
    Where do you think it goes?
    Science and Environment

    Add a vessel tour or cruise
    Tour Price per student
    HMB Endeavour $5
    Tall Ship James Craig $4
    Submarine HMAS Onslow $3
    Harbour Cruise
     Please contact us for pricing

    2. Make a booking / Contact us

    Bookings and enquiries:

    Other contact details:

    • Postal address: 2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    • Fax: (02) 9298 3660

    Subscribe to our Teachers E-Newsletter. Help plan your school year and term with info on current events, special offers, sneak previews of exhibitions, and invitations to our occasional focus groups.

    3. Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information

    Before embarking on your excursion, please:

    • Print and complete the School WH & S Risk Management Plan (PDF, 83kb)
    • Organise supervision for your group in the following ratios: 1 supervising adult per 10 students for years K–6; 1 supervising adult per 15 students for years 7–12.
    • Prepare your Resource Materials (if applicable). For some programs, student notes will be sent to you prior to your visit. Please photocopy one set of notes per student and ensure that they bring them (and pencils) to the museum.

    How to get here:

    • Car parking & public transport: there are lots of options to choose from on our Getting Here page.
    • School bus parking can be arranged FREE of charge. Advance bookings essential: (02) 9298 3655.

    Once you arrive:

    • Students must stay within the museum precinct. 
    • School bags: to be placed in the museum’s secure storage area.
    • Photos and videos: students are welcome to take photos and video in the museum (no flash) for personal, non-commercial use only. Some temporary exhibitions may have restrictions so please check at the front desk when you arrive.
    • Social media: you can share your posts and photos with us by tagging @anmmuseum / #anmm on Twitter and Instagram or by liking us on Facebook.  
    • Food and drink: see our Eating & Drinking page.
    • Accessiblity: the museum is an accessible venue. If you are travelling with students with special needs, please see our Accessibility Guide.
  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    A group of children seated in a program at the museumA group of children on a school visit in the Royal Australian Navy gallery at the museumA group of children on board the James Craig tall shipA group of children on exploring the James Craig tall shipA group of uniformed school children listening to a museum education guide on board the HMB Endeavour replica