Visiting the South Australian Maritime Museum: a guide for teachers

This Guide has been created for teachers, to help plan their visit to the museum, and provide some ideas for classroom activities before and after a class visit.

There are lots of great resources and activities that can be explored in the classroom, even if you can’t make it to the museum in person.

Download the pdf booklet here:

Visiting SAMM- a Guide for Teachers

An Indigenous History of the Port

An online video with a supporting resources for teachers wishing to explore the Indigenous history of Port Adelaide with their students. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be warned this video may contain images of deceased people.

In this video, LeFevre High School students interview Margaret and Kathleen Brodie to learn about the Aboriginal history in Port Adelaide.

This video can be watched in its entirety, or viewed as individual chapters.

Life On Board

This program asks students to consider the experience of life on board for migrants voyaging by ship from England to South Australia in 1836; Where did they sleep, what did they eat and drink, how did they cope with illness on board, and how did they while away the long days on deck? We also explore the changing motivations for migrating over time and the evolution of sea travel from sailing ships through to steam and modern cruise liners.

Suitability: Can be adapted for Years 4 – 6

Cost: $6 per student (teachers and adults are free within a 1:5 ratio)

Availability: Monday – Friday (subject to availability)

Program includes:

  • Participation in a workshop to learn about the living conditions faced by migrants voyaging by ship from England.
  • Understanding and identifying the reason people migrate.
  • Investigate and understand the evolution of sea travel from sailing ships through to steam and modern cruise liners.
  • Take part a range of deck games that passengers may have played to pass the time onboard.

Teacher Resources:

Please print the following resources for your visit:

Australian Curriculum: History

Historical skills, knowledge, and understanding

Year 4:

Locate relevant information from sources provided.

Identify different points of view.

Year 5:

The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony.

Year 6:

Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia and the reasons they migrated.


Play the Life on Board Kahoot! quiz here! 


The History Trust’s South Australian Maritime Museum is committed to keeping our visitors, our people and our volunteers safe.

As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, our full range of education programs will return. In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to keep you and other visitors COVIDSafe. Please continue to contact us with education inquiries and stay in touch to find out about our digital education programs as they develop.

How can my students learn through the SA Maritime Museum?

How can my students learn through the SA Maritime Museum?

  • Visit the SA Maritime Museum at the beginning, middle or end of a learning program to stimulate, inform or consolidate the learning process for your students.
  • A visit to the SA Maritime Museum can include a range of experiences in the Bond Store, a lighthouse climb, and Port River cruise.
  • Book your students into one of the education programs; participate in professional development or special events. Information about these programs can be found on the website.
  • Contact the Education Manager at the SA Maritime Museum for assistance in planning your museum visit and other learning experiences. The Education Manager can support you in accessing relevant resources for your learning program and in planning appropriate strategies to support all learners.
  • Please take the time to read our Frequently Asked Questions to ensure your visit is a successful experience for your students.

Contact the Museum for more information:
Phone (08) 8207 6255 or email

Consider the wider Port Adelaide precinct when planning your learning experiences.