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Bring history to life for your students with an excursion at Bunbury Museum + Heritage Centre. 

Our teacher-designed programs are planned around the WA curriculum history outcomes and provide an engaging insight into Bunbury's history. Our current primary school programs are listed below. 

Excursions can be adapted to meet the needs of students of all abilities and can cater to groups of varying ages, such as homeschoolers.  

We can also offer tours for older students and can adapt our tour content to suit the current focus of your class’ learning - covering topics as diverse as healthcare and French culture. 

    • Excursions are available at 10am and 12.30pm, Wednesday to Friday. 
    • Sessions run for approximately two hours. 
    • We request a gold-coin donation per student. This can be paid by cash or EFTPOS on the day, or in advance through the City of Bunbury e-Services portal. 
    • Bus parking is available directly in front of the Museum by prior arrangement. 
    • We have toilet facilities inside the Museum, including an accessible toilet. 
    • The building is fully wheelchair accessible. 
    • It is the responsibility of the school to arrange a supervisory team of adults during the excursion. Museum staff will facilitate the session, but will not manage behaviour or supervise students. 
    • All resources for the excursion are provided, including an activity sheet and pencils. 
    • See the links below for our Certificate of Currency, Visual Story, and Teacher Resource guide. 
  • Primary School Programs

  • Duration: 2 hours 

    Content: Students learn about the history of the Paisley Centre building and participate in activities which show how school life has changed over time.


    • Tour of Museum with focus on the history of the building
    • Hands-on heritage classroom experience
    • Independent Museum exploration activity 


    Western Australian Curriculum Links:  

    How the stories of families and the past can be communicated and passed down from generation to generation (e.g. photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media, museums) and how the stories may differ, depending on who is telling them (ACHASSK013)

    Year 1 
    The differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods (e.g. family traditions, leisure time, communications) and how daily lives have changed (ACHASSK030) 

    Year 2 
    The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the localcommunity and what it reveals about the past (ACHASSK044) 

    The importance today of an historical site (e.g. community building, landmark, war memorial, rock painting, engraving) and why it has heritage significance and cultural value for present generations (e.g. a record of a significant historical event, aesthetic value, reflects the community‘s identity) (ACHASSK045) 

    Year 3 
    One important example of change and one important example of continuity over time in the localcommunity, region or state/territory (e.g. in relation to the areas of transport, work, education, natural and built environments, entertainment, daily life) (ACHASSK062) 

  • Duration: 2 hours 

    Content: Students learn about early journeys to Bunbury. They engage in activities which teach them about maritime navigation and early European exploration and settlement of the area. 


    • Tour of Museum with focus on first contact and early European visits 
    • Early navigation talk with hands-on sextant activity 
    • Independent museum exploration activity incorporating compass use 


    Western Australian Curriculum Links: 

    Year 4 
    The journey(s) of at least one world navigator, explorer or trader up to the late 18th century (e.g. Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan), including their contacts and exchanges with societies in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, and the impact on one society (ACHASSK084)

    Year 5 
    The economic, political and social reasons for establishing British colonies in Australia after 1800 (e.g. the establishment of penal colonies) (ACHASSK106)

  • Museum School Excursion and Group Visit Enquiry

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    The Museum team will be in touch to confirm your visit and ask for further information if required.

    Guided tours and activities are dependent on staff and facility availability.

    Please note that some activities attract a nominal fee which we will confirm with you prior to your visit.

    Educators are responsible for providing appropriate supervision and managing behaviour of all students.