Bass Strait Maritime Centre


Spark your students’ curiosity.

Australian Curriculum

Program structure

Have you ever thought about why a fish looks how it does? Why do flying fish have large pectoral fins, or anglerfish a strange dorsal fin?

Your students will look to answer these questions and more through a hands-on educational workshop. Students will learn about evolutionary adaptation principles while discussing and viewing fish preserved in jars from the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. Following the discussion, a hands-on workshop will give them a chance to apply their new knowledge to create their own fish out of clay while taking into account what it eats, where it lives and how it gets around. The students’ clay creations can be taken back to school for a further art/natural history lesson.


Recommended Age

Grades 3 – 6 recommended but can be adapted upon consultation.


Allow approx. 2 hours (dependent on student numbers). This timing also includes a self-guided tour of the museum.


Price: $7.00 per student, $5.00 per teacher/educator/supervisor*

*Take the Helm simulator experience is available to students during the self-guided tour period at a cost of $2.00 / 3 students. Interest in using simulator must be expressed at time of booking.

More information
  • Bookings are essential. Please get in touch via phone or email to make a booking.
  • We cannot offer school workshops on weekends.
  • A supervisor/student ratio of 1:12 applies.
  • Start and finish times will be explained at the time of your booking. We can generally accommodate your school’s needs.
  • You are welcome to take recess or lunch on Joshua Slocum Park at the Centre (no undercover area) before or after your visit, but mid-program breaks will add additional time to your visit and must be arranged at time of booking.