The program has three components - a hands on session where students rotate through four workstations involving identification of corrosion products, conditions affecting rates of corrosion, desalination of an object and various methods of protection against corrosion. This session is accompanied by an AV presentation.

The second component comprises a tour of the museum galleries with focus on conserved objects such as the Sirius and Vernon anchors, and objects retrieved from the wreck of The Dunbar.

The final component is a school supervised tour of the destroyer HMAS Vampire and the submarine HMAS Onslow.

Curriculum references (NSW)

NSW Chemistry Stage 6
Option  9.6 - Shipwrecks Corrosion and Conservation
9.6.2, 9.6.4, 9.6.5, 9.6.6, 9.6.7

Program structure


Students are involved in experiments and observations and are required to predict and record their results on their activity sheets.


As the tour proceeds, students are encouraged to ask questions and record their answers on the activity sheet.

Vessel visit

Following a discussion about the metals used in the construction of the vessels and the methods of protection used, schools are encouraged to visit each vessel.

Students must be supervised at all times whilst on board.

Access to the submarine HMAS Onslow is included in the price of this program.


Price: $22 per student.

Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in Plan Your School Visit. Additional adults will be charged the student rate.

More information

  • Duration and start/finish times: contingent upon student numbers and will be arranged and explained during 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.