Visiting with a school

Connections across the Coral Sea highlights the rich relationships of First Nations communities through contacts, trade and shared customs, such as technology, language, stories and spirituality.

Teachers and students can gain insight into Australian Archaeology and ancient evidence of movement among First Nations peoples.

Discover stories and objects from the seafaring cultures of southern New Guinea, the Torres Strait and northeast cost of Queensland.  

  • People and place – identities, stories, language, culture, movement, interaction
  • Everyday life – trade and exchange, transportation, personal effects, diet, tools
  • Art and design – design (decorative/functional elements), materials, changes and influences
  • Beliefs – symbols, customs, ritual, ceremony, spiritual connection
  • Connecting with the past – archaeology, science, technology, research

Students can explore the earliest movements and international trade between the First Nations of Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait and northern Queensland, and learn how their sea voyages took place as well as the spiritual connection to the incredible canoes, integral to the seafaring way of life. 

This exhibition also reveals the modern research and technologies used to investigate Australia’s ancient past. Step inside a life-sized, replica archaeological excavation trench to find evidence of the activity of First Nations people that lived over 6500 years ago. 

Supporting teachers and learners

Resources can be downloaded for Primary and Secondary students and their teachers.

When planning your visit, extra information for visiting schools and groups will guide you through your options and the booking process.

Complete our school booking form to book your visit.

Teacher Notes include an introduction to the exhibition, links to other supporting information and extensive Australian Curriculum connections. 

Skills sub-strands at all year levels can be supported when visiting a museum. An exhibition experience can be used to critique, inform, inspire and provide several examples of:

  • Primary and secondary sources of information (collections, research, exhibitions and associated material) 
  • Identifying chronological terms and concepts 
  • Engaging multiple literacies to express content, context, perspectives and arguments that propose and/or explain historical inquiry
  • Critique changes in cultural heritage sector regarding ownership of cultural material
Student Explorer workbooks and/or a Guided Introduction can be integrated to your visit experience.

Exhibition Introduction: Connections across the Coral Sea

Availability: Term 4, 2022
Audience: Years 4-12 
Curriculum: HASS | History | Science | Design and Technologies | Visual Arts
Duration: Allow 45 minutes per session (includes self-led student exploration time).
Free. Bookings essential.

Students can prepare for their exploration of Connections across the Coral Sea with guidance from Museum Learning staff. Share insights into some key objects, exhibition themes and prompts to start the inquiry process.

Groups may use the downloadable Student Explorer workbooks (below) to extend their visits experience.


Teacher Notes

Student Explorer workbooks 

Exhibition Map (available soon)

Identifying zones, Cartography, Seafaring, Archaeology, Cultural Exchange and virtual archaeological dig.

Queensland Museum Blogs 

BOOK NOW – bookings essential for all visiting groups.
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