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Information for schools

Our fascination with the ocean depths is documented from the sea monsters of legends and popular culture, to cutting edge science exploration. This exhibition reveals some of the mysteries of Deep Oceans.

What you need to know to plan your school or group visit to Deep Oceans:

  • Recommended age suitability: Years 3-10.
  • Recommended time in exhibition: allow 45 – 60 mins per session.
  • Group Size: Groups will be booked as subgroups of 75 students per rotation

The exhibition experience

The exhibition explores themes of survival and adaptations to exploration - from mythologies to technologies:

  • Exhibition Introduction: What do we know about our deep oceans… and what don’t we know? Explore facts, fossils and fantasy.
  • Physical Conditions: Follow the tunnel to submerge ocean depths. This section depicts challenges such as visibility, temperature and pressure of a deep sea environment.
  • Habitats: Find out what a sea mount, black smoker and abyssal plain is. Discover the diverse life forms that have adapted to live in these inhospitable locations.
  • Technologies: How do we know about the depths of our oceans? How can we find out more?  Scientists explore uncharted territory with submersible equipment.
  • Adaptations: Survival is determined by amazing adaptations for extreme conditions in the ocean depths.
  • Research and Resources: Scientists are investigating threats to these fragile habitats and ways we can contribute to their protection.

Learning Resources

This exhibition has been developed by Australian Museum in partnership with Questacon. A comprehensive Education Resource Kit (1881 KB) pdf document icon (written for years 3-10) includes strategies for before, during and after your visit, as well as integrating a range of hands-on activities for extended learning in the classroom.  Activities have been categorised into Explore and Survive to align with exhibition content.

An exhibition map (228 KB) pdf document icon can help you manage your visit experience.

For information on deep sea expeditions in Qld waters (external sites):

Helpful links are listed at the end of the kit and also on the Australian Museum and Questacon sites. Information includes interviews, film footage, maps and data compiled by National and International organisations participating in oceanic exploration.

Curriculum links

The Education Resource Kit is comprised of a range of cross-curricular classroom activities. Activities include:

  • An introduction for Teachers providing background information with real-world application, examples and references.
  • Objectives
  • Materials and instructions with inquiry questions and safety advice
  • Some extension activities

This table (238 KB) pdf document icon lists activity links to Science and Mathematics curriculum. The activities also integrate Geography, The Arts, Technologies and Literacy.


For your convenience, group admission charges are invoiced following your visit. Admission to the exhibition is GST Free.

Schools & Groups (10+): $9 per student.
Supervising Adult admitted FREE as per ratios, listed below.
Additional adults will be charged at children’s ticket prices of $9 per entry.

Supervising adult/child ratio


 Number of children 
 Prep Primary  Years 8 - 10  Years 11 & above 
 1 adult free for every  3     5  10  15


Megadeal tickets offer discounted entry to the Sciencentre when attending Deep Oceans:

Children/students: $15.00
Supervising adults are FREE as per ratio listed above
Additional Adult Megadeal tickets: $20.00

How to book

Pre-booking is essential. Your booking request can include other Museum and/or Sciencentre exhibits as part of your visit.

Bookings can be arranged using our online Booking Form. For further queries about your booking, please contact our Group Booking Officer on education@qm.qld.gov.au or (07) 3840 7608 (8:30am – 3:30pm).

Additional information is available to help you plan your visit: