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City Kids
The Mandurah Community Museum Education Programs are developing alongside gallery development and with special exhibitions. Please contact the Education Officer to find out what the museum can offer your class.


The Mandurah Community Museum is a resource for teachers to utilise to support their classroom programs. While we have a local history focus it's a resource that can be creatively used for all learning areas.

Have a look through the Ideas Bank . contact the Education Officer . visit the museum . borrow an object . invite the museum to your school .

Objects for loan
Objects from the past are available for loan. Objects can be used for a variety of purposes from springboarding a study about life in the past to inspiring a work of art.

Theme Box
Theme based boxes with information, resources and activities which support the exploration of Mandurah specific topics.

Invite the Education Officer to your school to talk about the museum, Mandurah’s history or heritage objects.

Programs and tours available include:

  • museum tour
  • museum + graveyard heritage tour
  • museum + inner city heritage tour
  • museum + federation heritage artwalk
  • children’s map
  • self-guided tour
See the programs page for more details.

Throughout the year special exhibitions are mounted that may be relevant to your programming. In January we celebrated the anniversary of the Borehole Rescue. The story was recorded in photographs and oral histories of those who were present. See what’s on for more.

Research Information
Mandurah Community Museum has all the resources you need to set a research project for students. Resources include oral histories, books, reports, maps, photos and newspapers.

Teachers' Idea Bank

These pdfs are for...

Museum in a Classroom
Photo Study
Interrogate an Object
Object Analysis
Murder at Fouracres
The Art of Archaeology
What is a museum?
Excursion visits for Lower Primary

Planning your visit

School Excursion Days
School Group bookings are available on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Bookings Essential
Please use our on-line booking facility or phone: (08) 9550 3680

Prior notice of school group visit
We require a minimum of 2 weeks prior notice.

Entry by gold coin donation

Teacher pre-visit planning
It is preferable that a brief pre-visit meeting between Teachers and the Museum Education Officer take place 2 weeks before the excursion time.

Group size
Mandurah Community Museum has a maximum capacity of 50 persons. supervision requirements

Primary School
Excursion organisers to ensure a ratio of one adult for every 5 children for the duration of the Museum visit.

Senior School
Ratio of one adult to every 8 students.

Insurance cover
Mandurah Community Museum is covered by the City of Mandurah Public Liability Insurance $100,000,000.00

Police Clearance
All Staff and volunteers at Mandurah Community Museum have current Police Clearance.

Bus access/parking
The preferred drop-off and pick-up point for buses is in the car park at the rear of the Museum, beside the Historical Society garage. This area is marked in yellow. Limited parking is available at the rear of the Museum.

Emergency Response Planning
School Groups will be instructed of the Museum Emergency Evacuation Plan upon arrival, should the need to evacuate the premises arise.

With thanks to the WA Museum for advice and supporting materials.


When the number of people visiting Mandurah started to increase in the 1920s, it started to generate a few practical problems. At this time, toilet waste was collected by the ‘night man', who would take waste away by horse and cart. Most visitors were experienced campers and did the right thing, but sanitary issues were a concern.

When septic tanks were installed in the 1930s, it helped with the removal of waste, but created another problem. In Mandurah, people obtained water from wells which were often close to septic tank outfalls - creating a contamination risk. The Brighton Hotel pumped their effluent into the estuary as its septic system did not work properly. The hotel eventually installed a better system, but the discharge into the estuary from the town continued to be a problem, until the area was completely ‘deep sewered', in the 1980s.

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