Get Shipwrecked at the Museum of Tropical Queensland!

17 September 2010

From 20 September to 1 October, the museum needs all hands on deck to hunt for treasure, fire the cannon and join in the nautical fun and games!

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the Shipwrecked holiday program would turn the scurviest landlubber into a salty sea dog.

“The museum is packed with maritime wonders, from the Pandora shipwreck display, to the Langley dive helmet collection and the immersive Your Shipwreck Adventure,” Mr McLeod said.

“The Shipwrecked holiday program is a great opportunity to discover more about life at sea in past times.”

The Museum will also run two of its popular led activities: Survivor, in which teams of children learn how to survive on a desert island; and Sunken History, where kids explore and recover objects from a shipwreck.

Other activities include:

  • learning the ropes as a sailor with the Seafarers Ticket;
  • a Treasure Trail around the museum with your own piece of treasure as a reward
  • creating your own shoulder parrot, pirate hat or treasure chest at our craft and colouring table;
  • listening to some of the yarns told in the Pirate Tales story-telling sessions;
  • learning how the Museum preserves real artefacts in the conservation mini-lab;
  • and visiting the museum on Friday 1 October, dressed as a pirate for a chance to win some fantastic loot!

Throughout the holidays and until November, the Museum will be running a story contest for children from Prep to Year 9. Find out more details at the front desk or online and write or draw about a shipwreck adventure to win a prize pack. Some of the prizes to be won include Museum gift packs and gift vouchers from Angus & Robertson Castletown and Entropy Toys at Domain.

Bookings are essential for the led activities and sand art by phoning the Museum on 4726 0600.

For a full program of events, visit

Museum of Tropical Queensland School Holiday Programs are supported by BHP Cannington.

Entry to the museum is free for residents of local councils through the Council Community Pass, generously supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook Councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.

Media Contacts:    Stephen Wilson 4726 0604 or 0431 334 583
                             Mei Nee Cheong 4726 0603 or 0414 264 987