A Children’s University partner since January 2021, Albany’s Historic Whaling Station is an ideal Learning Destination for Children’s University members seeking an opportunity to learn about Albany’s maritime history, in the very setting where the history took place! Western Australia’s unique whaling past is turned into a very real learning experience, as it was here that the very last whale hunted in Australian waters was harpooned.
Operating for the past 40 years as an iconic tourist attraction, the Whaling Station offers its visitors a chance to gain a better understanding of the cultural and social significance of the heritage listed site.
The learning activities and experiences available have been designed specifically for Children’s University members and appeal to a variety of interests and abilities to spark curiosity in the minds of young learners.
Albany’s Historic Whaling Station offers Children’s University members and accompanying direct family a discount on entry fees. They also receive free access to the Shell Museum, simply by showing their Passport to Learning to the friendly staff upon arrival.
Children can start their adventure being immersed in the sights and sounds of the whaling industry. They can enjoy short films, climb aboard the Cheynes IV (the world’s only preserved Whalechaser ship), see a giant Pygmy Blue Whale skeleton and world-renowned marine animal art collection.
Richard Ellis Marine Artist
Visitors are invited to explore the Parry Gallery, where they will find artwork by one of the world’s best painters of whales and dolphin. Children can take some time to explore Richard Ellis’ artwork, uncover the artist behind the paints, and perhaps even create a whale masterpiece of their own! This earns up to two hours of Passport time for each activity they choose. Click here for more details.
Why do some shells look alike, while others are a completely different shape? Children can take a deeper look into the main shell forms and learn how they are scientifically classified. They will gain the skills to identify closely related shells, along with 1 hour of Passport time!
Whaling Station A – Z
Using the supplied site map, families can take themselves on a self-guided tour around the entire museum. As they go, children can look out for whaling related words, using the signage to help them find whaling words that start with each letter of the alphabet. Click here for more details.
Image credit: Bo Wong