Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum


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  • Eocene and jurassic gardens
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The Museum has forged strong links with the community through schools and Friends of the Museum.

  1. School activities
  2. Friends of the Museum

School activities

Primary and Secondary school tours are an integral part of the Museum’s activities, with more than 1000 students visiting each year.

School tours are tailored to individual groups according to age and areas of interest.

The Museum offers a hands-on learning experience for students, who are given the opportunity to touch interesting minerals, rocks, fossils and even a meteorite.

A school visit can include:

  • an interactive tour
  • expert guidance from Museum staff
  • provision of Museum worksheets and writing materials.

Most visits run for around three quarters of an hour, but times may vary depending on specific activities and the age of the school group.

Many groups extend their excursions by having their lunch or morning or afternoon tea at the nearby, picturesque Sunken Garden (within the grounds of the University).


Bookings are essential. To schedule a time, or to get more information, contact the Museum.

The Museum is covered by appropriate public liability insurance and staff have up-to-date Working With Children Check authorisation.


Thanks to the generous support of UWA Alumni, the museum has installed the iSandbox, an interactive sandpit that responds to changes in the sand surface to demonstrate geological phenomena. Students can build mountains and watch the topographic map change before their eyes, create a volcano and watch it explode, or see ice ages come and go. This activity, although designed for younger children, is great fun for all ages.

Friends of the Museum

Friends of the Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum are actively involved in generating wider interest in the field of geology and increasing public awareness of the Museum.

The group, set up in 1990, brings together people of varying ages and backgrounds with a common interest in earth science.

Membership is free and includes access and invitations to:

  • talks
  • workshops
  • outings
  • field trips (which provide the opportunity for members to discover more about Western Australian rocks and minerals).

Regular Friends of the Museum newsletters keep members informed of upcoming activities.

During the year, each member volunteers one or two Sunday afternoons to staff the Museum for three hours to ensure it is open for visitors to enjoy.

If you are interested in becoming a friend, contact the Museum.

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Wednesday, 4 March, 2020 10:58 AM