2017 media releases

Go wild for wildlife

these holidays

These school holidays children can ‘go wild’ becoming immersed in our world’s wonderful wildlife in a fun-filled holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum inspired by the much-loved exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year from London’s Natural History Museum.

Spring school holiday activities at the National Maritime Museum

These school holidays children can ‘go wild’ becoming immersed in our world’s wonderful wildlife in a fun-filled holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum inspired by the much-loved exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year from London’s Natural History Museum.

A full day out for all the family includes art, craft and games, interactive musical performances, the chance to get up close and personal with creature specimens and more. Plus there’s a family torchlight tour of HMAS Vampire, special under 5s tours and youth workshops to keep the big kids busy in the school holidays.

Daily activities throughout the school holidays

Kids on Deck craft sessions: Marvellous Menagerie
4 – 12 years
24 September – 9 October, 10am – 4pm
Play, create and discover in Kids on Deck – a fun filled activity space with art making, games, and dress ups for primary school aged children and their carers. These holidays, delve into the natural history of Australian wildlife, inspired by our current exhibitions. Create your own watercolour collages and brush scripts, craft a creature hat or sculpt a cardboard camera.  Enjoy dress ups and interactive games.  
Entry included in the museum’s Big Ticket.

Cabinet of Curiosities: Creature Feature
4 – 12 years
24 September – 9 October, 11am – 12pm, 2pm – 3pm
Touch and discover curious creature specimens and photographic technology artefacts from our education collection in this hands on discovery touch trolley inside the galleries
Entry included in the museum’s Big Ticket.

Performance: Jungle Drums
4 – 12 years
Selective dates throughout the holidays, 10am – 4pm
Tap, drum, beat and shake your tail feather with interactive musical workshops and performances inspired by wild creatures and wilderness environments. 
Entry included in the museum’s Big Ticket.
All daily activities are included in the museum’s Big Ticket which provides entry to everything the museum has to offer including special exhibitions and the vessels. Big tickets are $32 per adult, $20 per child/concession, $79 per family. Book before 23 September to receive 20% discount on your tickets. For further information or to book visit www.anmm.gov.au/schoolholidays.  

Special events

Under 5s Tour: Art Adventure

18 months – 5 years
26 and 30 September, 3 and 7 October 10am – 4pm, 10am or 11am
Explore amazing artworks on display at the museum through movement, songs and storytime in a fun and interactive learning program especially designed for toddlers. Afterwards head to Kids on Deck for crafts and messy play. 
Included in Activities Ticket $8 adult, $6 child
Bookings essential anmm.gov.au/under5s

Family Torchlight Tour: Night in the Navy on HMAS Vampire
4 – 12 years 
28 September 6.15pm – 7.45pm
Join your character guide for a dramatic after-dark tour through the HMAS Vampire. Enjoy creative capers, light refreshments and exclusive after-hours access to the vessel and Action Stations experience. 
Tickets $22 per child, $18 per adult
Bookings essential www.anmm.gov.au/schoolholidays 

Youth Workshop: Print Making Bandits
8 – 14 years 
27 September 10am – 3.30pm
Get creative in a hands-on print-making workshop inspired by our temporary exhibitions. Experiment with creating your own designs in sun prints, screen prints, stencils, stamp making and more in this fun-filled one day workshop. 
Tickets $65 per child 
Bookings essential www.anmm.gov.au/schoolholidays

Youth Photography Workshop: Macro with Mini Beasts
8 – 14 years 
4 October 10am – 3.30pm
Inspired by our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, learn to create your own “wild” scenes with plants and insects to photograph in macro. Take a photo shoot around the museum and build skills in using digital SLR cameras. Have your photos printed and showcased in a special exhibition at the museum.
Tickets $80 per child 
Bookings essential www.anmm.gov.au/schoolholidays 

Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Take a journey into the secret places of the world around us. Witness the extraordinary talent of photographers who travel to the ends of the earth to capture the fleeting moments that say so much about the majesty of nature - and often, our complicated place in it.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year - run by the Natural History Museum in London - is a global celebration of the world's very best nature photography. 
Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.  The competition is open to the world's top professionals, as well as amateurs - who sometimes create big surprises!

Be captivated as we showcase the year's top 100 photos, selected from more than 50,000 entries, across 95 countries.

Entry is included in the museum’s Big Ticket $32 per adult, $20 per child/concession, $79 per family. Book before 23 September to receive 20% discount on your tickets. 

For full details about the exhibition and all the associated school holiday activities, visit www.anmm.gov.au/schoolholidays


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