Activities, Exhibitions & Vessels
We offer an exciting program for the whole family with kid’s activities held on weekdays, weekends and during the school holidays. Kids and adults can also climb aboard our vessels including a real submarine and retired warship, and roam the museum’s expansive exhibition space.
Click on the links below to find out dates, times and ticket information for each event.
At the end of every school term, we offer a fantastic program of special events, workshops, theatre shows, tours, exhibitions (and more!) for kids to explore.
Mini Mariners is for 2–5 year olds who love to sing and dance, get crafty, explore exhibitions and listen to stories.
Kids on Deck gives primary school aged kids (5–12) the chance to get creative together with art-making activities, craft, dress-ups, science activities and more.
Family Fun Sundays are special action-packed Sundays held every month, featuring lively performances, film screenings, character-led tours, face-painting and more.
We offer creative youth workshops & performance programs for children aged 8 to 14 years including photography, film-making, animation, circus arts and more.
Enjoy a summer of fun with the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-inspired Voyage to the Deep.
Join us for an after-hours guided tour by torchlight. Go on a hunt through the galleries, make souvenirs and enjoy themed activities.
Children of all ages can discover and handle amazing artefacts from our ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ touch trolley and hear the stories behind them.
Set the kids free in the museum’s massive 3700 square metres of exhibition space! Explore our permanent and special exhibitions about Australia’s unique connection to water and the stories, objects and people that link us all together.
Welcome to our brand new interactive gallery and play space for kids under five. Children will take an imaginative journey from the 'sandy seashore' to 'under the sea' with free-play games, activities and displays specially designed to stimulate their growing minds and inspire their curiosity.
Get assignment help on the First Fleet and convict ships with this fascinating exhibition. The kids can see images of a ship from the First Fleet, and personal items such as diary excerpts, clothing, precious mementos and shipboard souvenirs from travellers who have journeyed to Australia as convicts, immigrants or war brides.
Is your family among the 6 million people who have migrated to Australia? Let the kids search for their surname on the museum’s Welcome Wall. This special tribute stands in honour of all those who have migrated from countries around the world to live in Australia.
Kids love our historic ships and vessels - including the HMB Endeavour (replica and part-time pirate ship!), a warship and a real floating submarine!
The museum has one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world. Docked at our wharves, kids can climb on board to explore life at sea.
See our Vessels page for the full list or check out some of the highlights below:
HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum vessel, is the last of the country's big gun ships.
The Australian-built replica of James Cook's HMB Endeavour is one of the world's most accurate maritime replica vessels. When you come on board you may wonder whether James Cook and his crew have just stepped ashore somewhere on their voyage.
Venture into the secret world of submarine warfare on HMAS Onslow. It's still close to operational condition so if you go onboard listen out for the diving alarm!
Built in 1874, the museum’s historic Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse is 22 metres high and located on our stunning waterfront overlooking Darling Harbour.
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
+61 2 9298 3777
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777