What's Happening for Kids

Activities, Exhibitions & Vessels

  • Activities

    Activities

    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.

    1. Arctic Voices

    Courtesy Science North. 2 boys and a women view Arctic plants.

    Daily Opens 14 December 2017

    Take a interactive journey to this fascinating and changing region.

    2. Sail The Seven Seas

    A young boy and girl climbing through the submarine HMAS Onslow

    Daily

    Climb aboard our historic fleet to feel what life at sea was really like.

    3. Kids on Deck

    A boy and girl in Arctic inspired dress-up

    10am-4pm Daily During School Holidays 

    A fun-filled activity space with arts and craft, games, and dress ups. Craft your own snowglobes.

    4. 3D Cinema

    Journey to a breathtaking ice wilderness - Wonders of the Arctic 3D

    Daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm (check availability, sessions book out) 

    Choose from Wonders of the Arctic, Great White Shark and Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea.

    5. Touch the Cabinet of Curiosities

    A family with museum staff examining objects from the museums collection

    Daily

    Touch and discover curious creature specimens and artefacts related to the Arctic and Antarctic.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  11am, 2pm and 4pm (check availability: sessions get booked out)

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    Creative Workshops

    A male youth using a SLR camera

    More Workshops Coming Soon

    Get hands-on with full-day workshops. The perfect way to learn new skills, especially for 8-14 year olds.

    Family Torchlight Tour

    Join Our Torchlight Tours

    New Tours Added Regularly

    Join an after-dark tour of the museum!

    Mini Mariners

    An under 5 child with a stuff toy animal
    Tuesdays, and one Saturday per month in term time

    Enjoy creative free play, craft, games, dress-ups and story time in our themed activity area.
     

    Meet Bailey the Dog

    Bailey the Dog

    Roving between 2.30-3pm*

    Meet the adorable Bailey, our Assistant Director, Seagulls, as he takes his afternoon walk. *please check availability on the day

    Eat at Yots Café

    Burger and chips at Yots cafe
    Open 9.30am–5pm, Monday to Sunday

    Kids are covered at Yots Cafe or the Kiosk.

  • Exhibitions

    Exhibitions

    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.


    A little sailor girl with a blow up world globe above her head

    Mini Mariners Play space

    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.


    Mannequin on display along with various suitcases at the museum

    Passengers

    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.

    Family of four walking alongside the Welcome Wall at the Australian National Maritime Museum

    Welcome Wall

    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.

  • Vessels

    Vessels

    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. Safely docked at our wharves, kids can climb on board to explore life at sea.


    The museum's navy destroyer HMAS Vampire at the museum wharf

    Destroyer: HMAS Vampire

    HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum vessel, is the last of the country's big gun ships.



    Important tips

    • Kids must be accompanied by an adult
    • Some vessels have a height minimum of 90cm - HMB Endeavour Replica, Submarine HMAS Onslow and some visiting vessels – ask at the desk. (Unfortunately smaller children cannot be carried on these vessels.)
    • Be prepared to get physical. Most vessels involve some climbing, steps, crouching and navigating confined spaces.
    • No high heels. Flat shoes with enclosed toe recommended.
    Endeavour in full sail on open waters

    HMB Endeavour

    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.


    HMAS Onlsow in the water next to Action Stations at the museum with the city in the background

    Submarine: HMAS Onslow

    Venture into the secret world of submarine warfare on HMAS Onslow. It's still close to operational condition, so if you go on board listen out for the diving alarm!

  • Lighthouse

    Lighthouse

    Various vessels and a lighthouse on the waterfront of the Australian National Maritime Museum

    Built in 1874, the museum’s historic Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse is 22 metres high and located on our stunning waterfront overlooking Darling Harbour.

    • The lighthouse is open every day (except Christmas) and guided tours run daily. You can check times at the ticket desk in the museum foyer when you arrive.
    • Kids of all ages are allowed to climb to the top when accompanied by an adult (small children can be carried). The stairs are narrow and winding making the climb a great adventure!
    • Once you get the top the views are magnificent – perfect for selfies and family pictures.
    • Learn about the lighthouse’s history (it was originally a working lighthouse in Townsville, Queensland) and get a close up look at the amazing clockwork and kerosene mechanism from 1913.
  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    A young boy building a boat in the Going Places exhibitionA girl & boy using an interactive in the Going Places exhibitionTwo girls in front of a photograph in the Beautiful Whale exhibition3 young kids in playing in Kids on DeckA boy doing craft in the Kids on Deck spaceA girl doing craft in the Kids on deck spaceCraft items to make a whale mobileA Narwhal puzzle from the Kids on Deck spaceA male story teller with a young girl in a life vestA male storyteller in front of an audience of childrenA women with 2 small girls at the touch trolley in the museumA women with 2 small girls at the touch trolley in the museumA whale mobile in the Kids on Deck spaceA young girl showing off her finished whale mobile in the Kids on Deck space