Activities, programs and exhibitions
School holidays activities in Sydney abound at the Australian National Maritime Museum. See our educational and fun program of workshops, shows and events.
Special Events & Workshops
Climb aboard our vessels
Join us for our biggest summer adventure yet. Time-travelling theatre shows, hands-on workshops, interactive exhibitions and more. It’s fun for the whole family!
And with handy facilities like a takeaway kiosk, cafe, picnic benches and harbour-side wharf area, the Maritime Museum is hard to beat for summer fun with the kids.
9:30am - 5pm, daily. More info or book now at ticketek.com.au
Dive in and grab the wheels of a steampunk submarine, hunt for treasure in a sunken shipwreck, explore a giant kelp forest, and crank the propellers to escape from a giant squid.
9:30am - 5pm, daily. More info
Challenge your friends to a cycling race, climb into the cockpit and control your own aeroplane, fly a remote control airship and discover the inner workings of a fiery combustion engine.
Come eye-to-eye with whales at sea in this remarkable photographic exhibition. American artist Bryant Austin is the only photographer in the world producing life-size photographs of whales.
9am - 4pm, daily. More info
Climb aboard our real-life secret and stealthy submarine HMAS Onslow moored right outside the museum in Darling Harbour, as well as the HMB Endeavor, HMAS Onslow & HMAS Vampire
10am & 11am, Tuesdays & Saturdays, 7 – 24 January. Book now
Explore the world of submarines, creatures that live deep under the sea and shipwrecks’ sunken treasure in a series of special character tours for under 5s and their carers.
6pm - 7:30pm, 16 January only. Book now
Experience our summer exhibition in a special after hours theatrical family tour with character guide Captain Nemo.
10am - 3pm, 15 January only. Book now
Create your own imaginative short films. Learn to storyboard, film, direct and edit and have your work featured on our Youtube channel.
10am – 3pm, 21 January only. Book now
Be inspired by our submarines (real and and fictional) in this workshop on digital SLR photography. Experiment with storytelling, fantasy and representation as you learn.
11am - 2pm, 18 January only. More info
Join in a day of family fun inspired by our Voyage to the Deep exhibition (see below). Lively performances, film screenings, character tours and face painting.
2pm, Wednesdays & Sundays, 31 December - 25 January. More info
Join us for free drop in sessions to weave beautiful sea creatures out of recycled materials for display in our summer exhibition.
11:30am & 2pm, daily (except Saturdays), 4 - 25 January. More info
Take your seats for an action-packed live theatre performance. Travel back in time with a cast of quirky characters inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas and take part in daring escapes from ravenous creatures, time travelling volcanoes and swirling ocean storms.
2.30pm, daily, 28 December – 26 January. More info
An amazing underwater adventure for all ages. Ponyo is a young and overeager goldfish princess who escapes her home to become human...
11am - 12pm & 2 - 3pm, daily. More info
Explore wonderful and curious specimens and artefacts in this interactive discovery device in our galleries.
10am - 4pm (hourly sessions), daily. More info
Peer up periscopes, play, create and discover at with art making, interactive games and dress ups!
The museum offers interesting vacation care programs – that are great value! Vacation care groups can enjoy organised activities every school holidays. Stay all day or come for a few hours.
Kids on Deck:
Voyage to the Deep:
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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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