Skeleton of Ambulocetus and Pakicetus in background

Exhibition: Amazing Whales - Evolution & Survival

Big temporary exhibition

20 March 2014 - 20 July 2014

22 March - 20 July 2014

Be amazed by the wonderful world of whales. Cetaceans, of all the mammals, have undergone the most spectacular evolution, adapting to aquatic life and developing into a diverse range of creatures - graceful giants of the sea, playful dolphins, dangerous predators such as orcas, and the mysterious narwhal and beluga whales.
This fascinating international natural-history exhibition uncovers their evolution, and also looks at the different relationships that humans have had with cetaceans and the threats that weigh on their future.

Exhibition designed and produced by the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

Cost and booking information

Times: Daily 9.30 am - 5 pm daily

Humpback whale calf III Kingdom of Tonga 2006

Exhibition: Beautiful Whale - Life-size photography by Bryant Austin

Big temporary exhibition

11 April 2014 - 1 February 2015

Friday 11 April 2014 - Sunday 1 February 2015

Come eye-to-eye with whales at sea in this remarkable exhibition of photographs. Californian artist Bryant Austin has been photographing whales for twenty years. His body of work represents the largest and most detailed images of whales in the world and the only collection of life-size photography of whales. Austin spends weeks and months with groups of whales. Using only a snorkel he waits alone, suspended in the water patiently waiting for a whale to pass within two metres of his lens. The result is extraordinarily intimate and detailed portraits that illuminate the majesty and spectacle of nature's underwater giants.

Exhibition designed and produced by the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

Cost and booking information

Times: Daily 9.30 am - 5 pm daily

Broken Dreams 3  2010 by Michael Cook Courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer and Dianne Tanzer Gallery plus Projects

Exhibition: East coast encounter - re-imagining the 1770 encounter

Big temporary exhibition

9 May 2014 - 24 August 2014

9 May - August 2014

A multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters re-imagines the encounter by Lt James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770. Cook's voyage along the Australian east coast has become central to national historical narratives. This exhibition of paintings, photographs, videos and three dimensional works re-envisages this seminal journey by imaginatively exploring moments of contact between two world views during these encounters.

This project has been developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Cost and booking information

Times: Daily 9.30 am - 5 pm daily

Whale bone chair

Whale Curios from the ANMM Collection

Whale Season / Childrens holidays activities

1 June 2014 - 19 November 2014

11 Apr - 19 Nov 2014

The museum has delved deep into its collection and bought to the surface a range of fun, quirky and utilitarian whale-related artefacts. On display are fascinating curiosities such as a glove stretcher, a pie crimper and dolls made from whalebone. Tools, games and everyday items such as a toothbrush show the widespread use of whale products in the past.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Free with museum entry
Dates: 11 Apr-19 Nov

European migrants arrving on Toscana

Exhibition: Coming to Australia – photographs from the IRO and ICEM

Big temporary exhibition

11 June 2014 - 14 September 2014

Wednesday 11 June -  Sunday 14 September 2014

To mark Refugee Week a small selection of photographs highlights the work of the International Refugee Organisation and Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration in the 1950s. The photographs capture in vivid detail the anticipation and anxiety of European migrants coming to Australia in the turbulent years after World War II.

Cost and booking information

Times: Daily 9.30 am - 5 pm daily

1 boy and 1 girls with some nautical flags

Under 5s: Wonderful Whales

Whale Season / Childrens holidays activities

15 July 2014 - 29 July 2014

Tuesdays 15 - 29 July | 10 am & 11 am (45 mins sessions)

Mini Mariners welcomes 2-5-year-olds and their parents/carers. Expect lots of fun with games, craft and story time. Our interactive gallery tour is led by a costumed guide and there is free play in our themed space.

Flip, leap, dive and sing as we discover very big ocean mammals and teeny tiny underwater creatures too in a tour through our Whale exhibitions. Enjoy whale stories and songs, Play with games and dress ups and make your own cetacean (whale or dolphin) sculpture or whale printed bags to take home.

Cost: $8.50 per child, first adult $3.50, additional adults $7 (includes galleries ticket). Free for Members, Big Ticket and Kids Adventure ticket holders

Book online: select the session time you would like to book for below:
Tuesday 15 July 10.00 am or 11.00 am
Tuesday 22 July 10.00 am or 11.00 am
Tuesday 29 July 10.00 am or 11.00 am

Meet: front of house 10 minutes prior to your tour. Collect your session sticker from the front desk.
Enquiries: Phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email

Mary Lang on Ship Rail

Author talk: To Sea on a Sailing Ship with Sue Vader

Events / Member events

23 July 2014

Wednesday 23 July | 11 am - 12.30 pm

The ANMM is pleased to present a celebration of the Golden Age of Sail with presenter Sue Vader. Sue is the author of "To Sea in a Sailing Ship" which recounts the adventures of Mary Lang who followed her dreams and sailed off around the world via Cape Horn in Windjammers in the 1930s.

Born in the Monaro district of NSW and educated at the Sacred Heart College at Rose Bay, Mary was just 20 years old when she was the only female onboard the four-masted barque, L'Avenir, in January 1935. Sue will describe what life was like aboard L'Avenir, which was laden with 3,700 tonnes of wheat as it sailed around Cape Horn, from the evocative diaries which her aunt Mary kept.

Mary's return voyage to South Australia was made aboard "Parma" another four masted square rigger that experienced a "hurricane-in-the-grand-manner" that destroyed most of the sails, on the voyage home.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $25 Guests $35. Includes wine and refreshments.
Bookings essential:book online.
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email

Humpback whale calf III Kingdom of Tonga 2006

Beautiful Whale cruise and forum


30 July 2014

Wednesday 30 July 2014 | 10.30 am - 3.45 pm

Join us for a guided tour and talk around Beautiful Whale - spectacular life-size photography exhibition by American artist Bryant Austin and consider Australia's whaling history and contemporary advocacy projects as we explore whale curios from the national maritime collection with curator Michelle Linder. Bring your cameras and dress for outdoors as we adventure out the heads of Sydney harbour on whale watching cruise to glimpse the last of the pods migrating north for the winter.

Cost and booking information

Costs: $85 includes morning tea, museum entry.
Bookings essential: Contact WAE Sydney Ph: +61 2 9264 2781 or online.

Pirate Kids

Pirate family Cruise

Events / Member events

3 August 2014

Sunday 3 August 2014, 1:15 - 2:45pm | SOLD OUT

The next exciting activity on the calendar in early August is . All aboard for our fantastic Family Pirate Cruise. Dress the kids up in pirate gear to get into the action with prizes for best dressed up for grabs. Board a majestic Tall ship which will be transformed into a spectacular theatrical setting like no other. A real Pirate Ship, with real Pirates and we're taking YOU along for the ride!

Mesmerising actors, music, cannons, sword fights, and amazing stunts will enthral and delight. All set against the majesty of Sydney Harbour and its world famous icons. This is first class entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Cost and Booking information

Cost: $60 Members, $45 Member Child, $180 Member Families
$70 Guest, $55 Child, $225 Guest Families.
Each guest will be entitled to either a pie or sausage roll and unlimited soft drinks. Nibbles also available for purchase on-board.

Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email
Location: Meet at Campbell's Cove Gate, The Rocks.

women knitting

Talk and Workshop Series: Make Do and Mend - Wartime Crafts

Adult learning

7 August 2014 - 12 October 2014

Thursday 7 August, Sunday 14 September and Sunday 12 October

Join us for a 3 session series on wartime crafts and ingenuity - making do and mending in conjunction with our War at Sea exhibition. Enjoy guest lectures on food and fashion history, insights into life on the home front and women at war and practical workshop sessions in patchwork, knitting and cooking.

Cost and booking information

Cost: $35 adults, $30 members per session
Bookings essential:
Thursday 7 August - Rations and Recipes - 10am - 12.30pm
Sunday 14 September - Knit for the Nation - 2.30- 5pm
Sunday 12 October - Thrifty Fashions- 2.30pm - 5pm


a tween girl playing an an interactive game

Exhibition: Going Places


16 August 2014 - 22 February 2015

16 August 2014 - 22 February 2015

Going places is an interactive science exhibition that explores the technology humans have developed for travel. If you have ever wanted to pilot an airship, ride on a hovercraft, or control traffic in a city now is your big chance! As well as learning about the technology that gets us around every day, visitors will learn about the way that travel has shaped the social fabric of our time and where new technology is headed in the future.

Cost and booking information

Times: Daily 9.30 am - 5 pm daily
Cost: Included in the Big Ticket.
For: Families with children 5-12 years

Produced by Scitech Western Australia


Cruise to Q Station

Events / Member events

26 August 2014

Tuesday 26 August | 10 am - 2 pm

Come along to the Quarantine Station at North Head for a two hour tour that tells the story of the station and its history which dates back to 1832. Situated on the harbour foreshore near Manly the Quarantine Station was the first stop for all immigrants arriving by ship for many years. Meet the Q Station's archaeologist, who is currently working on the inscriptions left by sailors and passengers who were quarantined here in the 150 years since the station opened in 1830.

Cost and booking information

Date: Tuesday 26 August
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Cost: Adult $60/ $50 members.
Bookings: +61 2 9298 3644 or email or book online

Meet: at Wharf 6, Circular Quay to catch the 9.25am ferry to Q Station Wharf, North Head. Ferry fare not included. Lunch will be included in your ticket price.

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