Events

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Visiting vessel: Practical Magic - Australian Olympic Sailing

Events

3 February 2014 - 31 August 2014

Feb - April | View in Wharf 7 foyer

Practical Magic, the gold medal winning 470 class dinghy from the London 2012 Olympics, will be on display in the museum foyer during February and March with the hard-won gold medals. Practical Magic was sailed by sailed by Mathew Belcher and crew Malcolm Page OAM. Then the display will be moved to the museum's Wharf 7 foyer exhibition of historic craft alongside Barranjoey the Sydney Heritage Fleet's 5.5 metre yacht which won gold at the 1964 Olympic Games.

Find out more about Olympic competition, Barranjoey and Ugly Duckling, another 470 class dinghy in the museum collection on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and read David Payne's blog post .

Cost and booking information

When: February - August 2014
Cost: Free. View in the museum foyer in Feb & March, then the Wharf 7 Heritage Center.

SY Ena

Visiting vessel: SY Ena - Edwardian steam yacht

Events

12 March 2014 - 13 April 2014

March - May | wharf side only viewing

SY Ena is the finest example of a classic steam yacht in Australia and was designed by Sydney naval architect Walter Reeks and built in 1900 by WM Ford Boatbuilders in Berrys Bay North Sydney.

SY Ena had a varied career. It undertook war service as HMAS Sleuth in World War I, and later became a commercial cargo and fishing vessel, renamed Aurore. It was restored in the mid-1980s and the high quality craftsmanship has brought it back to its luxurious standard when launched.

Find out more about SY Ena on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and read David Payne's blog post.

Cost and booking information

When: March to May
Please note: SY Ena will not be available for viewing on 14th and 15th April
Time:
10.30am to 1.30pm
Cost: Free. Visiting vessel on display for wharf side viewing.

 

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

1 boy and 1 girls with some nautical flags

Under 5s: Wonderful Whales

Under 5s

1 April 2014 - 29 April 2014

Tuesdays 1, 8, 29 April & Saturday 12 April | 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 1 April 10.00 am or 11.00 am
Tuesday 8 April 10.00 am or 11.00 am
Saturday 12 April 10.00 am or 11.00 am
Tuesday 29 April 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 bookings@anmm.gov.au

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

Whale bone chair

Whale Curios from the ANMM Collection

Whale Season / Childrens holidays activities

11 April 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

professor with fake lobster

Amazing Cetaceans science show

Whale Season / Childrens holidays activities

13 April 2014 - 27 April 2014

Sunday 13 - Thursday 17 & Sunday 20 - Thursday 24 April | @ 10.30 am, 11.30 pm and 12.30 pm

Investigate the incredible biology of ocean mammals with weird and wacky experiments in our interactive science shows.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Free with museum entry
Time: Sunday 13 - Thursday 17 & Sunday 20 - Thursday 24 during April school holidays at 10.30am, 11.30 am & 12.30pm
Booking: No bookings required.

young boy and girl in dressups

Kids on Deck: Baleen, Blubber, and Blowholes!

Childrens holiday activities

13 April 2014 - 27 April 2014

Sunday 13 - 27 April | 10 am - 4 pm

Explore the amazing world of cetaceans- whales, porpoises and dolphins in Kids On Deck.

Create your own cetacean puppet or mobile, craft a whale soft sculpture or your own whale song instrument. Investigate cetaceans in scientific games and dress up in sea creature costumes.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Child $8.50. Members and Big Ticket FREE. Adults general museum fees apply
Opening times: Hourly sessions 10 am - 4 pm daily

A mother humpback whale and her baby are submerged in the crystal blue waters of the Pacific off Maui Island. Photographer Wolcott Henry National Geographic

Free Whale lounge

Whale Season / Childrens holidays activities

13 April 2014 - 27 April 2014

13 - 27 April | 9.30 am - 4.30 pm daily

Dive deeper into the wonderful world of cetaceans in our whale lounge. Flip open a book or float back and enjoy a documentary.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Free with museum entry
Dates: 13-27 April
Times: Looped screenings, 9.30am - 4.30pm daily

A mother humpback whale and her baby are submerged in the crystal blue waters of the Pacific off Maui Island. Location: Maui Island, Hawaiian Islands.
© Wolcott Henry / National Geographic

Lithgow

Historic Shuttle : Return Transfers from Circular Quay All Day

Events

14 April 2014 - 30 June 2014

April to June | 9:00am - 5.00pm |7 days

Ever wanted to experience what transport on Sydney Harbour used to be like? Then come aboard 'Lithgow' offering a round trip stopping at the front door of the Maritime Museum and Commissioners Steps in Circular Quay. Plan your transport to Circular Quay and catch our historic shuttle service to include all the major icons of Sydney Harbour including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Goat Island and Barangaroo. A valuable experience for the kids and great photo opportunity.

Cost and booking information

Cost: $5 per person
Bookings:
N/A
Operating Hours:
9.00am - 5.00pm (7 days)

Whale of a Tale - Storytelling performances

Whale Season / Childrens holidays activities

14 April 2014 - 24 April 2014

Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 and Thursday 24 April | 11am, 12pm and 1pm | Ages 5-12

Enjoy imaginative whale stories inspired by classical mythology in lively and interactive performances by Anna Conomos.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Free with museum entry
Dates: Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 and Thursday 24 April
Times: 30min sessions 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

SS Sam Simon

Visiting vessel: MV Sam Simon

Events

14 April 2014 - 14 June 2014

14 April - 14 June 2014

The museum welcomes Sea Shepherd Australia's MV Sam Simon, as part of our Whale Season. The 56-metre ship returned from campaigning in Antarctic just last month, and is one of Sea Shepherd Australia's three ocean conservation vessels. It will be open for tours led by Sea Shepherd's own crew and volunteers from 10am daily. The Sam Simon is the latest visitor under museum's popular visiting vessel program.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Entry with Beautiful Whale or Big Ticket.

Opening times: 10 am - 4 pm

Teenage boy jumping

Youth programs: Whale Song DJ workshop

Whale Season / Youth

16 April 2014 - 24 April 2014

Wednesday 16 and Thursday 24 April

Learn to remix, reverb and record your own whale -songs in a fun filled workshop on digital music making inspired by our Amazing Whales exhibition. Learn professional music editing and compositing techniques.

Cost and booking information

For ages: 8- 14
Time: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Cost: Members $45, general $50.00 (includes museum admission)
Bookings online: Ph:9298 3655 email: bookings@anmm.gov.au.
Wednesday 16 or Thursday 24

Meet: at Museum Foyer 5 - 10 minutes prior to the workshop.
Parent/Carer must sign workshop permission form at the registration desk on the day. Participants are fully supervised for this program by ANMM staff.

Whale illustration

Beached AZ Film Festival

Whale Season / Events

26 April 2014

Saturday 26 April | 6.30pm-10.30pm (looped screenings)

Laugh your way across the Pyrmont Bridge to all 21 episodes of the cult comedy hit Beached Az projected on the  iconic rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum.Beached Az follows the struggle of a whale stranded on a New Zealand beach to get back into the ocean. The animated series is a brilliant, irreverent and quirky collection of comedic conversations highlighting social differences…

This free event is inspired by 'Whale Season' - the museum's exciting program of exhibitions and events all about whales!

Cost and booking information

Cost: Free. Best viewing position is on Pyrmont Bridge

Book jacket A Savage History

Author talk: A Savage History with John Newton

Events / Member events

1 May 2014

POSTPONED DATE TBC | 1.30-4 pm

This powerful account of a complex and bloody relationship includes stories of 18th-century whalers who hunted their prey along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, across the Pacific and into the Southern Ocean. Although industrial whaling has ceased in Australia, John Newton shows that the work of those who wish to protect whales is far from over. Before the talk, curator Michelle Linder will guide a tour of the Amazing Cetaceans exhibition at 1.30 pm.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $20 Guests $25. Includes wine and refreshments.
Bookings essential: When date is confirmed bookings will re-open.
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email members@anmm.gov.au

Book jacket Saltwater People

Author talk: Saltwater People with John Ogden

Events / Member events

4 May 2014

Sunday 4 May | 2 - 4 pm

Come and hear photographer, cinematographer, writer and publisher John Ogden talk about his book Saltwater People, which was the unanimous winner of the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize in 2013. Praised by one judge
as 'a sumptuous curation of historical and contemporary art and photography', this lavish two-volume set examines the coastline around Sydney and its role in Australian culture and social and political history.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $20 Guests $25. Includes wine and refreshments.
Bookings essential:  book online
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email members@anmm.gov.au

Little girl playing with water

Under 5s: Drip Drop Splash!

Under 5s

6 May 2014 - 27 May 2014

Tuesdays 6 - 27 May & Saturday 10 May | 10 am - 10.45 am & 11 am - 11.45 am

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.

Tuesdays in May is Drip Drop Splash! Dive into the wonderful world of water! Take a tour through the museum galleries to discover stories about water and how we use it every day. Sing songs, play games and make your own bubble painting, or water drop prints to take home.

Cost and booking information

For ages:
2-5
Cost: $8.50 per child, first adult $3.50, additional adults $7.00 (includes galleries ticket) Members free.
Bookings essential: Phone +61 2 9298 3655. Booked playgroups welcomed.
Book online:

Tuesday 6 May 10 am or 11 am
Saturday 10 May 10 am or 11 am
Tuesday 13 May 10 am or 11 am
Tuesday 20 May 10 am or 11 am
Tuesday 27 May 10 am or 11 am

Coral sea lunch photo courtesy John Hazell

Special: Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative lunch

Events / Member events

10 May 2014

Saturday 10 May | 12 pm - 3 pm

The famous Battle of the Coral Sea, fought between 4 and 8 March 1942, was a strategic victory for the allies and a turning point in the seemingly unstoppable Japanese expansion in the Pacific. We welcome back Captain Stewart Holbrook usn, United States Naval Attaché, to lead a lively discussion of this significant event.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $85, guests $100. Includes a three course lunch and wine.
Seating will be at tables of 10. Make up your own table or advise preferences when booking.
Bookings essential:
book online .
Enquiries: Phone +61 2 9298 3644 or email members@anmm.gov.au
Meet: In the museum foyer.

Heritage train Newington Armory

Walking tour: Visit to Newington Armoury

Events / Member events

15 May 2014

Thursday 15 May | 9.00 am - 2.00 pm

Join us as we explore Newington Armoury, which during its working life operated as a naval armament depot. After disembarking at Sydney Olympic Park ferry wharf and walking a short distance to the site, we will board a heritage train for our tour. Explore the original 1897 wharf, take a torchlight walk through the passageways of the original gunpowder magazine and visit the former explosives storehouse and laboratory.

 

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $20 Guests $30. Bring a picnic lunch, or buy lunch the Armoury Wharf Café.
Booking essential: book online .
Enquiries:
Ph: 61 2 9298 3646, email: members@anmm.gov.au
Meet:
Circular Quay to catch the 9 am ferry to the site (ferry ticket not included).

Book cover Shallows

Members book group: Tim Winton, Shallows

Events / Member events

18 May 2014

Sunday 18 May | 3-5 pm

Join us in the Members Lounge for a discussion of this landmark novel, Tim Winton's first Miles Franklin Award winner. 'Shallows is that rare thing, not historical fiction, but fiction which brings the history of a place to life … a major work of Australian literature.' (Washington Post) 'Shallows is more than a passionate meditation on the tragedy of whaling: it is in some ways a minimalist Moby Dick, a questioning of the ways of God to man and of man to God.' (Sydney Morning Herald)

Cost and booking information

Cost:
Members Free Guests $5. Includes coffee, wine and refreshments.
Bookings:
Book online
Enquiries:
Phone +61 2 9298 3644 or email members@anmm.gov.au

roomful of adults in a lecture

Short Course: Naval Gazing - A Pocket History Of The Royal Australian Navy

Adult learning

22 May 2014 - 12 June 2014

Thursday 22 & 29 May, 5 & 12 June 2014 | 10.30 am - 12.30pm

Join the Australian National Maritime Museum as we look back at 101 years of the Royal Australian Navy over a four session exploration. Led by navy expert Lindsey Shaw (former Senior Curator at the Maritime Museum), navy historians and curators this course will draw out fascinating facts, personal stories and rare images and insights.

Like the navy this course will travel and there are visits planned to Garden and Spectacle Island. The series will end on a fitting note with an investigation into the less widely known story and exploits of the RAN during the First World War in all the theatres of war from the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans through to the Mediterranean and North Seas.

Cost and booking information

Cost: $165.00 Members, $155 concession for 4 meetings.
Bookings essential:Book online or phone +61 2 9264 2781 (WEA)

The lighhouse and water light up for vivid

Vivid Sydney - Aquatic Nights

Whale Season / Events

23 May 2014 - 9 June 2014

23 May - 9 June | Daily after dark

For two weeks the maritime museum will come to life after dark for the annual Vivid Festival. Our expansive roof line features a spectacular rooftop projection and sound installation based on the broad themes of marine environments, underwater life and the museum's current exhibitions Amazing Whales and Beautiful Whales.

The projection operates every night from 7pm-12pm for the duration of the festival and is supported by a vibrant museum precinct program of music and installations at our harbour-side pop-up bar Yots.
 
Want to plan you night ahead of the vivid festivities around the city. Why not come and enjoy some live entertainment over the weekends of the vivid festival @ANMMuseum. Our entertainment will range from DJ's to up and coming soulful singer songwriters. The lineup will be coming soon.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Free

2 boys playing large chess pieces

Family fun day: Splendiferous Submarine

Family program

25 May 2014

Sunday 25 May | 10 am - 4 pm

Join us for special themed family fun Sundays twice a term with lively performances, film screenings, character tours and face painting.

Subscribe to our family e-newsletter to keep up to date on all the details. Full program of activities will be available closer to the date.

Cost and booking information

For ages: All ages
Cost: Included in Galleries Ticket or Big Ticket. Kids on Deck activities included in Big Ticket or $8.50 per person. Free for members
Bookings: No bookings required

Midget Submarine being winched from Sydney Harbour

Cruise: Japanese midget submarine tour

Events / Member events

31 May 2014

Saturday 31 May | 10 am - 2.30 pm 

On this 72nd anniversary of 'The Battle of Sydney Harbour', when Japanese midget submarines attacked American and Australian ships at anchor, join author and expert Steven Carruthers as he guides us through the events of 31 May 1942. We will cruise to each site and trace the paths of the three midget subs through the harbour, then go ashore at the Naval Heritage Centre on Garden Island to see a conning tower recovered from one of the subs. Enjoy lunch at the Salt Horse Café before rejoining our vessel to return to the museum.

Cost and booking information

Costs: Members $65 Guests $75. Includes morning tea and lunch
Bookings essential:
Book online
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email members@anmm.gov.au 
Meet:
at the HMAS Vampire ticket booth at 9.30 am

Celebes-tour-Sulawesi

ANMM Tour: Celebes Sailors, Ships & Spice

Events / Member events

2 June 2014 - 16 June 2014

2-16 June 2014 | $5490

Discover the exotic, orchid-shaped Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where the Wallace Line meets the Equator - formerly the fabled Celebes, home of Bugis pirates and rival sultans who battled the Dutch for the treasures of the Spice Islands. Today its seaport, Makassar, is a dynamic growth centre of modern Indonesia, but its traditional prahu port is still home to the world's last great timber trading fleet. Its old forts and colonial remnants, Chinese and Arab quarters, pagoda-shaped mosques, temples and crowded bazaars all recall a turbulent, cosmopolitan history - reflected, too, in its famous seafood and cuisine.
This exclusive tour meets Indonesia's most celebrated boat builders and seafarers, the Makassans, who sailed to Australia before the Europeans, and their neighbours the Bugis, the Mandar and the Sea Gypsies. In the footsteps of the great naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, and novelist Joseph Conrad, who called Makassar 'the prettiest town in the East', we explore lakes and rivers and reach the acclaimed mountain cultures and spectacular architecture of the Toraja highlands. Join the Australian National Maritime Museum's latest tour of the maritime cultures of our region, led once again by former Signals editor Jeffrey Mellefont, to discover southern Sulawesi's ever-changing vista of tropical land and seascapes, cultures and cuisines. We hope you can join us!
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

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