What's on

This summer, pack your shield and helmet, and join us for a Viking Adventure at the maritime museum!

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

practical magic Photographer Daniel Forster go4image.com copyright 2012

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.

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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