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

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

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

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.

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

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 members@anmm.gov.au
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


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life-size photographs
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Post WWII photographs
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Fun for under 5s
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Whale Season

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