Vivid Sydney 2016:

The Nautilus and the Sea

Artist's impression of the Vivid 2016 light projection at the ANMM

See the museum's rooftop come to life as part of Vivid Sydney, the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas.

  • Friday 27 May–Saturday 18 June 2016

    The museum's rooftop will once again become the canvas for a bold lightshow as part of Vivid Sydney 2016. Walk along the museum's waterfront and discover the story of The Nautilus and the Sea. Projected on the vast rooftop of the museum, The Nautilus and the Sea tells the story of Norbert the Nautilus and his search for a new home. All the characters and creatures from the film come to life as glittering giant lanterns in this environmental undersea fantasy played out by the harbour foreshore.

    Visitors can also enjoy the projection from a free viewing vantage point on the brand new Action Stations Lookout on weekends.

    Event information

    Vivid Sydney runs from 27 May–18 June 2016

    The museum's rooftop lightshow will operate every night of the festival from 6–11pm. Our outdoor areas will remain open until 11.30pm. Entry is free.

    Action Stations will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the festival. Head upstairs to the Lookout for stunning views of our lightshow and Darling Harbour.

    Eating and drinking

    Our waterfront cafe Yots will be open late on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the festival. Drop by for a drink and a snack with amazing views of Darling Harbour.

    Around Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour is the setting for one of the most thrilling spectacles of Vivid Sydney — the Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre. You can also enjoy dinner, drinks and entertainment at Cockle Bay, Harbourside and Darling Quarter, plus family-friendly attractions. See what else is happening in Darling Harbour.

    Event packages

    Host an exclusive Vivid Sydney event at the museum. Our function packages are ideal for hosting clients or staff, with much-coveted, uninterrupted views of Darling Harbour from our new Lookout venue. Packages start from $45 per person. Find out more.

    Become a Member and save 

    Become a Maritime Museum Member and receive FREE or discounted entry to all our events and exhibitions, including our members Vivid Sydney Cruise and exclusive Vivid Sydney Rooftop event.

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    Vivid Sydney and NMM logos

    Image courtesy of Ample Projects

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    Norbert the Nautilus lantern at Vivid 2015The Waterfront Pavilion and Lookout at the ANMMNorbert the Nautilus lantern at Vivid 2015