Childrens Activity

National Science Week

Explore cutting edge ocean and marine science work from across the country in a series of interactive programs.

  • Secrets of Sydney Harbour

    Young girl on the sea science pontoon

    Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 August 10am–4pm
    Free - No Ticket Required

    Explore cutting edge ocean and marine science work from across the country in a series of interactive programs inspired by the museum's partnership with James Cameron and the Avatar Alliance. Step inside the Sydney Harbour Laboratory, you can get hands-on with underwater drones and ocean plastics, explore virtual reality seafloors and investigate the beauty of some of the harbour’s smallest animals.

    Science Week at the museum is presented in partnership with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the University of Technology Sydney.


    10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3.30pm – Drive an underwater drone- ROV workshops (drop in sessions)
    10am – 10.45am, 11am – 11.45am – Mini Mariners Pirates with science
    10am – 4pm - Get hands on at the Sea Science Pontoon


    10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3.30pm – Drive an underwater drone- ROV workshops (drop in sessions)

    10am – 4pm – Get hands on with marine science at our Sydney Harbour Lab- interactive demonstrations, Virtual reality and more

    11am – 2pm – Learn to sketch Plankton and marine microorganisms  

    12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm – Enjoy the Harbour Hoots Science Show – discover how things fly, float and dive in this lively performance

    11am – 3pm – Get creative at Kids on Deck with underwater creature inspired artmaking activities

    11am – 3pm – Face painting and glitter tattoos

    2pm- 2.45pm - Citizen Science: Ocean Science and Virtual Microbes launch event (bookings required)

    3pm – 4.30pm - The Science Nation Great debate (bookings required)

    11am and 12pm – Curator led tours of James Cameron – Challenging the Deep (bookings required)

    Curator-led tour of James Cameron - Challenging the Deep


    Wednesday 15 & Friday 17 August, 11am - 12pm
    Sunday 19 August, 11am - 12pm & 12 - 1pm

    Join us on a Curator-led tour of James Cameron: Challenging the Deep by Richard Wood, Manager of the USA Galleries, or Curator of Ocean Science and Technology Emily Jateff, who travelled to the site of RMS Titanic with James Cameron in 2005.

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    Citizen Science: Ocean Science and Virtual Microbes

    The sky at sunrise

    19 August, 2 – 2.45pm

    Join us for the launch of the University of Technology Sydney website and citizen science program at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    Professor Martina Doblin and her team will introduce the web portal for engagement in ocean science. Participants in the citizen science program will contribute to a global analysis of environmental exposure experienced by drifting plankton and visualise and explore morphological development of virtual microbes (marmics) that evolve in response.

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    The Great Debate: Greatest Discovery Ever Made - Sydney

    Panelists at the 2016 Science Says debate

    Sunday 19 August 2018, 3:00pm

    We've all been there, having that age old argument, what's the bigger breakthrough: the existence of atoms or quantum mechanics; DNA or CRISPR; the wheel or sliced bread. Well to celebrate National Science Week the Science Nation is going to answer this question once and for all. Join the fun and mayhem as the best, brightest and bravest science aficionados in the land do battle in tournament of whits and wittiness in order to find out what is the Greatest Discovery Ever Made!

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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology for all ages. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.