Dive into an underwater themed adventure aboard a fantastical submarine the Nautilus. Kids can take up the controls, peer through periscopes and play tunes on a bubbly pipe organ.
Popular interactive exhibition Voyage to the Deep returns to the maritime museum this summer for the school holidays.
Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the exhibition brings to life the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo, his fantastical Nautilus submarine and the mythical world he inhabited.
At the centre of this fantasy world is the giant Nautilus where kids can climb aboard and discover the inner workings of a deep-sea submersible…they can take up the controls at the helm, peer through the periscopes, crank the propeller, test out the bunks and explore Captain Nemo’s Cabinet of Curiosities full of wonderful marine specimens. There’s even a bubbly pipe organ to play and a galley full of strange foods to discover!
Kids can then slip on a dive suit and venture through the world below the waves including the octupus’ garden with its giant clam shell, a giant squid to slide down and then wander through the maze of sea weed in the kelp forest. They can also hunt for treasure in the wreck of the Spanish galleon or explore the lost world of Atlantis.
This family exhibition for children under 12 encourages learning through interaction. It’s a hands-on experience with opportunities to touch, explore and play. We’ve even written a special Guide for Grown Ups!
Winner - Certificate of Recognition (Best Scenography for a Temporary Exhibition), International Design & Communication Awards (Paris)
The Australian National Maritime Museum also has a real submarine, HMAS Onslow, located just outside the main entrance.
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This family exhibition for children under 12 encourages learning through interaction. It’s a hands on experience with opportunities to touch, explore and play. Voyage to the Deep was inspired 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, a fantastical novel written by Jules Verne almost 150 years ago. Explore Verne’s imaginary, mythical world with us as well as learn real facts about the oceans today.
Available for bookings in 2017.
Puke Ariki Museum Library and Visitor Centre
21 May - 16 October 2016
Western Australian Maritime Museum
May - August 2017
Have fun at home with these easy craft activities and printable downloads for children.
A carrot submarine
In this activity you’ll get to the root of how submarines work.
A bottle fish
Printable instructions on how to make a fish out of a plastic bottle.
A thong starfish
Printable instructions with templates on how to create a starfish from old thongs.
A thong fish
Create a colourful fish made out of old thongs and marine debris.
A thong crab
Printable instructions with templates to help create a crab made out of thongs
A rope and net octopus
Instructions on how to make your own sculptural octopus using fishing net and rope.
Rope wrapped corals
Printable instructions on how to make your own sculptural rope wrapped corals
Submarine: HMAS Onslow
On the Waterfront
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
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Extend to 6.00 pm in January
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