Exhibition

Voyage to the Deep

Underwater Adventures

Voyage to the Deep

Come on a voyage to the deep with us this summer!

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  • The Adventure Begins Wednesday 14 December

    Our multi award-winning and record-breaking exhibition Voyage to the Deep returns to the Maritime Museum this summer across the entire school holidays - all the way to mid-February.

    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 legendary submarine Nautilus and the world of wonders he lived in.

    Release Your Inner Aquanaut

    At the centre of this fantasy world: a giant replica Nautilus. Kids can climb aboard and discover the inner world of a deep-sea submarine.

    Take up the controls at the helm, peer through the periscope, crank the propeller, test out the bunks and explore Captain Nemo’s mysterious Cabinet of Curiosities: find out how hard a whale tooth is, and feel soft penguin fur.

    There’s even a bubbly pipe organ to play and a galley full of strange and disgusting foods to discover.

    Underwater Adventures

    Slip on a dive suit and venture through a magical world beneath the waves. Hunt for treasure in the wreck of a Spanish galleon. Explore the lost world of Atlantis. Stomp through the octopus's garden with its giant clam shell, wander through a maze of sea weed in the life-size kelp forest - and then slide down a giant squid!

    It’s an interactive, immersive, hands-on experience with opportunities to touch, explore and play. The exhibition is aimed at children under 12, and encourages learning through interaction. It's also fun as a family - we’ve even written a special Guide for Grown Ups.

    But wait, there's more!

    A Big Ticket will get you entry to much, much, much, much more than Voyage to the Deep. Click to see all the things you can do these SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 

     

    Eventbrite - The School Holiday Big Ticket

    Voyage to the Deep: an exhibition produced by The Australian National Maritime Museum

    Awards to Date:

    Winner - Certificate of Recognition (Best Scenography for a Temporary Exhibition)

    Winner - International Design & Communication Awards (Paris)

     

     

     

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    See a real submarine

    The Australian National Maritime Museum also has a real submarine, HMAS Onslow, located just outside the main entrance.

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  • Captain Nemo’s Nautilus

    Captain Nemo’s Nautilus

    Wednesday 28 December 2016 – Sunday 22 January 2017
    11.30am and 2pm (daily except Fridays and 1st and 2nd January), 35 mins

    Specially written and produced by the acclaimed Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Captain Nemo’s Nautilus features a cast of quirky and captivating characters inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Families will travel back in time on a thrilling undersea journey to the extraordinary submarine world of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. 
    There are curious and wonderful adventures ahead: deep sea diving for treasure, fighting off ten-tentacled beasts and even surveying the stomach churning menu of un-sustainable seafood delicacies on board — 'sea turtle steak' anyone?

    Children and adults alike will laugh, dance and have lots of fun while learning about all sorts of undersea creatures and the importance of conserving our beautiful and precious oceans.

    Included in School Holidays Big Ticket. No bookings required.

    Monkey Baa theatre company

    A scene from our theatre performance, Captain Nemo's Nautilus.A scene from our theatre performance, Captain Nemo's Nautilus.A scene from our theatre performance, Captain Nemo's Nautilus.A scene from our theatre performance, Captain Nemo's Nautilus.
  • Sea Science Pontoon

    Sea Science Pontoon

    Just what would a mobile phone look after being in the harbour for a few months? What creatures lurk just below the water’s surface? Discover these answers, and much more on our brand new family activity station – the Sea Science Pontoon.

    Floating on the harbour right outside the museum, the Sea Science Pontoon allows visitors to come aboard and investigate the harbour – directly.

    Explore a Hidden World

    The ’submerged stuff’ component reveals what happens to different objects when they’re immersed in seawater. Compare sunken objects to identical ones that have stayed out of the water, and to items made from different materials: what copes and what corrodes? Which creatures colonise the objects? Does stainless steel last better than galvanised? What you see may surprise you!

    You can follow our experiment on our Flickr.

     

    The 'reverse periscope’ lets you take a 360 degree peek beneath the pontoon, and check out sea life below, as it happens. What lives just beneath the Maritime Museum’s wharves? See what happens at feeding time, and try to spot Sydney's famous silvery bream and decidedly ugly leatherjackets, with their single spikey horns - and watch out for bull sharks!

    Admission to the Sea Science Pontoon is FREE. Open daily.

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  • Tour dates

    Tour dates

    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.

    Upcoming Exhibition Touring Dates and Venues

    Western Australian Maritime Museum
    May - August 2017