Visiting 18 - 23 August
At the forefront of ocean climate research, Tara visits us during her epic two year Pacific expedition
For more than 13 years, Tara has been constantly on the move, travelling more than 300,000 kilometres across all the world’s oceans. Tara's main goal is to study and understand the impacts of climate change and the ecological crisis on the ocean, and produce concrete results.
In 2016 Tara launched a two year expedition - to take samples from across the entire Pacific, in the same way, and with the same controls. The result will be a definitive investigation of the state of the Pacific.
Tara will be docking at the Museum from 18 August until 23 August.
Onboard tours are scheduled for the weekend of Sat 19 - Sun 20. Book your place now.
Exclusive Members Tour Tuesday 22 August: Members book here.
Hear About the Science of Coral Reefs
There's an all ages event in our theatre featuring talks from a number of Tara scientists on Sunday 20, 3-5pm.
Find out about the role of coral reefs, plankton, the 'Black Reef' phenomenon and life on board the Tara, and more.
Click here to register your place.
To find out more about other scheduled lectures and talks, click on the 'Visit Tara in Sydney' tab.
All images © Tara Pacific Expedition
Although covering only 0.02% of the ocean's surface, coral reefs harbour 25% of ocean biodiversity and provide direct livelihood to nearly a billion people, mainly in the 'Coral Triangle' (Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Papua) of South Asia.
Ecological services from coral reefs (fisheries, tourism, coastal protection) are estimated at about 30 billion USD per year. This ecosystem should be a priority for study at the global level - because coral reefs are dying. Recent estimates indicate that about 20% of reefs have disappeared forever, 25% are in grave danger and an additional 25% will be threatened by 2050.
Coral reefs are particularly affected by global change; the accumulated effect of human population increase and climate change. Reefs are undergoing specific anthropogenic pressures specific to coastal ecosystems. Improving their sustainable management is urgent, and this will happen only by increasing and integrating scientific knowledge in their governance.
Coral reefs have often been at the forefront of research on climate change, due to bleaching (mostly related to the increase in temperature), ocean acidification, and concerns about reef growth process. But the increase in world population and UN projections in this context show more imminent threats.
The Coral Triangle area has over 30% of the world's reefs. Nearly 80% of the reefs in this area are threatened with extinction in the short term.
Find out more about the science of the Tara Pacific Expedition
Tara will be open to visitors from 10:00am on Saturday 19 August until 4:30pm on Sunday 20 August.
Entry is FREE or by gold coin donation.
You can register your visit right now to ensure you get on board. Due to safety concerns only 30 visitors are allowed at one time.
Sunday 20 August 3-5pm
Open to the General Public: All Ages
Meet in the Foyer of the museum. Register here.
August 21st, 2017 – 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
August 22nd, 2017 – 10am to 1pm
Tara’s crew will give guided tours of the boat for schoolchildren.
Museum Members are invited to an exclusive VIP tour of the Tara. The research schooner will be wharfside at the Museum.
Find out about the fascinating science and journey of the Tara, direct from the crew.
Workshops on plankton for children,
Open to the General Public
20 August – 1:30pm to 2:30 pm & 3:30pm to 4:30pm
21 August – 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
22 August – 10am to 1pm
Dockyard: SFCN at Villeneuve La Garenne
Architects: Luc Bouvet and Olivier Petit
Former owners: Jean-Louis Etienne and Sir Peter Blake
Flag: French (French international registry)
Classification: Bureau Veritas – 1 3/3 (E)
Length: 36 metres
Width: 10 metres
Draught: 1.50 metres – 3.50 metres
Weight: 120 tons
Hull Material: Aluminium
Masts: 2 – 27 metres each
Sail aera: 400 square metres
Propulsion: 2 x 350 HP
Power: 2 x 17 kW and 1 x 50 kW (Environmental Protection Agency II Standard)
Watermaker: 300 litres/hour
Fuel tanks: 40,000 litres
Water tank: 6,000 litres
Soiled tank: 7,000 litres
Number of berths: 14
Autonomy: 5,000 nautical miles - 3 kW windgenerator power system
Means of communication: Eutelsat, Fleet Broad Band, Radio HF, Standard C
Meteorology: Station Bathos II Météo France, thermo salinometer
Oceanography: 3,000 m oceanographic winch capstan
Science: Dedicated microscopy and IT, wet laboratory
Equipment: Diving compressor and equipment for 4 persons, two semirigid 30 and 40 HP
Heating: 150 mm polyurethane isolation, central heating
Garbage treatment: 1 crusher and 1 compactor of garbage
Home port: Lorient
Positions on board the Tara:
The team on board consists of 5 sailors, 2 scientists, 1 journalist and 1 artist
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
+61 2 9298 3777
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
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sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777