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Australian National Maritime Museum 4 mins read
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Spring school holiday programs 24 September - 8 October 2023

The Australian National Maritime Museum will buzz this spring with exhibitions, vessels, hands-on workshops, themed creative activities, films and more.

It’s a whole day of fun for the whole family with oceans of fun things to do every day!

Explore our EXHIBITIONS (Mana and Baru and Wildlife Photographer of the Year), get hands-on with creative artmaking and experiments in our KIDS ON DECK activity space, explore touchable objects and specimens at the CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, climb on board the Museum’s fleet of VESSELS, relax with a FILM SCREENING, adventure on our SEA COUNTRY ACTIVITY TRAIL and discover innovative solutions to plastics pollution at the SEABIN OCEAN HEALTH LAB.



KIDS ON DECK - SALTWATER STORIES - Play, artmaking and discovery

Enjoy creative capers, hands on experiments and art making inspired by the MANA and BARU exhibition, Saltwater stories and the science of ocean conservation.

Sculpt, collage and weave your own amazing artworks and take home slippery and spectacular science experiments.

Open 10.30am – 4pm daily

  • Included in any paid museum entry ticket
  • Free for members/ annual pass holders
  • All ages welcome. Recommended for ages 4-12 and carers
  • No bookings required



Story Sundays and Weaving Wednesdays

24 Sept -8 Oct

Join in creative cultural activities for all ages facilitated by First nations artists and elders- storytime, music and weaving workshops

  • Free entry
  • No bookings required
  • 11am – 3pm
  • All ages welcome



Young Inventors (1 day workshop)

Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 September

10am – 4pm

Experiment with engineering creations that move, float, fly and spin. Learn about different vessels and how they work, then invent your very own! Explore the basics of mechanical engineering in a day of fun with this engaging workshop inspired by current exhibitions. 

  • Bookings essential
  • $65 members or early bird
  • $75 general


* This course is eligible for creative kids vouchers


Rock the Boat Music video (2 day workshop)

Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 October

10am – 4.30pm

Create and star in your own imaginative music video inspired by our vessels and exhibitions. Learn clever techniques in music production, directing and choreography with professional composer James Brown, renowned for his work in creating scores for theatre shows, exhibitions, films and television. Have your finished work featured in a special event screening for family and friends.

Suitable to all levels of experience.

* This course is eligible for creative kids vouchers



The Seabin Ocean Health Lab is the first of its kind in the world, Seabin scientists analyse marine debris – from macroplastics to tiny nurdles, sucked from the sea by the 30 Seabins stationed around Sydney Harbour. Dive deep into the stories behind the data and learn about what we can do to turn the tide on marine pollution.

Open for tours: daily in school holidays

Recommended ages 5 to adult 

  • Free entry
  • Check tour times and activities on the day of your visit.



Explore wonderful and curious specimens, tools, art works and materials in this hands-on activity in our galleries.

10.30am – 11.30am, 2–3 pm

Daily in school holidays

  • All ages
  • Free entry



Underwater Drones (Ages 8 to adult)

Game on! Explore below the surface of the harbour with our underwater drones. Have fun testing your gaming skills by challenging family and friends to see who’s the best U-Drone Pilot.

Underwater drones sessions include a private workshop with our ocean-science educators and access to amazing underwater footage highlights to keep and share

Sundays 24 September 1, 8 October
Tuesdays 26 September and 3 October

Sessions: 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm

  • Drones workshops are suitable for wheelchair users. 
  • Drone workshop sessions can cater to for 1 person per session or a group of up to 4 players (family/friends) may share a session.
  • $30 general/ $20 members (includes See it All museum admission for one player)



Explore amazing works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists these holidays with fun and creative activity trails around the museum.

  • Free with entry
  • Available every day from 24 September


Bubble- art and science

Encounter clever characters and fun physics as performing artists and science communicators unlock the wonders of everyone’s favourite experiment- bubbles!  Learn about the relationship with light, water, weather and gravity as you play and experiment with gorgeous gigantic bubbles.


Roving sessions 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 24 Sept – 8 Oct

  • All ages
  • Free with museum entry
  • No bookings required


Mini Mariners (2-5 years and carers)

SEPTEMBER – Alphabet Animals

Tuesday 26th and Saturday 30th

Session 1: 10:30am - 11:15am
Session 2: 11:30am - 12:15pm

A is for anemone, Z is for Zebrafish. Take a journey through the alphabet of all things furry, feathered and finned as we spot amazing animals in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Enjoy touch tours with creature specimens, movement, music, games, craft and free play in our themed activity space.


OCTOBER – Drip, Drop, Splash!

Tuesday 3rd and Saturday 7th

Session 1: 10:30am - 11:15am
Session 2: 11:30am - 12:15pm

Swish, Bubble, Splash and Dive into the wonderful world of water in a character guided through the museum galleries. Discover stories about water and how we use it every day. Sing songs, enjoy messy play activities and make your own bubble painting to take home.

  • Child $12. Adult $8 Members FREE.
  • Booked playgroups welcome.
  • Online bookings essential


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