This summer, the Australian National Maritime Museum is taking families on a fascinating journey to the Arctic in a new interactive exhibition Arctic Voices opening on Thursday 14th of December.
The Arctic is a place of rapid change and despite its seemingly remote location, it is connected to us all. What affects the Arctic in turn affects the whole planet. Arctic Voices uses interactive experiences, photos, videos and real specimens to show that the Arctic is more than just snow – it is land, water, and ice. It is home to people and a surprising diversity of wildlife.
Arctic Voices will challenge perceptions of the Arctic and introduce visitors to a colourful land. Children can pounce, hop, push and crawl their way through animal life in the Arctic, and come face to face with a polar bear and other arctic creatures.
Learn about the majestic polar bears: their long travels on the ice, how they survive extremely cold temperatures, and how they cope during the brief Arctic summers waiting for the sea ice to form again.
Study real skull and claw specimens to compare the paws, claws and jaws of the three North American bears.
Stand next to an authentic polar bear specimen and examine its unique features and adaptations.
Find out how far, and how fast, an Arctic hare can leap in a single bound. Then, test your jumping skills against the powerful hind legs of this amazing Arctic animal.
The Newcomers to the North multiplayer quiz will test your knowledge about species that are moving further and further north due to climate change – including mosquitoes and elk
Examine real specimens to find out more about survival techniques of birds, fish, mammals and other Arctic animals.
Discover how Inuksuit serve as sign posts and symbols of a proud cultural heritage, marking locations of camps, stored food and fishing grounds.
Take a garden tour of the Arctic to discover the amazing and diverse adaptations of Arctic plants. View samples from Canada’s National Herbarium – the most complete collection of Canadian Arctic plant specimens anywhere in the world. The Herbarium is housed at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Use the touchscreen to help guide an Orca through the openings in the ice in order to reach the safety of open ocean water.
The exhibition is co-produced by Science North, one of Canada's largest and most respected science centres, and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences.
During the school holidays, there will be a number of associated activities to keep families entertained when visiting Arctic Voices. Don’t miss the kids’ craft and dress-up sessions, fascinating 3D film, lively theatre show, interactive Cabinet of Curiosities and tours for the under 5s.
Checkout the Little Mariners Under 5s Play Zone while you're there, our review on the blog as part of a review this year.
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