After a popular run last year, Voyage to the Deep is back at the Australian National Maritime Museum until the 19th of February. Based on one of my favourite author Jules Vernes' book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this hands-on exhibition is great fun for the family.
A large replica Nautilus submarine is the main attraction of this exhibition. The submarine has a number of hands-on sections to occupy the kids. Kids can take control of the submarine, start the propeller, check the view at top with the periscopes, checkout sea creatures through a magnifier, lay down on one of the bunks, handle a harpoon, play the bubble pipe organ and more!
Outside the submarine, kids can dress up as giant squids and take a selfie or two with an ocean backdrop, chase crabs on a projected floor, play in the playground and wonder around the sea.
They can also enjoy a play on the slide and playground areas as well as read a book in the quiet corner and see some fluorescent jellyfish in the dark room.
On your visit, do venture around the permanent exhibitions at the Australian National Maritime Museum we enjoyed walking around and learning new things. We also enjoyed getting on some of the vessels. We will cover the vessels and the museum's permanent galleries in a separate blog post soon.
While you are there, checkout the Mini Mariners Under-5s Play Zone for an ocean themed play for toddlers and babies.
- Buy a Big Ticket which will lets you into the Voyage to the Deep exhibition, Actions Stations exhibition and lets you visit the fleet of historic ships including a submarine, destroyer and tallship HMB Endeavour.
- Grab a Substantial Guide for Grown-Ups at the Voyage to the Deep exhibition - it's a great read.
- If your child is tall enough to get onboard the ships, wear closed shoes and leave your bags and pram at the cloakroom.
- Bring some water and some snacks for the little ones that you can enjoy outside looking over the harbour and the ships. Or you can grab a coffee at the museum's café.
- Bring a hat and sunscreen for when you venture outside to checkout the ships.
- Park at the recommended car park from the museum's website and get your ticket validated to pay only $15 per visit or catch public transport.
- The museum has a parents room close to the Mini Mariners Under-5s Play Zone.