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Voyage to the Deep

Voyage to the Deep

at the Australian National Maritime Museum

This summer children can channel their inner Aquanaut as they undertake a voyage to the deep at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Voyage to the Deep

Not only can the kids delve into the depths of a navy submarine, explore the last of the big-gun destroyers and board a replica of Captain James Cook's Endeavour, with the new Voyage to the Deep experience they can climb, slide, press, pull and play every day.

Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the exhibition brings the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo to life.

Aimed at children under 12, the immersive, hands-on experience offers opportunities to touch, explore and learn through interaction. There’s a giant replica Nautilus where kids can take control at the helm, peer through periscopes, test out the bunks and discover the inner workings of a deep-sea submarine. And as if that’s not enough to keep your deep sea explorers excited, they can also pop on a dive helmet, hunt for treasure in the wreck of a Spanish galleon, explore the lost world of Atlantis, get lost in a tangle of giant kelp and slide down a giant squid. And at the Cabinet of Curiosities, kids can touch and feel their way through curious underwater artefacts from preserved whale skin to sharks teeth.

Voyage to the deep

Visitors will also learn real facts about our oceans today, from information on different ocean habitats and their sea creatures to the devastating impact of ghost nets (discarded or abandoned fishing nets) on marine wildlife.

The Voyage to the Deep experience is on at the Australian National Maritime Museum until 19 February. Additional activities will be added to keep families entertained during the school holidays including kids’ craft and dress up sessions, ghost net weaving workshops, special tours for the under 5s and a fun new family theatre show - Captain Nemo’s Nautilus - from the award-winning Money Baa Theatre Company.


When she’s not treading on Lego and being forced to watch Frozen on loop, Aleney de Winter is a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of travelling and eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting six-year old foodie son and daredevil three-year old daughter on her blog, Boy Eats World.

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