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Roman escapades and wildlife wonders

In Winter 2017, families can time travel to the days of the Romans or become immersed in the wonderful world of nature as part of the fun-filled holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum inspired by its two major exhibitions – Escape from Pompeii and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Lively art and craft sessions will immerse children in Roman culture and they can explore Roman mythology in animated circus displays and storytelling.

An after-dark torchlight tour will bring families face to face with stunning wildlife photographs and engaging workshops will teach children photography and stop motion skills.

With special Pompeii backpacks and wildlife themed tours for the littlies, there’s something for everyone.

Daily activities:

Kids’ craft activities: Togas and Triremes
2 – 16 July 2017, 10am – 4pm
5 – 12 years

Play, create and discover at Kids on Deck with art making interactive games and dress ups! Be inspired by the fascinating history of the Roman Empire and craft your own trireme, make a box-lyre, mint marvellous jewellery and accessories or sculpt an inspired diorama drama.

Circus displays and storytelling: Mythic tales and Circus Maximus
2 – 16 July 2017 (daily except Saturdays), 11.30am, 12.30am and 2pm
5 – 12 years

Tie on your togas and take a journey into Roman mythology with captivating musical storytelling performances or join in interactive circus displays inspired by traditional Roman entertainment.

Cabinet of Curiosities Touch Trolley – Fighting Roman
2 – 16 July 2017, 11am – 12 noon and 2 – 3pm
5 – 12 years

Explore the wonderful and curious replica artefacts of Roman armour and dress in this hands-on discovery device in our galleries.

Activity backpacks – Pompeii tours for children
Daily throughout the run of the exhibition, 9.30am – 5pm
2 – 12 years

Explore our latest exhibition Escape from Pompeii and the galleries with fun and creative activity backpacks. Limited availability. Book your backpack at the concierge desk on arrival.

All daily activities are included in the museum School Holidays Big Tickets which provides access to everything the museum has to offer including Action Stations, submarine HMAS Onslow, destroyer HMAS Vampire and HMB Endeavour – $32 per adult, $20 per child/concession, $79 per family.

Tours and workshops

Family Torchlight Tour: Wild Thing!
13 July 2017, 6pm – 7.30pm
Ages: 4 -12 and adults

Join your character guide for a dramatic after-dark tour through the museum galleries and our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Enjoy creative capers, light refreshments and exclusive after-hours access to the exhibition.

$22 per child, $18 per adult. Bookings essential.

Photography workshop: Cockatoo Island Escapes
12 July 2017, 10am – 3.30pm
Ages 8-14

Ferry out to the spectacular shipyards of Cockatoo Island for an adventurous photography workshop. Build skills in using digital SLR cameras and learn photo editing techniques.

Have your photos printed and exhibited in a special exhibition at the museum.

Bookings essential.

Animation workshop – Claymation Creations
5 or 6 July 2017, 10am – 4pm
Ages 8-14

Discover how to produce your own stop-motion and clay animations inspired by our exhibitions on show – Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Escape from Pompeii in this fun filled one day workshop.

Create your own animated show to share and have your work featured on the museum’s youtube channel.

Bookings essential.

Under 5s tours – Alphabet Animals
4, 8, 11, 15 July 2017, 10am, 11am
Ages 5 and under
$6 per child, $8 per adult

Discover animal pictures and specimens on display with movement, songs, story time and messy play in a fun and interactive learning program especially designed for toddlers.

Bookings essential.


Escape from Pompeii – the untold Roman Rescue

This new international exhibition reveals the untold story of the dramatic rescue attempt by the Roman navy following one of history’s most famous and devastating natural disasters – the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD.

The exhibition brings to Australia rare artefacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum and from sites around the Bay of Naples including beautiful jewellery, lamps, tableware, a mirror, and even food items such as bread, wheat and figs, all remarkably preserved in the ash and debris.

Five haunting body casts of victims of the eruption are also included, capturing their final moments which were also preserved in the ash.

Escape from Pompeii has been developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti.

Entry is included in the museum’s Big Ticket $32 per adult, $20 per child/concession, $79 per family.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural worlds’ most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

Launching in 1995 and attracting 361 entries, the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.

Tickets to the exhibition also include entry to a 3D shark film in the museum’s theatre.

Entry is included in the museum’s Big Ticket $32 per adult, $20 per child/concession, $79 per family.

Source: Australian National Maritime Museum

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