Australian National Maritime Museum
We Australians are closely linked to the sea, our oceans and waterways have influenced our development and who we are. This museum captures these themes with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities for kids and even the chance to board ships.
What's On At The Australian National Maritime Museum
The Australian National Maritime Museum boasts an amazing fleet of tall ships, navy vessels, a cold war submarine and beautifully restored historic boats to explore, plus immersive experiences, and engaging activities for children and families.
During school term, Mini Mariners welcomes 2-5 year-olds and their parents/carers. Explore the galleries, sing and dance in interactive tours with costumed guides. Enjoy creative free play, craft, games, dress-ups and story time in our themed activity area.
The Maritime Museum also runs Sea-side Strollers tour and play sessions for tiny tots and their carers, Sensory-Friendly Sundays to suit people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities and great school holiday programs and activities for ages 5-12 and 8-14.
The Sunflowers Scheme
The Australian National Maritime Museum is an inclusive and accessible beacon for families and individuals with hidden disabilities. Joining the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program in October 2021, ANMM dedicates their services to provide an accommodating and supportive experience for all guests.
The museum warmly welcomes over 1000 individuals annually who utilise the Sunflower lanyard, indicating the presence of a hidden disability. Additionally, their Sensory Friendly Program sees participation from around 650 guests each year. All these initiatives affirm ANMM's commitment to the Sunflower Scheme and their overarching endeavour to embrace neurodiversity and sensory needs.
Visitors can obtain Sunflower lanyards from the front ticketing desk. Additionally, there are quiet spaces such as the terrace room and the Sydney Harbour Gallery available for visitors seeking a serene setting.
ANMM provides comprehensive accessibility information including visual stories, a museum map, physical access tips, and contact details for customised support.
We applaud ANMM's dedicated work in creating an inclusive and accessible venue for all visitors.
Find Out More About The Australian National Maritime Museum
Ellaslist opinion: The Australian National Maritime Museum is not just for maritime history buffs, it is truly dedicated to introducing children to our national sea-faring history in a fun and engaging way. And mums and dads are sure to gain a greater appreciation of how inextricably linked our nation’s evolution is to the ocean that surrounds us.
We recommend two hours for your visit especially if you tour the boats and submarine, which tend to be the real highlights of a visit.
The facilities are as family friendly as you will find, with excellent pram access, parents’ rooms and a very child-friendly café.
Tickets: Tickets provide access to everything that is open at the museum, including vessels, all permanent galleries and special exhibitions.
Child (under 15) $15
Child (under 4) FREE
Annual memberships and family passes are also available.
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Getting there: Catch the train to Town Hall station and walk across Pyrmont Bridge. For more transport and parking details, visit the planning your visit section of the website.
Facilities: The museum is accessible to strollers and prams via ramps and lifts. There are unisex baby care facilities near the entry foyer and on the lower level. Children are welcome at Yots café, where you can warm bottles and use highchairs. An adjoining kiosk offers sandwiches, light snacks and drinks.
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