Australian National Maritime Museum

  • Toddlers
    All Ages

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.

The Australian National Maritime Museum offers fantastically organised activities for toddlers, pre-schoolers and older school children. 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 great school holiday programs and activities for ages 5-12 and 8-14.

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.

Allow 2 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.

Additional charges apply for exploring the museum’s vessels, special exhibitions and Kids on Deck. See website for details.

Getting there: Catch the train to Town Hall station and walk across Pyrmont Bridge.  For other transport information, click HERE.

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.

For more information, visit the website.

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