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Summerís coolest exhibition
If you want to get away from the heat this summer and pretend it's winter, then head to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour where the mercury will drop in a wonderland that's a world away from Sydney in January.
Arctic Voices is an exhibition that shows you more than just polar bears and ice. It goes deeper into a region that is the opposite of what one might expect. It's true, the Arctic is isolated with harsh weather that tests those not used to the environment but it is also filled with surprises.
A colourful diversity of life exists in this fragile and rapidly changing environment. Beyond penguins, polar bears, seals and whales, you'll also find moose, reindeer, white foxes and snowy owls, along with an abundance of flowering plants that blossom in the brief summer in companion with dwarf shrubs, herbs, mosses and lichens. Your expectations of a barren world will be turned upside down when you marvel at how animals and plants survive and thrive in this wilderness.
Some of the plant life that thrives in the Arctic
Explore with scientists as they catch and tag Arctic whales for the purposes of tracking the behaviour of these mammals and their travels. Over time, one can see the effects of climate change on habitats and the inhabitants. Discover the impact this area has on our whole planet.
The Arctic is also home to dozens of Indigenous or Native peoples, of which the Inuit are one. In this exhibition, you can hear from the people that make the Arctic home and maybe try some Inuit throat singing. Check out the Inukshuk, which is an Inuit word meaning 'in the Spirit of Man'. These man-like structures like the one below have many different meanings and purposes, such as being a signpost for travellers, a place where food has been stored, a memorial to an important event and an aid in hunting Caribou (a species of deer). Today, they're seen as a symbol of friendship by the Inuit and their fellow Canadians.
Be sure to discover The Cabinet of Curiosities, a display device of Arctic artefacts and specimens that are touchable, as well as live theatre in Arctic Adventure and the film Wonders of the Arctic 3D. Children can also enjoy making snow globes and painting with ice.
One of many objects from the Cabinet of Curiosities
Arctic Voices is a fun journey of discovery where children can crawl, pounce, hop and push their way through the exhibition, coming face to face with the animals of the wild. It's a perfect outing for the school holidays where learning and a good time come together.
Open daily from 9.30am-5pm, Arctic Voices runs until 1 May 2018 with some items, such as Cabinet of Curiosities, open only during the school holidays (until 28 January 2018). A Big ticket for $32 (Adult) and $20 (Concession & Child 4-15yrs) will get you access to this exhibition as well as everything else on at the museum on your day of visit. For further information and to book your tickets, visit the museum's website.