There were three full-size skeleton casts (created from an original), including a mosasaur (from Jurassic World) which were impressive, but unlike the Tyrannosaurs exhibition (where the shadows of the skeletons moved) a few years back, there was no interactivity with these and you couldn't touch them.
For younger kids, there was dress ups, floor puzzles, mini dioramas (at floor level) and a fun colour-in station, where they scan your sea monster artwork, and it comes alive on a video screen (though adults are also allowed to participate in this).
Whilst I was hoping for more shark stuff, I did learn something new - sharks secrete excess salt from their bottom!
Do you know how sea creatures expunge excess salt? Image by Jade Jackson.
The highlight for me was a National Geographic 3D movie Sea Monsters 3D: A prehistoric Adventure (runs for about 20minutes at set times 11am, 2pm, 3pm) which is included with your ticket price and features an animated story about the fossil within a fossil on display.
There was also examples of a megalodon tooth next to a great white shark tooth to give you an idea of how small great whites are compared to their giant extinct relatives.
Megalodon tooth next to a great white shark took at the Sea Monsters Exhibition at the Maritime Museum. Image by Jade Jackson.
The best example to help kids understand how big these creatures were, was a photograph taken in 1914 of an archelon fossil (ancient giant turtle) to showcase how creatures we consider adorable and cute, were once just as fearful as crocodiles. Its missing hind flipper was probably bitten off by a shark.
A photograph of an archelon fossil at the Sea Monsters Exhibition. Image by Jade Jackson.
There was a special pop-up gift shop for the Sea Monsters exhibition where you could buy genuine megalodon shark teeth, fossils and other ancient paraphernalia ranging from $30 - $999. There was also t-shirts, models, books and fluffy toys.
You can purchase a ticket for only the Sea Monsters exhibition (including the 3D film) which is:
Children (4-15)/Concession $12
Children under 4 are Free
If you have a full day to spend at the Maritime Museum, you can get 'The Big Ticket' which includes entry to all exhibitions (currently the wildlife photography exhibition is on as well) plus entry to the big ships. Cost for this is:
The light rail stops near the Maritime Museum or you can catch a ferry to Pyrmont Bay. See the getting here section for more info. Nearby the Darling Harbour Shopping Centre has an okay food court with lots of dining options including your usual fast foods. I had a beef and spinach gozleme for $11 which was huge.
If you're looking for a fun rainy day activity for kids interested in dinosaurs or sea creatures then the Sea Monsters exhibition is worth exploring.
Replica (cast) skeleton of a Thalassomedon or long-necked plesiosaur at the Sea Monsters Exhibition at the Maritime Museum. Image by Jade Jackson.