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I get seasick so I wasn't game to climb on board the vessels and exhibitions currently on show at the ANMM, but children are going to love the new immersive experience. Tall ships, beautifully restored historic boats, a warship, and a submarine which served during the Cold War are all part of the fleet now on show.
Science and history combine to give you a glimpse of life at sea. Walk on board the three Navy vessels for a dramatic sensation of submarine life. Explore torpedo compartments, look through periscopes and see where hundreds of sailors sleep and eat.
Explore the Endeavour, Captain James Cook's famous ship. Learn what they ate, where they travelled around the globe, and how they managed to avoid dying of scurvy. Marvel at the iron-hulled barque built in 1874 to move produce and manufactured goods to our shores.
The "Ships, Clocks, Stars: The Quest for Longitude" exhibition details how the greatest minds of the 15th and 16th centuries built navigational equipment to lead them from east to west, previously an unknown skill. Beautiful reproductions of the clocks invented and how they aligned their tools with the stars makes for a fascinating lesson in science and discovery.
Make sure you read the accompanying cards which detail not only the camera specifics, but also what patience, perseverance and passion all the photographers must have to achieve what's on show. It truly is a celebration of our beautiful planet and its wildlife.
Open 9.30am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day, the Big Ticket price of $30 for adults and $18 for children 4 - 15 years (under 4 are free) gives you access to all exhibits and vessels. Park all day at Harbourside Secure Parking for $14.00.