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by Sue Hinchey (subscribe)
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Published June 26th 2016
Harbourside Happenings are a Humdinger
Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

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.

Navy Warship
explore a naval warship

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.

See where sailors eat and sleep on a Sub.

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.

Ships canons
Historic canons

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.

Clocks and Stars
The Search for Longitude Exhibition

Finish off your visit with a stroll through the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, currently on loan from the Natural History Museum of London.

Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Showcasing just 100 photographs from an amazing 42,000 entries, some of the most compelling and exquisite shots have been taken by 10 - 17 year olds.

Junior Photographer
Ruffs on Display winner of the 11 -14 year olds

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.

Grand Title - Tale of Two Foxes

Komodo Dragons
Komodos on Komodo Island

See for what's also coming up in July at the Museum and nearby Darling Harbours 'Cool Yule' month of activities.

Darling Harbour
Cool Yule July at Darling Harbour

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.
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Why? Ships Clocks Stars Photographs
When: Jun - Aug 2016
Phone: 02-92983777
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
Cost: $30 Big Ticket or individual exhibits
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