Our family has been regular visitors to the Australian Maritime Museum for many years. AJ used to love the school holiday hands-on programs and would usually take a friend for company. For me, the Australian Maritime Museum has always been a great activity when I’m on my own with the kids because it has such easy access. The exhibitions are always changing so I’m guaranteed to find something interesting each time we visit.
Hubby was away last weekend so I took the kids to see the newly opened Action Stations. It is a hi-tech and immersive journey which shows visitors the inner workings of the Australian Navy. Visitors get the opportunity to experience the action and drama through interactive displays. The best way to engage kids these days (how old does that make me sound) is through interaction and our kids definitely enjoyed the hands-on opportunities on offer.
The Discover and Exploration space, pictured above, helps visitors to explore over 100 years of Navy vessels and Navy history. There are large touch screen tablets which are set at a great height for everyone, including wheelchair users.
There are photos, audio exhibits and visitors can also learn more about the submarines AE2 and AE1, as well as maritime archaeology.
Hubby would have spent hours if he had been with us.
One of BJ’s favourite activities was the Mission Strategy. He had a great time choosing a mission and then watching the outcome.
It would be hard not to get caught up in the thrilling short film on a giant screen which transports you inside Vampire and Onslow during operations. The size of the screen and action really transports you and allows you to have an insight into the force and vastness of the ocean, the speed and power of the destroyer and the submerged stealth of the submarine.
The main building of the Australian Maritime Museum contains an ever changing range of exhibitions. The whole space is wonderfully accessible and the gift shop has often provided a gift idea for someone who is difficult to buy for in our family.
- The Maritime Museum has excellent disabled bathroom facilities both in the new Action Stations building and in the main building.
- Limited disabled parking is available (by prior arrangement and based on availability) behind the Museum. Please call security to check if available before heading to the Museum – 9298 3777
- The Australian Companion Card is accepted.
The ships and submarines are not wheelchair accessible.
We were given a free pass to explore the new Actions Stations exhibit at the Maritime Museum but as always my opinions are genuine.
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