Our family has been regular visitors to the Australian Maritime Museum for many years. My daughter AJ has always loved the school holidays hands-on programs, which are themed to the current exhibition. 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.
On a recent visit we explored the newly opened Action Stations – a hi-tech and immersive journey that highlights the inner workings of the Australian Navy. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the action and drama through interactive displays – and the best way to engage kids these days (how old does that make me sound!) is through interaction. Our kids definitely enjoyed the hands-on opportunities on offer!
The Discover and Exploration space helps visitors explore over 100 years of Navy vessels and Navy history. There are large touch screen tablets that are set at a great height for everyone, including wheelchair users.
There are photos and audio exhibits and you can also learn more about the submarines AE2 and AE1, as well as maritime archaeology.
My only regret was that my husband wasn’t with us … he would have spent hours absorbing the history and information contained in Action Stations.
My son BJ loved 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 that transports you inside Vampire and Onslow during operations. The size of the screen and action is really involving 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. There are baby change facilities in both buildings.
Limited disabled parking is available (by prior arrangement and based on availability) behind the Museum. Call security to check availability before heading to the Museum – (02) 9298 3777
The Australian Companion Card is accepted.
The ships and submarines are not wheelchair accessible.
– Julie Jones is the creator of Have Wheelchair Will Travel, where she combines her skills as an ex-travel consultant with her life and experiences as a mother to her son BJ, who has cerebral palsy.