Setting sail for 2011: Planet Shark inhabits ANMM

Happy new year!

We’re currently experiencing one of our busiest visiting periods here at the Australian National Maritime Museum. It’s a great time to consider visiting us as the atmosphere at the museum and surrounding Darling Harbour is buzzing!

Planet Shark – Predator or Prey is the highlight of our summer program, with kids and adults alike enjoying learning about the 350 different species of shark living in our oceans today.

Planet Shark - Predator or Prey - The Exhibition

Planet Shark - Predator or Prey - The Exhibition

Is our fear of sharks rational? There is no question that the fear of sharks is real and can be a serious affliction for some, but where has it come from? Explore this exhibition’s recreated 3D images of prehistoric sharks, significant pieces of memorabilia from the movie JAWS! and realistic life-size shark models on display.

You’ll also be able to join a fun and fact-filled tour with our Planet Shark character – Finn the Diver – who will lead you into the underwater domain of sharks and help debunk the myths.

Mary-Louise Williams, director of the Australian National Maritime Museum and Tim Winton, novelist and conservationist introduced Planet Shark – Predator or Prey at the ANMM late last year and we’ve been busy with plenty of visitors since.
Click here to see video from the event.

* The Exhibition has been made available by Grande Exhibitions of Australia.

Great White Shark - Planet Shark

Great White Shark - Planet Shark

There’s plenty more happening around the museum this summer!

  • To keep the older kids out of mischief, check out our youth programs - photography, drama and TV presenting, presented in collaboration with NIDA that focus on our key exhibitions.
  • Australia Day will be upon us soon, and where better to celebrate than at the ANMM? This will be the very last chance to see the HMB Endeavour before she commences preparation for her year long circumnavigation of Australia. Bring your picnics and enjoy the day on the foreshore with us.
  • Our under-5’s Mini Mariners programs recommence in February and March, and the excitement is building for Playgroups NSW ‘The Worlds’ Biggest Playgroup Day’, to be held at the ANMM.
  • On their own – Britain’s child migrants is still showing, and will be with us until mid-May.
Youth photography workshops

Youth photography workshops

We’d love you to join us here at the Australian National Maritime Museum this summer. If you’re unable to make it, do join us online at or