Deep Oceans

07 Dec 2013 - 02 Mar 2014

Enter a dark and dangerous world of giant sea creatures and bizarre fish as you journey below the Earth’s surface to discover what lies beneath in Deep Oceans - a new joint exhibition from the Australian Museum and Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre.

From the Vampire Squid and Dragonfish to the Sea Mouse, Fangtooth and Squat Lobster – this hands-on exhibition will showcase all the weird and wonderful animals that make their homes 4000 metres below the sea.

You can visit the official Deep Oceans website to explore more about the exhibition.

Entry fees apply

  • Three years & under free
  • $5 child (4 - 15 years)
  • $8 concession (student, pensioner, senior)
  • $5 adult
  • $25 family (family of four)

Kid's Activity Bags

Our special Deep Oceans Activity Bags will help your kids explore the Deep Oceans exhibition as well as give them stuff to do at home! Available from the Museum Reception for $5 each, the bags include:

  • Disgusting Ditties of the Deep
  • Go and Find activity
  • Twister in a Bottle
  • Up and Down in a Submarine
  • Create your own Deep Sea Diver
  • Plus stickers and more... 

Come to a Glow in the Dark Disco!

Transport yourself down to the deep sea where light cannot reach! We’re having a Deep Oceans Disco where creatures (and that includes you) glow in the dark. Wriggle your tentacles, groove your fins and dance to Ruby the Clown’s tunes.

When:5 - 7pm, Wednesday 22 January
Ages: 12 & under
Cost : Disco $5 per child
Face painting $2 per person

No need to book, just drop in!

You can make decorations for the disco at our special Deep Sea Decorator's tables. See information below:

Deep Sea Decorator’s Craft Tables

Help – we need the decorators in – Deep Sea Decorators that is! Come and make the weird and wonderful sea creatures you’re likely to find in our ocean’s depths. Some glow in the dark while others are just plain ugly. Your creations will be used to decorate the Deep Oceans Disco on 22 January.

When: 10am – 12pm, Monday 6,13, 20 January and Friday 10,17 January
Ages: All welcome
Cost: $2 per child
No need to book, just drop in!

Spot the Squidmobile and win!

Win free passes by entering our Squidmobile competition! Find out more on our Squidmobile page.

Meet Inky

Inky is the Museum's very own pink and friendly giant octopus. Find out how you can meet him!

Meet the Octonauts on the Special Kid's Trail

The Octonauts are a crew of eight animals who explore the ocean in search of adventure. From their undersea "Octopod" base, the Octonauts are always ready to embark on new exciting missions.

Young deep ocean explorers can join Captain Barnacles and the Octonauts on a special adventure through the exhibition. Help them solve puzzles and make discoveries. Explore! Rescue! Protect!

To assist Captain Barnacles with a sea creatures rescue mission and explore the ocean visit the Octonauts website.

Education Materials

To achieve the strongest educational value for your students, there are a range of activities that can be enjoyed before, during and/or after a visit.

Download these useful Educational Kits to prepare for the exhibition:

Deep Oceans Educational Kit - Australian Curriculum - DeepOceansEducationKitAustralianCurriculum.pdf [2Mb]

Deep Oceans Educational Kit - NSW Curriculum - DeepOceansEducationKitNSWCurriculum.pdf [2Mb]

For further information and bookings contact the Museum's Public Programs Officer on 02 4974 1422 or email



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