Festive fun for the whole family from Saturday 21 December to Sunday 5 January – from merry Make and Takes to glistening light trails, Christmas at the Museum takes on the theme of Lanterns and Lights with a magical nautical twist.

Decked in festive lights Daisy Belle and Zander, traditional wooden boats, take on the role of our magnificent Christmas trees as they welcomes visitors into the Museum.

Magical Make and Takes

Under the warm glow of a paper Packet Ship lantern, glistening lights inspire our pre-Christmas workshops as we make macramé lanterns for the festive season. After Christmas take part in our light installation as we create a flotilla of lit paper boats to display in the Main Hall. Create two, one for the installation in the Museum and one to take home. Each boat will hold a wish for the year ahead.

Magical Make and Takes – 12.00 noon until 3.30 pm

Packet Ship Letter Trail

Search high and low for the packet ship letters dotted around the Museum – discover them all to claim your prize.

Museum Favourites

As well as our festive activities enjoy all the other family favourites, including sea life spotting from the giant underwater windows in the Tidal Zone, panoramic views from the top of the Lookout Tower, the Treasure Island Play Zone and 15 fascinating galleries.

Free as part of your annual pass

All of the Lanterns and Lights activities are free as part of the admission price. Pay once and receive a whole year of fun, including all school holiday activities.