Join the crew of HMS Adventure this summer…
Plus: live performance, storytelling, and new activities every week
Be inspired by heroic voyages of exploration like Captain Bligh’s HMS Bounty! Join the crew of HMS Adventure to explore the Pacific Islands in our brand-new Play Zone. Plus, live performance, storytelling and new activities every week – times, dates, and details are below.
Join the crew of HMS Adventure
It’s 1799, and the brave crew of HMS Adventure is charting the dangerous Pacific Ocean. The ship has just dropped anchor off a deserted island and you have volunteered to explore the island with the scientists.
Get in character…who will you be?
The Midshipman – with responsibility and a smart uniform. The Cook – got to keep that crew well fed. The Ordinary Sailor – a hard-working crew member or The Botanist, out to discover new plants, animals and specimens to bring home.
Explore the island…
Slide down the waterfall, explore an underground cave, and hop around on giant insects!
Help the botanist discover new wildlife
Can you help the botanist from HMS Adventure discover what sorts of wildlife are living on our Pacific island? Some of the creatures are hidden around the museum, will you be able to find them all in time?
Live performance, storytelling + new activities every week…
All activities are free with your museum ticket. For dates and times see below.
Awesome Adventurers week | 14 – 20 August
Live performance: Rattlebox Theatre – ‘Tales of Awesome Adventures’ – storytelling creating a little magic and a lot of laughter.
Tuesday 15 + Thursday 17 August | 11:30am, 12.30pm and 2pm
Make and takes: Make the things you will need for your own awesome adventure; a compass badge to find your way home; a sword or flintlock pistol to fight off dangerous animals, or fearsome pirates; a newly discovered tropical bird to wear on your shoulder?
Daily | 12 -3.15 pm
LATE NIGHT OPENING: THURSDAY 17 AUGUST – OPEN TILL 7.30PM
Celts, Saxons and Vikings week | 21 – 27 August
Live performance: Rattlebox Theatre – Beouwolf Puppet Show
Tuesday 22 August | 11:30am and 2pm
Thorsday! Join Seawolves our tame band of Vikings and discover what Viking combat was really like!
Thursday 24 August
Make and Takes: Discover your inner warrior! Make swords, shields, helmets and axes.
Daily | 12 – 3pm
LATE NIGHT OPENING: THURSDAY 24 AUGUST – OPEN TILL 7.30PM
Monsters and Mermaids week | 28 August – 3 September
Live performance: Squashbox Theatre – ‘The Sea Show’ – a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret
Tuesday 29 August | 11:30am + 2pm
Thursday 31 August | 11:30am + 2pm
Make and takes: Magnificent monster masks, monstrous + magical puppets.
Daily | 12 -3.15 pm
LATE NIGHT OPENING: THURSDAY 31 AUGUST – OPEN TILL 7.30PM
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