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Show Schedule

  • 16 April 2019 / 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 17 April 2019 / 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Scientist for a day - marine biologist
Scientist for a day - marine biologist Image: Australian Museum
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Dive into the underwater world of whales in this full day program for mini-marine biologists aged 8-12 years.

Did whales ever walk on land? Do they sleep? Why do whales beach themselves? Children will discover the latest research and meet real scientists to help answer these fascinating questions. Dr. Vanessa Pirotta will share her research using drones to collect whale snot for an assessment of whale health.

Part of the day includes exclusive access to our immersive exhibition Whales | Tohorā, where children come face-to-face with the world’s largest animals and celebrates their role in South Pacific Islanders’ rich cultural history.

This special 'Scientist for a Day' program is jam-packed with fun activities including a behind-the-scenes tour of the marine mammal or Ichthyology collection, science experiments, games, and more!

Details and FAQs


8-12 years

Date/s and time

Tuesday, 16 April or Wednesday, 17 April, 9am - 4pm


Non-Member Child $125
AM Member Child $105

Bookings essential

Meeting point

Museum Entrance, corner of William and College Street. Staff will greet group at 9am.

Special notes

Make sure you sign your child in and out on arrival and departure.

What to bring

  • Backpack with morning tea and lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Clothing for outdoors i.e. hat, raincoat, walking/closed-toe shoes, sunscreen as lunch will be in Cook & Philip Park opposite Museum or in the Museum Garden.

No refunds. Transfers need to be made at least 72 hours in advance, subject to availability and AM staff discretion.

For enquiries or to ask us about access services, please email programs@austmus.gov.au or call (02) 9320 6222.

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