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Paws and Claws Family Event - March 4

To celebrate the Year of the Dog – the Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting the Paws and Claws family event on Sunday 4th March and invites you to bring your canine friends!

Museum working dog Bailey, Assistant Director of Seagulls, invites children and dog lovers to bring their four-legged friends to the museum precinct and enjoy activities inspired by animals featured in various exhibitions. Learn animal stories through performances, tours, trails, face painting, dress ups and creative crafts.


  • Outdoor activities for dogs - Canine Capers - 10am – 2pm 
Bring your precious pooch to engage in photo opportunities, pet portrait workshops, pet industry market stalls, prizes, dog treats and puppy minding by Mad Paws.
* To ensure a smooth day please make sure your doggy is fully vaccinated, on a leash at all times, is socialised and generally non-aggressive to people or other dogs.

  • Meet and Greet - Bailey, Assistant Director of Seagulls - 11am, 2pm 
Meet the museum’s working dog Bailey, Assistant Director of Seagulls and witness his sensational seagull chasing abilities!
  • Kids Craft Actvities – Paws and Claws - 11am – 3pm
Enjoy dress-ups, art making and games inspired around our furry friends! Make an animal mask or hat, print tote bags or a souvenir badge. 
  • Collaborative art making - Bling on Bailey - 11am – 3pm

Join in making a collaborative artwork inspired by the museum's favourite employee!

  • Animal inspired Face Painting – 11am - 3.30pm
  • Character appearance – Mischa the Polar Bear - 11.15am, 3.30pm
    Meet and have your picture taken with Mischa, our roving polar bear character, in association with the Arctic Voices exhibition. Paws and Claws - 11am – 3pm

  • Circus show - The Stowaway Critter Circus Show - 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
    Enjoy interactive circus performances centered on the unusual passengers who dwelled aboard the museum’s RAN Destroyer HMAS Vampire.

  • Saltwater Stories and live animal encounter - 11.30am, 12.30am, 2pm
    Join in stories and songs and animal encounters inspired by the Gapu Monuk Saltwater exhibition with Dharawal Knowledge keeper, Shannon Foster.

  • Lion Dance Performance – 3pm
    Witness members from the martial arts academy Dong Thanh Alliance perform a lion dance to celebrate Lunar New Year.

    • Mandarin Touch Trolley - Creature Feature –10am, 2pm
    To celebrate Lunar New Year, our cabinet of curiosities will be offering Mandarin language translated sessions of our popular touch table featuring specimens and artifacts from the education collection.

    When: Sunday 4th March 2018, from 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour (open 9.30am - 5pm) 

    All Paws and Claws day activities are included in Activities ticket $8 Adult, $6 Child or any paid entry.

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