To celebrate this Lunar New Year – the Year of the Dog – the Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting a ‘pawesome’ family event on Sunday 4th March. 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 our exhibitions. Learn animal stories through performances, tours, trails, face painting, dress ups and creative crafts.

Paws and Claws  family fun day - Sunday 4th March, 11am – 4pm

The full program includes:

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.

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.

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!

Collaborative art making - Bling on Bailey - 11am – 3pm
Join in making a collaborative artwork inspired by our favourite museum 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 our Arctic Voices exhibition.

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 our 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 artefacts from the education collection.

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

The Australian National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour, is open from 9.30am to 5pm. All enquiries (02) 9298 3777 or visit

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Jude Timms (02) 9298 3645; 0418 219 841;