Lunar New Year. Humphrey Muleba, Unsplash

Lunar New Year 2020

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2020 (the Year of the Rat) with fun activities throughout January and February.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with a calendar of festive events and activities for all ages, including lion dances, Mandarin tours, creative arts and crafts for kids and a 'Spot the Rat' activity trail in honour of the Year of the Rat. 

The museum's sell-out event of last summer, Murder Mystery at Sea, is back with 'The Great Ratsby', a brand-new 1920s-style thriller aboard the Ena, one of the finest Edwardian steam yachts in the world, for just six nights in January. The adults-only adventure mixes gangsters with the party set as they’ll seek to unravel the mystery of a body found floating in the harbour. 

The diverse program will run from 10 January to 9 February, celebrating with festivities for Lunar New Year on the 25 January 2020 and continuing until February 9th.

Special Lunar New Year menu - available at Yots Cafe from 12 January to 9 February 2020. 
- Prawn dumplings with ginger vinegar sauce $9.90 (3 serves)
- Tofu with steam buk choy & king mushroom with scallop sauce, served with rice (V) $12.50
- Iced Tea or Green Tea $2.80

Entry to all zones included in a Big Ticket admission. Members FREE.

Mandarin Speaking Tours
12 January - 9 February | 10am, 11am, 2pm, 2:45pm

Lunar New Year, HMAS Vampire

Join this gallery tour to learn about early Australian history, indigenous Australians, colonisation and migration, followed by a wharf visit to the vessels to be explored at leisure.

The Great Ratsby
Friday and Saturday evenings, 10 January – 25 January 2020
6-7:30pm and 8-9:30pm

Murder Mystery At Sea - The Great Ratsby.

Sydney in mid-1920s is a city ready to explode. Gangs, the plague, police and the legend that is “The Great Ratsby” come together on a steamy night in January. At a ritzy party on the luxury yacht Ena, gangsters mix with the Sydney party set until a body is found floating in the harbour. Once the body is discovered, the police and detective arrive and guests are coerced in assisting with the investigation. Guests move from the wharf into the museum, back of house and the loading dock as they search for clues and try and uncover the mystery. Join Detective First Class Xavier Harris, as he trolls the murky underworld of Sydney docks to unravel the mystery behind the body in the water.

Creative Crafts
Sundays 11am - 3pm throughout February 

Art classes. Image: Kate Pentecost, ANMM 

Celebrate Lunar New Year with creative crafts inspired by traditional stories and mythological maritime creatures. Craft a water-dragon shadow puppet, stamp a rat-hat, fold a paper fish lantern, paint watercolour lotus blossoms or learn ink brush lettering.

Lion and Dragon Dance Performances
Sunday 2 February 2020, 12pm and 1pm

On Sharks and Humanity exhibition opening 

Spectacular traditional dance performances by Dong Tam Association.

Spot the Rat - Activity Trail
Every day from 26 January to 9 February

Kids Activity Trails 

Explore the museum with a special Lunar New Year themed activity trail challenge. Spot the rats. Can you find them all?  Enter your finished trail in our competition for a chance to win an amazing store prize pack giveaway.

Main image: Humphrey Muleba, Unsplash


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