Chinese dragon dancing outside the National Maritime Museum

Lunar Sea

Weekends, 10– 25 February 2024

Lunar New Year at the Maritime Museum 

Celebrate the year of the Dragon at the Maritime Museum with language tours and trails every weekend of the Lunar New Year festival culminating in a full weekend of captivating cultural performances and creative family-friendly workshops. 

Program presented in partnership with the China Cultural Centre. 


Every weekend - 10 February to 25 February

Lunar Seas Activity Trail & Lucky Dip Prize packs

10am – 4pm
Adventure around the museum with our Lunar Seas activity trail- inspired by Lunar animals and constellations that feature in the museum’s collection.
Complete your trail to receive a lucky dip pack filled with creative activities. 

Mandarin Language Tours

11am and 1.30pm 
Experience the fascinating maritime history of Australia with your expert Mandarin-speaking guide. Tours encompass the museum’s collection and core galleries around navigation, immigration and Indigenous culture. 


Saturday 24 February

Culture Carnival – Presented by the China Cultural Centre

Immerse yourself in the delights of Chinese New Year and the profound heritage of the ancient Chinese city Xi'an in a day of performances, workshops and displays presented by China Cultural Centre and Xi-an Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism.

Enjoy beautiful performances of traditional instruments, opera and dance.  Join experienced artists to learn Chinese calligraphy, painting and incense art.  Treat your tastebuds to some samples of delicious traditional cuisine, dress up for a photo in gorgeous Tang Dynasty costumes and marvel at displays of intangible cultural heritage from the ancient capital Xi'an. 



Sunday 25 February 

Lunar Maker Space

Open 11am – 3pm, 
Drop-in, free with museum entry
Join in creative Lunar New Year inspired artmaking including ink-painting, lantern making and dragon shadow puppets in these family friendly workshops.

Lunar Performances 

11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm  
Where synchronised dance and drumbeats meet the sea. Enjoy engaging cultural performances including traditional Dragon dance, martial arts demonstrations and roving characters.