2019 Ocean Talks Series

The psychology of sharks, the fastest man on water, and chasing sea monsters – we’re launching a dynamic new talk series.

For the love of oceans! 

Our exciting new monthly talk series Ocean Talks, features a range of fascinating marine experts, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers who will challenge everything you know about the depths (and shallows) of earth’s oceans. 

Our oceans are at a critical point in history, and the maritime museum has never had a more vital role in marine conservation, exploration and sharing the wonder and mystery of our oceans. Our new series of talks offers a unique experience to immerse yourself in the cutting edge of marine science, provocative art, and controversial thought leadership – all up close and personal.

Ocean Talks tickets include light refreshments and exclusive access to corresponding exhibitions and displays in the hour before the talks (5-6pm).

Thursday 2 May 2019 | 6 – 8pm
Spirit of Adventure

Thursday 23 May 2019 | 6 – 8pm
Maritime Archaeology Mysteries


Thursday 6 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm
Fastest Team On Water

Thursday 4 July 2019 | 6 – 8pm
BAMAL BADU (Earth and Water)


Thursday 8 August 2019 | 6 – 8pm
Bligh: Hero or Villain?

Thursday 5 September 2019 | 6 – 8pm
Bligh and Extreme Journeys


Thursday 7 November 2019 | 6 – 8pm
Hunting Prehistoric Sea Monsters



Discover more about each Ocean Talk event

Be prepared for Jonesy to take you on an emotional journey in what’s sure to be a fascinating evening of storytelling. Learn More
What do the Titanic, a satellite and South Australia have in common? Learn More
Discover the history of The Spirit of Australia and how the team are planning to beat the record in a few months’ time in Spirit2.  Learn More
Aboriginal perspectives of Sydney Harbour. Learn More
Almost universally portrayed as a villain in movies and books, does this view of William Bligh stand up to scrutiny today? Learn More
Join two modern-day adventurers Michelle Lee and Alex Luther as they discuss how they conquered incredible feats of endurance on the open seas. Learn More
Don’t miss out on this rare chance to hear from renowned palaeontologist Dr Espen Knutsen who travels the world searching for evidence of these prehistoric predators. Learn More