Sharks command a strange fascination around the world. Who can argue with the impact of Jaws or the cinematic masterpiece that is Sharknado? Although the chances of being close to one are extremely remote, the ocean predators have been the cause of fear and wonder for a while. If you’re a bit of a shark enthusiast, the Australian Museum’s latest exhibition is one to watch out for. Titled Sharks, visitors will get a chance to see eleven life-size shark models and take part in a number of interactive experiences. Plus there will be free talks by shark experts, photography workshops and more.
Sharks by Australian Museum
Along with the huge exhibition, the AM will also host a number of events and activities to further engage attendees.
The opening weekend on September 24 and 25 will see free performances by the Sydney Youth Orchestra and traditional Mer (Murray) Island dances in Hintze Hall. After an epic start to the exhibition, head to the AM’s theatre for a free talk by shark experts. Called The Epic Evolution of Sharks, this will take place from 11:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, September 24. Keep your calendar clear for September 25 for another free talk titled Sharks, Kinship and Conservation. Walpiri woman and journalist Rachael Hocking and Sharks contributing artist Obery Sambo will present the talk from 11:30am-12:30pm. The two will give valuable insights into First Nations knowledge systems and how cultural practices can contribute to conservation.
There’s a lot more to look forward to. Twilight Bites is a monthly after-dark talk and tour series with renowned shark scientists and cultural experts at the helm. Explore the Sharks exhibition after-hours and get all your burning questions answered by the experts on hand.
Many captivating talks and discussions are planned including Capturing Sharks with Valerie Taylor, with pioneering diver, conservationist and filmmaker Valerie Taylor on Wednesday, October 5. Get complimentary canapes and drinks for Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Michaela Skovranova’s talk Sharks in the Picture on Wednesday, November 2. Learn more conservation stories at Sharks, Protection and Detection on Wednesday, December 7. All talks will set you back by $72, find more info about them here.
There are also heaps of activities planned for the school holidays including clay sculpting workshops, nature photography workshops and a discussion called The Tooth About Sharks.
This immersive exhibition will take you all the way back to ancient sharks and help you see familiar species in a new light.