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Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventures Plunges Audiences into the Mysteries of the Deep at Mystic Seaport Museum

A new immersive exhibition opens June 8, 2024, in the Collins Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum.  The Australian National Maritime Museum and Flying Fish present Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventuresan interactive exhibition that blends exploration and adventure in an imaginative setting—the kind immortalized by Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and celebrated in popular culture from Jacques Cousteau to the Octonauts. 

At the heart of this exhibition lies the fantastical submarine Nautilus inviting visitors to climb aboard to discover the inner workings of a deep-sea vessel. Curious, adventure-loving kids of all ages can take the helm, peer through periscopes, crank the propeller, test out the bunks, and delve into Captain Nemo’s Cabinet of Curiosities, filled with incredible marine specimens. The highly interactive experience offers insights into marine habitats, diving equipment, and maritime archaeology, providing immersive experiences for children and engaging content for adults. 

“At Flying Fish, we strive to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation, and this partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum allows us to do just that. Through imaginative technology and masterful storytelling, this exhibition creates a multi-sensory experience that transports visitors into a world where exploration and wonder merge seamlessly,” said Jay Brown, Principal and Managing Director of Flying Fish. 

“Jules Verne’s novel was a work of imagination, encouraging wonder at the unknown world beneath our seas. There’s still so much we need to learn about the underwater world, and Voyage to the Deep will inspire the next generation of undersea explorers. Dive in!” said Dr. Peter Hobbins, Head of Content at the Australian National Maritime Museum. 

Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventures includes a wide range of activities, from full-body experiences like slides and climbing structures to simple tabletop games. It’s an unforgettable journey that combines science education, exploration, and entertainment for families, students, and adventure seekers alike. 

We are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity for everyone seeking adventure this summer. Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventures will allow visitors to experience the magic of Captain Nemo’s world in this celebration of Jules Verne’s literary masterpiece.” said Margaret Milnes, Vice President of Visitor Journey. “We invite visitors to dive into the wonders of the deep sea to find their sea story at the Museum!” 

Visit to find your sea story within the rich tapestry of maritime history at Mystic Seaport Museum. Voyage to the Deep – Underwater Adventures will be open daily throughout the summer, closing on September 2, 2024. 

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime Museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org and follow the Museum on FacebookXYouTube, and Instagram.

About Flying Fish 

A leading creator of traveling exhibitions, Flying Fish collaborates with top museums and science centers to produce extraordinary and influential experiences. Our exhibitions have impacted millions of visitors, from Melbourne to New York, generating sustainable income for their clients and inspiring fans worldwide. For Museums. By Museums. flyingfishexhibits.com

About Australian National Maritime Museum 

The Australian National Maritime Museum is Australia’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. The museum presents a changing program of stimulating exhibitions and events to share Australia’s maritime history and connect the stories, objects, people and places that are part of our country’s narrative. We welcome over 850,000 visitors annually including families, interstate and international tourists. Connecting with audiences outside of Sydney, interstate and across regional Australia is a big part of what we do. Our diverse touring exhibitions give regional communities the chance to view and learn more about the fascinating stories behind the National Maritime Collection.