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One of Sydney’s most spectacular waterside venues – the Australian National Maritime Museum – has launched its new event experiences for corporate clients in spectacular style.

The museum staged a scintillating event on Thursday night, celebrating 2018’s milestones and sharing news for the year ahead.

Travel industry guests defied a bit of rough weather and had a great time sampling cocktails made from Illawarra plums and other exotic ingredients, gaining insights into the museum venue and meeting some colourful resident pirates.

The Corporate Family Fun Day packages include access to vessels, pirate guides, craft activities including ‘make your own pirate cupcakes’ and treasure hunt tours across the museum’s galleries.  The experience is available to all ages and caters for between 80 to 1500 people.

Thursday’s event – held in partnership with its award-winning caterer, Laissez Faire Catering, and sponsors White Umbrella and Douglas Fabian Production – gave the Australian National Maritime Museum plenty of scope to demonstrate its ability to offer special spaces and full-scale entertainment, while immersing guests in fascinating natural history and maritime heritage.

‘Arrggh, shiver me timbers!’ Pirate at Australian National Maritime Museum. Photo by Peter Needham

The Museum hosted nearly half a million special events guests across a diverse mix of conferences and events in 2018.  They utilised the full spectrum of the museum’s expansive range of 11 venues, which offer a total capacity of up to 2500 guests across the precinct.

The new offering is part of a continued focus for the Museum as an events venue, says acting general manager, commercial services, Rebecca O’Brien.

“The Museum is perfectly positioned to create a memorable, experience -based event, which is so important for organisers when trying to engage conference delegates.

Australian National Maritime Museum precinct

“With a spectacular backdrop like Sydney Harbour, our access to the ICC and Darling Harbour attractions, our showcase of ever-changing exhibitions, innovative catering and connections with entertainers and speakers – both within the Museum and externally – an event at the Museum offers a multisensory experience which is very appealing.”

These experiences encompass a wide range of both entertaining and informative offerings.  The Museum’s suite of exhibitions and tours can be incorporated into a conference or event program.

They include the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – an annual exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London from 7 March to 25 August 2019; the Museum’s ongoing program of guided tours aboard its docked vessels and behind the scenes; and engaging talks charting a historical timeline from the Eora first people, to First Fleet seafarers and the rich history of immigration to our shores.

Entertainment by night at Australian National Maritime Museum

When the educational portion of an event is over, the Museum provides flexible event spaces to cater to large scale festivities or intimate dining functions.

“We’ve had everything from tap dancers, Cher impersonators and full-scale brass bands performing from the top of the Waterfront Pavilion, but can just as easily provide an intimate wardroom dinner for 16 people on board the HMAS Vampire,” O’Brien said.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is committed to sharing Australia’s maritime history and connecting the stories, objects, people and places that are part of the country’s narrative.

Written by Peter Needham

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