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James Cameron: Challenging the Deep

Discover Cameron's lifelong pursuit of deep ocean science, technology and exploration.

James Cameron: Challenging the Deep is a major new immersive exhibition. The exhibition traces Cameron’s lifelong pursuit of and achievements in deep ocean science, technology and exploration including his record breaking dives in Deepsea Challenger, the submersible vessel he designed that was built in Sydney.

Visitors will experience how Cameron’s drive and passion for understanding and exploring our oceans has shone a light on the spectacular phenomena and mysteries of the least known place on earth. His work enabled maritime archaeologists to document and understand the shipwrecks of RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck.

The exhibition immerses visitors into an underwater environment using cinema scale projections, artefacts and specimens from his expeditions, underwater recording, lighting, communication and diving technologies pioneered by Cameron. View props and costumes from the feature films The Abyss and Titanic made possible by his drive to understand the challenges of the deep.

The exhibition has been developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum with the Avatar Alliance Foundation and is funded by the museum’s USA Bicentennial Gift Fund.



Every day, 9.30am to 5pm

Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Wednesday 30 January 2019

Except Christmas Day


Adult: $20.00
Child (4-15 years): $12.00
Student: $12.00
Member: Free
Family: $50.00
Child (under 4): Free

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