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SharksCome on in - the water’s fine.

Older than dinosaurs—and more threatened than threatening—sharks are spectacular, surprising and often misunderstood. Discover the incredible diversity of this ancient and fascinating group of fishes.

  • Augmented reality interactives that transport you into a virtual world, allowing you to get up close with a swimming whale shark or come face to face with a Great White shark
  • Real, touchable shark specimens from the Australian Museum collection
  • Life-size shark models ranging from 18-inch epaulette shark to the 26-foot whale shark
  • Gain a unique perspective through the eyes of a hammerhead shark

February 7 – May 4, 2025

For 450 million years they’ve dominated Earth’s oceans.
Today, their existence has never been under more threat.

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Submerge yourself in the world of Sharks!

In this immersive blockbuster exhibition created by Australian Museum experts, visitors will go back in time to meet sharks’ ancient ancestors, come face to face with an 26-foot-long whale shark and uncover their extraordinary adaptations with interactive displays, touchable specimens and objects from the Australian Museum collections. With cultural connections reaching back countless generations, visitors will discover how Indigenous peoples’ knowledge of sharks can help us protect them.

With rising temperatures, industrial fishing and oceans choked by pollution, sharks are in great danger. Our attitudes and our actions will decide the fate of these ancient survivors – do you dare to dive in?

Jaw-some Stuff for Kids and Families

  • Come Face-to-Face With Life-Sized Models

    Visitors will encounter 10 life-sized, scientifically accurate models, including the now extinct 270-million-year-old Helicoprion (also known as the buzzsaw shark); the bull shark, which lives in fresh water for extended periods of time; and the great white shark, one of the most famous (and feared) species of shark. Other sharks on display include the tiger shark, greynurse shark and gammerhead shark.

  • Interactive & Immersive

    Sharks explorers will get hands-on through unique artifacts and tactile displays, which include touchables such as a megalodon jaw, shark skin recreations and a great white tooth. Guests of all ages can explore the inside of a shark’s body using interactive displays, evolve and adapt a virtual shark to different environments and experience a 360-degree view of the world from the perspective of a hammerhead shark. State-of-the-art projections and a specially designed virtual ‘oceanarium’ showcasing the majesty and power of sharks swimming through the ocean create a dramatic and captivating experience.

  • Beyond the Bite

    Did you know sharks existed before the dinosaurs? They have survived five mass extinctions in Earth’s history! But now sharks face serious threats. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that a quarter of shark species are endangered. Inside Sharks, you’ll learn the very latest conservation information, sharks’ role in ocean ecosystems and ongoing protection efforts. Plus, gain valuable insights on shark safety, so you can enjoy the ocean even in shark-inhabited waters.

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Under Threat

Sharks is an exhibition about sharks, but it is also an exhibition about us.

Having swum in the world’s oceans for over 450 million years and survived five global mass extinctions, sharks are now under threat. Unsustainable fishing, habitat destruction and climate change are impacting sharks. Our attitudes and our actions will decide the fate of these ancient survivors.

In Sydney, where the Pacific meets Australia, the community is honored to have Indigenous peoples, scientists and conservationists sharing their stories about sharks.