One hundred years ago, Shackleton’s goal was to save his men from the ice. Today it is the ice that needs saving from us and the human-induced climate change that threatens it. Thin Ice VR brings to life a story of survival at a time when we urgently need to learn how to prevail against the challenges we face. Tim Jarvis AM

In 1914, polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton led the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which became one of history’s greatest stories of leadership and survival. After his ship became trapped in the ice, Shackleton, risking an almost certain death, set sail on an ill-equipped lifeboat, travelling 1,300km to save his crew. More than a century on, modern-day adventurer Tim Jarvis AM recreated the famous events of Shackleton’s voyage, where he discovered that climate change had drastically impacted the region.

In this immersive VR experience, produced by award-winning studio Monkeystack, follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and relive the treacherous expedition. As part of Shackleton's crew, experience the moment the Endurance slipped below the ice, leaving the explorers stranded and alone. Journey through the Antarctic, trekking over perilous ice peaks and down steep icy descents on the quest for safer ground. Stand within shifting glacier walls and uncover an unsettling reality. Shackleton was on a mission to save his men from the ice. Today, we must save the ice from us. See with your own eyes the devastating effects of climate change on the region, as thawing ice threatens the balance of this delicate ecosystem.

Thin Ice VR is an unmissable experience. Book today!

A Monkeystack and Shackleton Epic Adventure Production.



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Ticket prices
Ticket Type Non-Member Member
Adult (16+ years) $20 $16
Child (3-15 years) $12 $9.50
Concession $18 $14.50

Please note: Thin Ice VR is a family friendly exhibition, however, for children aged 8 and under, parental discretion is advised. Supervising adults who are not participating in the VR experience will be admitted without charge. Thin Ice VR has a running time of more than 20 minutes, and younger children may find VR headsets difficult to sustain for the duration of the video. All viewers have the option to remove the headset at any time and can continue to enjoy the film on the large screen without the VR element.

VR experiences are not recommended for people with the following conditions: pacemaker or other implanted medical devices, severe motion sickness or vertigo, fear of enclosed spaces, and other conditions, which may be aggravated by this virtual reality experience.


Thin Ice VR gives us all a chance to experience the wonder of this place with our own eyes, where we can see for ourselves the impact of climate change over the last 100 years. James Calvert (Director, Thin Ice VR)

FAQs

This VR exhibition will open at the Australian Museum on 6 July and will close 13 October 2024 (open daily). Tickets for October sessions will be released shortly.

Allow 40 mins for the exhibition experience, which includes a 22min Virtual Reality video.


Book online.

See ticket prices listed above.

Please note tickets for October sessions will be released shortly.


Yes, this is a VR exhibition, so the ticket price covers entry to the screening room where you will access a head set and an allocated seat to enjoy the 22min video experience.


Tickets may be exchanged and rescheduled to a different date pending ticket availability.


The Australian Museum is offering the VR experience for your recreational enjoyment and you participate at your own risk.

Parental discretion is advised for children under the age of 8. Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult. Supervising adults who are not participating in the VR experience will be admitted without charge.

VR experiences are not recommended for people with certain health conditions, including:

  • pacemaker or other implanted medical device
  • severe motion sickness or vertigo
  • fear of enclosed spaces
  • epilepsy

VR experiences can cause motion sickness, nausea, disorientation and dizziness in some people.

If you experience any symptoms during the VR experience, please discontinue the VR experience and notify an AM staff member.

Please seek medical advice if you have a medical condition and have questions or concerns about the suitability of participating in a VR experience.

The film runs for approximately 22 minutes. Some people may find it uncomfortable to sit for that length of time wearing VR headsets.

If visitors become uncomfortable with the headset, the film is simultaneously shown in 2D on a screen.

By booking tickets, you agree to assume the risks associated with the VR experience on behalf of yourself and any other person who will be participating in the VR experience (including any child of whom you are the parent or guardian) and acknowledge that you have read and understand this ‘risk warning’ prior to booking.


The film runs for approximately 22 minutes. Some children may find it uncomfortable to sit for that length of time wearing VR headsets.

Parental discretion is advised for children under the age of 8. Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult. Supervising adults who are not participating in the VR experience will be admitted without charge.

If visitors become uncomfortable with the headset, the film is simultaneously shown in 2D on a screen.


Children three years and over will be charged entry.


Yes, although no flash or commercial photography is allowed.


Allow 40 mins for the experience, including the 22 min Virtual Reality video.


If you are running late, speak to our front desk staff who will advise you on if you can still make the session, or be moved to a different screening.


Allow 40 mins for the Thin Ice VR experience, which includes the 22min Virtual Reality video.

Please exit the exhibition soon after the VR experience has ended, as the next session will commence shortly after.


No.


Please allow 40 mins for the Thin Ice VR experience, which includes the 22 min Virtual Reality video.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your session start time, to ensure you don’t miss out on your session.


If you are pregnant or have a medical condition, please seek medical advice before any VR experience, particularly if have questions or concerns about the suitability of participating.

VR experiences are not recommended for people with the following conditions: pacemaker or other implanted medical devices, epilepsy, severe motion sickness or vertigo, fear of enclosed spaces, and other medical conditions which may be aggravated by this virtual reality experience.

VR experiences can cause motion sickness, nausea, disorientation and dizziness in some people.

If you experience any symptoms during the VR experience, please discontinue the VR experience and notify an AM staff member.

The film runs for approximately 22 minutes. Some people may find it uncomfortable to sit for that length of time wearing VR headsets.

If visitors become uncomfortable with the headset, the film is simultaneously shown in 2D on a screen.

By booking tickets, you agree to assume the risks associated with the VR experience on behalf of yourself and any other person who will be participating in the VR experience (including any child of whom you are the parent or guardian) and acknowledge that you have read and understand this ‘risk warning’ prior to booking.


The exhibition is filmed in English only.


Thin Ice VR is crowd controlled to a maximum of 25 people per VR session.


Food and beverages are not permitted in our galleries or exhibition spaces to ensure the preservation of our important collections. This includes water bottles.


VR, short for virtual reality, allows people to be fully immersed in a fabricated environment.

Visitors to the Thin Ice VR experience will wear a VR headset fitted over the head and covering the eyes. The headset will block out the outside world to make it appear and feel as if what you see through the headset is what you are experiencing in real life.

All headsets track your head movements so the image you see adjusts accordingly allowing you to 'look around’ and control aspects of the video experience.

The immersive 22min Thin Ice VR experience has been produced by award-winning studio Monkeystack. The experience follows the story of the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which became one of history’s greatest stories of leadership and survival.

As part of Shackleton's crew, viewers will journey through the Antarctic, trekking between rising tridents, perilous ice peaks and steep icy descents on the quest for safer ground with Tim Jarvis AM as your guide.


No, for your safety, and the safety of others in the room, and for full enjoyment, visitors to Thin Ice VR will need to remain seated in the provided seating throughout the video session.


The VR experience is wheelchair accessible.

VR experiences are not recommended for people with the following conditions: pacemaker or other implanted medical devices, epilepsy, severe motion sickness or vertigo, fear of enclosed spaces, and other conditions, which may be aggravated by this virtual reality experience.

Please consult with your doctor for advice on if this experience is appropriate.


If you have a big difference in binocular vision, or a high degree of myopia, astigmatism or farsightedness, it is suggested that you wear glasses to correct your eyesight when using the VR product.

Some people find that the experience is better with their glasses off, depending on your lens prescription. There will be time to adjust and get comfortable before the session begins.

Please consult with your doctor and device manufacturer before using medical devices with VR headsets.


This exhibition has been designed as a VR experience, however, if you prefer, you can sit inside the session and watch a larger screen without the VR effects. This won’t have the same 3D elements, but the story will still unfold.


Please seek medical advice if you have a medical condition and have questions or concerns about the suitability of participating in a VR experience.

The VR product provides an immersive virtual content experience, and certain types of content may cause discomfort.

VR experiences can cause motion sickness, nausea, disorientation and dizziness in some people.

If you experience any symptoms during the VR experience, please discontinue the VR experience and notify an AM staff member.

The film runs for approximately 22 minutes.  Some people may find it uncomfortable to sit for that length of time wearing VR headsets.

If visitors become uncomfortable with the headset, the film is simultaneously shown in 2D on a screen.

Stop use immediately and seek medical treatment if the following symptoms occur:

  • seizures, loss of consciousness, convulsions, involuntary movements, direction disorders, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness or fatigue
  • eye pain or discomfort, eye strain, eye convulsions or visual abnormalities (such as hallucinations, ambiguity or diplopia)
  • skin itching, eczema, swelling, irritation or other discomfort
  • excessive sweating, impaired balance, impaired hand-eye coordination or other similar motor symptoms. You cannot drive, operate machines or participate in activities that may have potentially serious consequences before recovering from these symptoms.

Our cloaking room is located on Lower Ground (LG) and is open during business hours. The AM reserves the right to close the cloakroom without notice.

Please do not bring bags larger than A3 size, carry-on luggage, wheeled shopping carts, long umbrellas, scooters, balance bikes, tripods, selfie sticks or bulky items to the AM as you may be denied entry.

For more information on prohibited items, please refer to our Terms of Entry.

Please ensure items are collected from the cloakroom ten minutes before closing.


Due to space, potential crowding and valuable displays, we prefer prams are not taken into the exhibition and pram parking is available in designated areas throughout the Museum. However, we understand there may be extenuating circumstances for some of our visitors so can accommodate this to a degree.

More information on the Museum’s accessibility features can be found here.



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