Under the Dome: Cinema Experience presents Whale Super Highway

Sat 1 Feb 2020Tue 1 Sep 2020

Sessions daily

WA Maritime Museum

WA Museum has partnered with Fremantle documentary company, Prospero Productions, to bring you an immersive cinema experience… Under the Dome at WA Maritime Museum.

Enjoy documentary films throughout the year in this unique, boutique, 22-seat, 180° curved dome cinema with 5.1 surround sound.

Recline and relax in the plush seats and let WA Maritime Museum transport you to other worlds through films specially created for this dome experience, by a local team dedicated to showcasing the wonder of our state and sharing our stories.

Commencing 1 February 2020, we’ll be screening films daily that combine the natural world, history, science, technology and adventure, giving you a deeper insight into Western Australia.

Experience one of the greatest animal migrations on the planet.

Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made an extraordinary recovery. The WA coastline captures the attention of scientists across the globe as it is home to the largest population of migratory humpbacks anywhere in the world.

Why this marine highway is so successful, is a question scientists are trying to answer. Why do more than 35,000 humpbacks travel this stretch of water annually?

Our first documentary— Whale Super Highway —delves deep into this mystery, and the Indian Ocean, following humpback whales and blue pygmy whales on their 6,500-kilometre migration down the coast of Western Australia to the freezing waters of Antarctica, and back again.

See whales like you’ve never seen them before! Enter their domain, learn more about their habits and meet the Western Australians that dedicate their lives to studying, understanding and preserving these truly majestic animals.

Whale Super Highway will be screened daily until September, with a shorter 25-minute or a full 45-minute version on offer (see sessions below). The dome cinema is air-conditioned and has two seats that can be removed to accommodate one wheelchair.

Visit Under the Dome as part of your fun Fremantle day out.

All tickets include entry to explore the State Collections at WA Maritime Museum—there’s much to see and do.

Book your tickets online today to secure your preferred session time. 


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Please select from the two ticket options:

Dome + Museum: Includes your Under the Dome ticket plus entry to the WA Maritime Museum galleries.

Dome + Museum + Exhibition: Includes your Under the Dome ticket plus entry to the WA Maritime Museum galleries plus entry to the Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers exhibition.

Please note:  For various reasons, the Under the Dome: Cinema Experience is not suited for children 0-4 years. 

Please make sure you arrive at least ten minutes before your session so everyone can be seated before the film begins. To avoid disrupting the dome experience for patrons, late entries will not be permitted.

Session Times

Start Time
Run Time
10am 25 minutes
10.45am 25 minutes
11.30am 25 minutes
12.15pm 25 minutes
1pm 25 minutes
1.30pm 25 minutes
2pm 25 minutes
2.45pm 45 minutes - Extended Version
3.45pm 45 minutes - Extended Version


Ticket Type
Dome + Museum - Adult $25.00
Dome + Museum - Concession* $17.50
Dome + Museum - Child 5-15yo $12.50
Dome + Museum - Family $65.00
Dome + Museum - Carer** Free
Education Groups See Education Groups information below
Group Bookings 20+ ^ See Group Bookings information below
Dome + Museum + Exhibition - Adult $27.50
Dome + Museum + Exhibition - Concession* $20.00
Dome + Museum + Exhibition - Child 5-15yo $20.00
Dome + Museum + Exhibition - Family $80.00
Dome + Museum + Exhibition - Carer** Free
Education Groups See Education Groups information below
Group Bookings 20+ ^ See Group Bookings information below

*Must present a valid Student, Senior, or Health Care Card.
**Must present a valid WA Companion Card.
^Groups must be pre-booked by calling 1300 134 081.

Education Groups

Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway is available for school excursion bookings; please visit this page for full details and how to book.

Group Bookings

Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway is available with discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more. Email tickets@museum.wa.gov.au for more details.

Caption: Under the Dome

Credit: WA Museum