This major immersive exhibition traces explorer and filmmaker James Cameron’s merged creative and technical achievements in deep-ocean science, engineering, and exploration, including his record-breaking dive to the bottom of the planet in his DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible.

Visitors will experience how Cameron’s deep-sea expeditions and love of science and technology have influenced his career as a film director.

This exhibition recreates deep-sea environments using cinema-scale projection, artifacts from and equipment used in, Cameron’s films and expeditions.

The rich, digital, audio and visual experience also includes Cameron’s rarely-seen personal artifacts, which showcase the creativity, science and technology behind his deep-sea exploration, feature and documentary filmmaking.

Key Components

  • 90+ objects

  • Film props

  • Multimedia experiences

  • Video microscope interactive

  • DEEPSEA CHALLENGER sit-in pilot sphere (mock-up)

  • Titanic, DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, and Bismarck touchscreen interactive


Space Required:

4,000 - 6,000 sq. ft.

Production Time:

Ten (10) working days for installation; seven (7) for deinstallation


Four (4) 53 ft. trailers by land or four (4) 40 ft. containers by sea

Tour Availability


Produced By

JAMES CAMERON – CHALLENGING THE DEEP is a travelling exhibition produced by the Australian National Maritime Museum, in association with the Avatar Alliance Foundation and toured internationally by Flying Fish.

The JAMES CAMERON – CHALLENGING THE DEEP exhibit increased attendance to TELUS World of Science – Edmonton during the very uncertain times of COVID. The presentation and content is very well curated and provides visitors with an immersive experience that is enjoyed by all age groups. Thanks to Flying Fish we were able to include the DEEP SEA CHALLENGER sub with our presentation, which further enhanced the exhibit experience. I strongly urge other institutions to host the exhibit and the sub.
— Steve Baker, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, AB, CA


Presenting Partner

Tour History and Itinerary

Australian National Maritime Museum

Sydney, NSW, AUS view map

May 29, 2018 – May 5, 2019

Otago Museum

Dunedin, NZ view map

July 21, 2019

The Durham Museum

Omaha, NE, USA view map

May 22, 2021 – October 3, 2021

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

Edmonton, AB, CAN view map

November 6, 2021 – May 10, 2022

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OSMI)

Portland, OR, USA view map

June 17, 2023 – September 25, 2022

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Raleigh, NC, USA view map

October 15, 2022 – May 7, 2023

Science World

Vancouver, BC, CAN view map

June 18, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Freemantle, WA, AUS view map

March 15, 2024 – July 15, 2024