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Contact our Media and Communications team for all media enquiries, questions about using images, and arranging interviews with subject matter experts. We can also help with media questions about the museum, exhibitions, the museum’s collection, research, education and public programs, and special events.  

Shirani Aththas

Manager, Communication & Public Affairs
Phone: +61 2 9298 3642
Fax: +61 2 9298 3670
Mobile: 0418 448 690
Email: saththas@anmm.gov.au

Jude Timms
Communications Officer
Phone: +61 2 9298 3645
Fax: +61 2 9298 3670
Mobile: 0418 219 841
Email: jtimms@anmm.gov.au


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Media Releases

  • Museum acquires lifebuoy from mysterious SY Aurora

    On 20 June 1917 the famous polar vessel SY Aurora set sail from Newcastle, Australia, never to be seen again. Now 100 years since its mysterious disappearance the Australian National Maritime Museum will remember the tragic loss of the ‘plucky little ship’, its Captain Reeves and his crew of 20 in a new display of its lifebuoy, all that remains of the SY Aurora.

    • 28 June 2017
  • Museum pays homage to King of the Surf Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly AM Out of Hawaii – King of the Surf feature display

    In May 1964 Australian surfing legend Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly (1944 - 2016) put Australia firmly on the surfing map when he won two major international surfing events in the early 1960s. Both represent the holy grail of surfing – the famed Makaha contest in Hawaii – the unofficial world title which Farrelly won in January 1963; and the first World surfing titles in May 1964, held in Manly Australia. Yesterday Farrelly was posthumously awarded an AM (Member of the general division of the Order of Australia) for significant service to surfing as a competitor and industry pioneer.

    • 13 June 2017
  • Museum presents Inspired by the Sea roof projection and interactive family fun for Vivid Sydney 2017

    The Australian National Maritime Museum is excited to be counting down to 26 May when its iconic 1,700 square metre roof will be illuminated by a colourful new projection Inspired by the Sea during Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. To celebrate, it is inviting festival goers to linger each Friday and Saturday evening during the festival in its picturesque waterfront precinct for a range of family friendly fun.

    • 22 May 2017
  • Roman escapades and wildlife wonders these school holidays

    This winter families can time travel to the days of the Romans or become immersed in the wonderful world of nature as part of the fun-filled holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum inspired by its two major exhibitions – Escape from Pompeii and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

    • 19 May 2017
  • Australian and Indonesian maritime archaeologists survey WWII wreck of HMAS Perth (I)

    Maritime archaeologists from the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and the National Research Centre of Archaeology Indonesia/Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS) have conducted a joint dive on the wreck of the Australian World War II vessel HMAS Perth (I), supported by officials from TNI-AL (Indonesian Navy), Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (Jakarta), and the Directorate of Heritage and Museum- Regional Office Serang (BPCB).

    • 6 June 2017
  • Museum welcomes first European artefact to appear on Australian soil - the Dirk Hartog Plate

    Just over four hundred years ago Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog (1580–1621) sailed into history when, on 25 October 1616, he made the first documented European landing on the west coast of Australia. And this week the Australian National Maritime Museum is excited to welcome the first European artefact to appear on Australian soil, the Dirk Hartog Plate, to Sydney on special loan from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

    • 8 May 2017
  • 364 new names to be unveiled on migrant Welcome Wall

    Around 700 people are expected to attend a special ceremony at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Sunday 25 September to see 364 new names unveiled on the museum’s migrant Welcome Wall. The Welcome Wall stands in honour of all those who have migrated from around the world to live in Australia.

    • 8 May 2017
  • Ancient Roman artefacts arrive in Sydney

    New international exhibition opens 31 March 2017

    The Australian National Maritime Museum is excited to be unpacking and installing a fascinating selection of objects dating back thousands of years for its new international exhibition Escape from Pompeii opening on 31 March.

    • 20 March 2017
  • Go on an adventure to Pompeii this autumn

    This autumn families are invited to tie up their togas and spend the day having a Roman adventure at the Australian National Maritime Museum as it presents a range of activities for children inspired by its major new exhibition Escape from Pompeii – the untold Roman Rescue.

    • 2 March 2017
  • Escape from Pompeii – the untold Roman rescue

    A new international exhibition coming to Sydney in 2017 will reveal the untold story of the dramatic rescue attempt following one of history’s most famous and devastating natural disasters – the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD.

    • 12 January 2017
  • Museum maritime archaeology expedition departs for the Coral Sea

    The Australian National Maritime Museum and The Silentworld Foundation* will lead a maritime archaeology expedition to the Coral Sea, departing today from Bundaberg to search for a number of 19th century shipwrecks including the wreck of the brig Bona Vista, lost in 1828 and the barque Jenny Lind, lost in 1850.

    • 9 January 2017
  • It’s a dog’s life in new exhibition

    Dogs and Cats all at sea, Australian National Maritime Museum

    It’s raining cats and dogs at the Australian National Maritime Museum this summer as Bailey, the museum’s canine employee who chases away seagulls, curates his very own exhibition of photographs featuring some of his furry friends – and frenemies!

    • 16 December 2016
  • Unique Tall Ship with a Social Inclusion Mission returns

    Tenacious, a very special tall ship with a unique inclusive mission, will sail into Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 14 December to make its return to the Australian National Maritime Museum. The ship, which has been voyaging in southern Australia, is sailed by a crew of 40 individuals, around half of whom are living with disability.

    • 13 December 2016
  • Enjoy family New Year’s Eve festivities on Darling Harbour

    This New Year’s Eve the Australian National Maritime Museum is inviting families to enjoy a fabulous night of fun with a great view of the spectacular Darling Harbour family fireworks.
    Join us for your exclusive space on Sydney’s waterfront, away from the crush of Darling Harbour, for a full night of food, drink and entertainment as we look forward to welcoming in the New Year. Families will be delighted by bubble art, face painting, hula hooping, DJ and roving performers. Plus there’s special after-hours entry to our major summer exhibition Voyage to the Deep.

    • 12 December 2016
  • Museum celebrates 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s encounter with Australia

    A chance encounter roof projection, 20 October – 6 November, 8pm – 10pm
    Four hundred years ago, Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog (1580–1621) sailed into history when, on 25 October 1616, he made the first documented European landing on the west coast of Australia. And to celebrate this special anniversary the Australian National Maritime Museum’s iconic rooftop will be illuminated with A chance encounter, a new projection exploring the historic event that would go on to put the west coast of Australia on the map.

    • 19 October 2016
  • Mini Mariners National Children’s Week Celebrations

    The Australian National Maritime Museum will mark NSW Children’s Week with a bumper three days of its popular Mini Mariners program especially for preschoolers and their carers. Children can enjoy a special program of interactive learning fun including character guided themed tours through the museum, arts and crafts, touch trolley and the opportunity to explore the museum’s vessels.

    • 17 October 2016
  • Cockatoo Island Adventures Family fun day

    The Australian National Maritime Museum is inviting families to go on a Cockatoo Island Adventure when it hosts a special free family fun day amongst the spectacular shipyards of historic Cockatoo Island.

    • 14 October 2016
  • Last chance to see Sydney’s People’s Choice in the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year before it closes

    The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2015 must close 26 October 2016

    Reflection in Black, an intimate portrait of a critically endangered Celebes black macaque by Petr Bambousek, has been voted Sydney’s People’s Choice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition. And time is running out for Sydneysiders to experience it and the rest of the exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum which must close 26 October 2016.

    • 13 October 2016
  • 882 new names to be unveiled on migrant Welcome Wall

    Around 900 people are expected to attend a special ceremony at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Sunday 25 September to see 882 new names unveiled on the museum’s migrant Welcome Wall. The Welcome Wall stands in honour of all those who have migrated from around the world to live in Australia.

    • 20 September 2016
  • Through a different lens – new Cazneaux exhibition opens

    A delightful exhibition of works by Harold Cazneaux (1878-1953), a giant in the history of Australian photograpy, opens at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 2 September 2014. Through a difference lens – Cazneaux by the Water takes visitors back in time to Cazneaux’s soft focus Australia and gives us an insight into this significant photographer’s life.

    • 1 September 2016
  • MMAPSS Awards

    The Australian National Maritime Museum, on behalf of the Australian Government, is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $125,000 to support projects to promote Australia’s maritime heritage. The successful recipients of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme will help, collect, conserve and display objects of historical significance.

    • 24 August 2016
  • Go wild for wildlife these holidays

    These school holidays children can ‘go wild’ becoming immersed in our world’s wonderful wildlife in a fun-filled holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum inspired by the much-loved exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year from London’s Natural History Museum.

    • 17 August 2016
  • Lighthouses, boat rides and hands-on fun in Harbour Hoots family day

    The Australian National Maritime Museum will celebrate International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend with a special family fun day focusing on the workhorses of our harbours – lighthouses and working harbour boats. Families will enjoy a lively day of crafts, circus workshops, tours and films. They can climb up the museum’s Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse or hop on board a visiting historic workboat.

    • 17 August 2016
  • Treasures of the American Collection at the Australian National Maritime Museum

    A ship’s passport for the American whaling ship Stephania signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864, exquisite ship models, and cameras used by Australian underwater cinematographers Ron and Valerie Taylor on the 1974 film set of ‘Jaws’, are just some of over 100 fascinating objects brought together for Treasures of the American Collection, opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 1 July.

    • 16 June 2016