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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

  • Celebrate the Year of the Dog - bring your canine friends to the museum

    To celebrate this Lunar New Year – the Year of the Dog – the Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting a ‘pawesome’ family event on Sunday 4th March. Museum working dog Bailey, Assistant Director of Seagulls, invites children and dog lovers to bring their four legged friends to the museum precinct and enjoy activities inspired by animals featured in our exhibitions. Learn animal stories through performances, tours, trails, face painting, dress ups and creative crafts.

    • 15 February 2018
  • New date for opening of Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

    The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 13 April 2018 in time for the school holidays. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

    • 21 February 2018
  • Remembering Mabo – new rooftop projection to launch on 26th January

    The Australian National Maritime Museum’s iconic rooftop, evoking sails and waves, will be illuminated this summer with two projections each sharing important stories in Australia’s maritime history. Premiering on 26th of January, Remembering Mabo reflects on the historic Mabo decision and the Native Title ruling. It will be screened in conjunction with the award winning Waves of Migration, exploring the history of migration to Australia.

    • 23 February 2018
  • Stunning images unveiled as 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives

    The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 30 March. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.
    Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

    • 2 February 2018
  • Museum to Offer Chinese Language Tours for Chinese New Year 2018

    To celebrate Chinese New Year 2018, the Australian National Maritime Museum is launching a new, specially-designed product to welcome its Chinese visitors, the Endeavour Highlights Tour. From 1 February – 28 February 2018, the museum will offer Chinese language guided tours of the museum’s main galleries, exhibitions and attractions.

    • 28 February 2018
  • Tour legendary maxi yacht Wild Oats XI this Australia Day weekend

    The Australia National Maritime Museum is delighted to be offering visitors the opportunity to climb on board legendary maxi yacht Wild Oats XI as it visits the museum this Australia Day weekend. From 26 – 28 January visitors can discover what life on a high-seas racer is like by speaking to representatives of Wild Oats XI who will be conducting tours of the vessel.

    • 18 January 2018
  • Go on an Arctic adventure this summer

    This summer, families are invited to spend the day having an Arctic adventure as the Australian National Maritime Museum brings winter to Sydney in a range of un-bearably cool activities for children. Inspired by its family exhibition Arctic Voices, there’s fun for the whole family each day including art making, games and dress ups, interactive theatre performances, touchable objects and artefacts, 3D film screenings and activities just for the littlies.

    • 21 November 2017
  • 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 wowed by roving magicians and fire knife cultural dancers. They will also have fun with bubble art, face painting, interactive ribbon dancing gymnast, DJ, dancing and roving performers. Plus there’s special after-hours entry to the major summer exhibition Arctic Voices.

    • 27 November 2017
  • Discover how the humble shipping container has revolutionised the way we live in new outdoor exhibition

    In today’s global world you may have drunk coffee from Brazil or a smoothie containing frozen fruit from China. You could be wearing clothes made in India, watching a TV made in Japan while sitting on a sofa containing wood from Argentina on a laminate floor manufactured in Sweden. All of this has been made possible by a rectangular steel box – the shipping container.

    • 19 October 2017
  • Foreign Minister renews Australia’s commitment with Indonesia to protect HMAS Perth (I) wreck at opening of new exhibition commemorating its loss 75 years on

    The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, today outlined positive steps taken by Australia and Indonesia to achieve formal legislated protection for the wreck of WWII cruiser HMAS Perth (I).

    At the opening of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s new exhibition Guardians of Sunda Strait – the WWWII loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston, Minister Bishop reaffirmed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s commitment from February this year to increase cooperation on our shared maritime cultural heritage.

    • 9 October 2017
  • 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.

    • 11 September 2017
  • Museum awards grants to preserve Australia’s rich maritime heritage

    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.

    • 29 August 2017
  • Discover The Program Of Tara's Stopover In Sydney

    In collaboration with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Tara, the famous French research schooner, will be in Sydney from August 18th to 23rd for a stopover during the Tara Pacific expedition. After departing from Lorient (France) in May 2016, the boat has sailed nearly 50,000 km across the Pacific Ocean to explore corals reefs.

    • 10 August 2017
  • 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