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HMAS Vampire with the view of the city skyline in the background at night

Host your next event at the one of the many stunning venues spaces at the museum.

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  • Venues

    Venues



    Hire a venue at the Australian National Maritime Museum and enjoy harbour views, a glittering city skyline and a totally unique event experience. Make a statement by booking one of 12 stunning venues all poised on the edge of famous Darling Harbour, Sydney.

    See a map of the museum and its venues.

    To request a brochure email venues@anmm.gov.au

     The Conference Centre

    Conference Centre

    Situated in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, The Conference Centre is the Australian National Maritime Museum’s new waterfront venue that takes advantage of its prized views over Pyrmont Bay toward Barangaroo.
     
    The Conference Centre has its own separate entrance and features a spacious conference event space with a 13-metre high ceiling, a mezzanine level with three executive meeting and breakout rooms and an outdoor terrace. Combined with exclusive menus from award-winning caterer Laissez-faire, an event here will make an impressive statement.

    Capacity

    Conference Event Space: 140 theatre, 200 cocktail

    Meeting Room 1 : 18 boardroom

    Wal Gentle Boardroom: 14 boardroom

    Meeting Room 2: 10 boardroom, 20 theatre

    Features

    Separate entrance

    Three breakout rooms and an outdoor terrace

    Direct views over Pyrmont Bay toward Barangaroo

    13-metre floor-to-ceiling windows

    Blank canvas to suit day and night events

     

     Waterfront Pavilion

     The new waterfront pavilion building at the ANMM

    The Waterfront Pavilion is a state of the art $12 million waterfront attraction located at Darling Harbour. It showcases the danger and drama of military life at sea, through a high-tech immersive journey that reveals the inner workings of the navy like never before. To the general public, this experience is called Action Station.

    The Pavilion hosts three world-class function spaces, including: an outdoor rooftop (The Lookout), a VIP terrace (The City View Room) - a cocktail venue with natural light and city views, and a cinematic experience (Nine Network Projection Room). Adjacent to the HMAS Vampire, the Pavilion is the ideal wet weather option and offers a never to be forgotten experience.

    Capacity

    The Lookout – 80 cocktail

    The City View Room – 130 cocktail

    Nine Network Projection Room – 40 guests

     Floorplan for the venues spaces in the Waterfront pavilion

     

    Developed to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate over 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy, the Waterfront Pavilion offers the event industry with additional VIP waterfront venues on Sydney Harbour.

    Download the brochure.

     Lighthouse Gallery


    The Lighthouse Gallery's expansive museum styled interior provides an awe-inspiring platform to host product launches, gala dinners, cocktail events and conferences, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving your guests unparalleled water views with a stunning CBD backdrop. The venue is also equipped with easy access for cars, boats or long vehicles to drive in from the loading dock.

    Capacity

    Banquet: 250

    Dinner w/ dance floor: 230

    Cocktail: 400

    Theatre: 350

    Features

    13-metre floor-to-ceiling windows

    Waterfront

    Pillar-free

    State-of-the-art audio visual

    Car/boat access

     Floorplan for the venue space in the Lighthouse Gallery

     The Terrace Room - A Room With a View

     

    When you really want to impress, our premier conference and dinner venue gives you a stunning waterfront room with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing spectacular views of Darling Harbour and the city skyline. Invite your guests to enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the spacious balcony taking in the beautiful scenery. Brilliant by day, dazzling by night.

    Capacity

    Banquet: 190

    Dinner w/dancefloor: 150

    Cocktails w/balcony: 300

    Cabaret/theatre: 100

    Features

    Spacious balcony

    In-house audio system

    Lectern and microphone

    Ceiling-mounted data projector

     Plan for the terrace room

     HMAS Vampire - Unforgettable Location

     

    Who could forget your cocktail party hosted on board this ex-Naval destroyer moored at Darling Harbour? Perfect for photo opportunities and pre-dinner drinks, the helipad of HMAS Vampire is a unique and unforgettable vantage point.

    Capacity

    Cocktails: 200

    Dinner: 50

    Features

    Uninterrupted city skyline views

    Alfresco setting

    Optional guided tours

     Plan for the HMAS Vampire naval destroyer

     Yots Waterside - Alfresco Waterfront

     

    You'll enjoy harbourside dining with an unrivalled sparkle at Yots Waterside, our alfresco venue with stunning views. For cocktails with canapes or dinner with dancing, this stylish venue overlooks our historic vessel collection.

    Capacity

    Cocktail: 300

    Banquet: 190

    Dinner w/ dance floor: 150

    Features

    Outdoor boardwalk area

    In-house sound system

    Ceiling-mounted data projector

    Dual room configuration

     

     Ben Lexcen Terrace - Elevated Viewpoint

     

    Our star attraction, the spacious roof-top terrace offers spectacular city skyline views. Located above our unique harbour basin, an event on the Ben Lexcen Terrace will be long remembered. Ideal for cocktail functions and pre-dinner drinks, this versatile space is perfect for unique or exclusive events.

    Capacity

    Cocktails: 400

    Banquet: 350

    Features

    Elevated aspect

    Spectacular city skyline/harbour views

    Frameless glass balustrade

    Open-air covered venue

     

     The Theatre - Impressive Presentation

     

    Host your new corporate presentation or launch in this purpose-built theatre with unobstructed views of the screen. With plush seating and superb acoustics, it's the perfect way to enhance your corporate image. Ideal for conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops.

    Capacity

    Guests: 210

    Features

    Audio-Visual equipment

    Date projection and microphones

    Technical support

     WiFi available

    Audio loop

     Plan for the theatre

     Tasman Light Gallery - Shining Light

     

    Featuring the towering lens of the old Tasman Island Lighthouse and a suspended Naval helicopter, the Tasman Light Gallery is an extraordinary venue. The perfect setting for light refreshments, product launches or cocktail parties, or as the ideal intimate dinner space.

    Tasman Light Gallery Capacity

    Cocktails: 250

    Dinner: 100

    The Footbridge Capacity

    Cabaret: 35

    Dinner: 50

    Features

    Tasman Lighthouse lens

    Intriguing museum exhibits

     Plan for the Tasman Light Gallery

     The Endeavour - Historic Occasions

     

    Step on board the meticulous replica of Captain Cook's famous vessel of discovery. Moored right beside the museum, HMB Endeavour is an outstanding venue for cocktails on the quarterdeck or an intimate dinner in the Great Cabin.

    Capacity

    Cocktails: 70

    Banquet: 12

    Features

    18th-century fittings

    Optional guided tours

     



    More Information

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  • Conference Centre

    Conference Centre

    Situated at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, The Conference Centre is the Australian National Maritime Museum’s new waterfront venue that takes advantage of its prized views over Pyrmont Bay toward Barangaroo.

    The Conference Centre has its own separate entrance and features a spacious conference event space with a 13-metre high ceiling, a mezzanine level with three executive meeting and breakout rooms and an outdoor terrace. Combined with exclusive menus from award-winning caterer Laissez-faire, an event here will make an impressive statement.  Contact us to find out more.


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    Explore The Conference Centre

    Conference Event Space
     Interior shot of the Conference Centre venue

    The main conference space has a capacity for up to 120 delegates for day conferences or up to 200 guests for cocktail functions, and includes an audio-visual suite.

    Three separate break-out areas and convenient access to the waterfront terrace provides the ideal flexibility for conferences, day-long meetings and evening events as well as corporate off-site programs.

    Capacity

    Theatre: 120
    Cabaret: 80
    Cocktail: 200

    Meeting Room 1
     Interior shot of the meeting room in the Conference Centre with views of the Harbour and James Craig

    Meeting Room 1 is located on the mezzanine level of The Conference Centre and offers a prized panoramic view of Pyrmont Bay. Equipped with smart television panels, this room offers a spectacular space for business meetings.

    Capacity

    Boardroom: 18
    Meeting: 20

    Wal Gentle Boardroom
    Interior shot of the Wal Gentle Boardroom in the Conference Centre venue

    The mezzanine level in The Conference Centre also houses the Wal Gentle Boardroom. In keeping with the museum’s maritime heritage mission, this stunning, solid timber boardroom is inspired by the elegant interiors of British clipper Cutty Sark, providing an exclusive and cozy space for business and casual meetings.

    Capacity

    Boardroom: 14
    Meeting: 20

  • Business Events

    Business Events

    Host your next business event at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. Located close to the CBD, and right on the water, our venues are suitable for conferences, corporate lunches and dinners, cocktail parties, workshops, product launches, trade shows and meetings.

    • Stunning harbour-side facilities located in Australia’s most unique cultural institution
    • On-site AV support available
    • Food and beverage catering packages to suit your occasion
    • Film and photography service available
    • Close to CBD and accommodation
    • Easily accessible via public transport
    • Affordable parking close by
    • Professional service staff
    • 10% discount on venue hire for corporate members

    To request a brochure email venues@anmm.gov.au


    A dynamic conference venue

    In 2014, the AAFPS Conference was held at the museum attracting over 150 international delegates. It's a great example of how you can use the Museum for your next conference:


    Explore Our Venues

     The Theatre - Impressive Presentation
     

    Host your new corporate presentation or launch in this purpose-built theatre with unobstructed views of the screen. With plush seating and superb acoustics, it's the perfect way to enhance your corporate image. Ideal for conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops.

    Capacity

    Guests: 210

    Features

    Audio-Visual equipment
    Date projection and microphones
    Technical support
    WiFi available
    Audio loop

     Plan for the theatre
     Lighthouse Galley - Inspiring New Venue
     

    The Lighthouse Gallery's expansive museum styled interior provides an awe-inspiring platform to host product launches, gala dinners, cocktail events and conferences, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving your guests unparalleled water views with a stunning CBD backdrop.

    Capacity

    Banquet: 250
    Dinner w/ dance floor: 230
    Cocktail: 400
    Theatre: 350

    Features

    13-metre floor-to-ceiling windows
    Waterfront
    Pillar-free
    State-of-the-art audio visual

     Plan for the theatre
     The Terrace Room - A Room With a View
     

    When you really want to impress, our premier conference and dinner venue gives you a stunning waterfront room with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing spectacular views of Darling Harbour and the city skyline. Invite your guests to enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the spacious balcony taking in the beautiful scenery. Brilliant by day, dazzling by night.

    Capacity

    Banquet: 190
    Dinner w/dancefloor: 150
    Cocktails w/balcony: 300
    Cabaret/theatre: 100

    Features

    Spacious balcony
    In-house audio system
    Lectern and microphone
    Ceiling-mounted data projector

     Plan for the terrace room
     HMAS Vampire - Unforgettable Location
     

    Who could forget your cocktail party hosted on board this ex-Naval destroyer moored at Darling Harbour? Perfect for photo opportunities and pre-dinner drinks, the helipad of HMAS Vampire is a unique and unforgettable vantage point.

    Capacity

    Cocktails: 200
    Banquet on wharf: 50

    Features

    Uninterrupted city skyline views
    Alfresco setting
    Optional guided tours

     Plan for the HMAS Vampire naval destroyer
     Yots Waterside - Alfresco Waterfront
     

    You'll enjoy harbourside dining with an unrivalled sparkle at Yotts Waterside, our alfresco venue with stunning views. For cocktails with canapes or dinner with dancing, this stylish venue overlooks our historic vessel collection.

    Capacity

    Cocktail: 300
    Banquet: 190
    Dinner w/ dance floor: 150

    Features

    Outdoor boardwalk area
    In-house sound system
    Ceiling-mounted data projector
    Dual room configuration

     
     Ben Lexcen Terrace - Elevated Viewpoint
     

    Our star attraction, the spacious roof-top terrace offers spectacular city skyline views. Located above our unique harbour basin, an event on the Ben Lexcen Terrace will be long remembered. Ideal for cocktail functions and pre-dinner drinks, this versatile space is perfect for unique or exclusive events.

    Capacity

    Cocktails: 400

    Features

    Elevated aspect
    Spectacular city skyline/harbour views
    Frameless glass balustrade
    Open-air covered venue

     
     Tasman Light Galley - Shining Light
     

    Featuring the towering lens of the old Tasman Island Lighthouse and a suspended Naval helicopter, the Tasman Light Gallery is an extraordinary venue. The perfect setting for light refreshments, product launches or cocktail parties, or as the ideal intimate dinner space.

    Capacity

    Cocktails: 250
    Dinner: 100

    Features

    Tasman Lighthouse lens
    Intriguing museum exhibits

     Plan for the Tasman Light Gallery
     The Endeavour - Historic Occasions
     

    Step on board the meticulous replica of Captain Cook's famous vessel of discovery. Moored right beside the museum, HMB Endeavour is an outstanding venue for cocktails on the quarterdeck or an intimate dinner in the Great Cabin.

    Capacity

    Cocktails: 70
    Banquet: 12

    Features

    18th-century fittings
    Optional guided tours

     

    More Information

    See all venue services

  • Weddings and Social Events

    Weddings and Social Events

    From harbour views, to a stunning city skyline and historical ships, the Australian National Maritime museum offers Sydney’s most unique wedding venues and party location.

    • Stunning harbour-side facilities located in Australia’s most unique cultural institution
    • Perfect wow-factor location with amazing photo opportunities
    • Suitable for ceremonies, wedding receptions and social occasions
    • Wedding packages available
    • Choose between formal or casual, sit down dinner, and stand-up cocktail party-style
    • Arrive by water and dock at our wharf
    • Close to CBD and accommodation
    • Professional service staff
    • Food and beverage catering packages  to suit your occasion
    • Film and photography service available
    • Affordable parking close by

    To request a brochure, email venues@anmm.gov.au

    Suggested Wedding Venues

     The Terrace Room - Ceremony & Reception

     

    This spacious and bright room allows for an indoor wedding ceremony with an outdoor feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal sweeping views of Darling Harbour and Sydney's spectacular skyline. After the formalities your guests can enjoy a post-wedding champagne on the balcony while you take photographs with your wedding party along the museum precinct. After dark, kick up your heels and party. With a dance floor and spacious balcony, it's the ultimate way to celebrate with special guests.

    Capacity

    Ceremony: 150
    Dinner w/ dance floor: 150

    Features

    Spacious balcony
    Dance floor
    In-house audio system
    Lectern and microphone

     Plan for the terrace room

     Yots Waterside - Reception

     

    Enjoy an unforgettable reception with the lights of the city in the background at Yots Waterside, our premier indoor/outdoor venue. Yots is right beside the harbour, perfectly poised for stylish receptions and dancing.

    Capacity

    Dinner w/ dance floor: 150

    Features

    Outdoor boardwalk area
    In-house sound system
    Ceiling-mounted data projector
    Dual room configuration

     

     Ben Lexcen Terrace - Ceremony

     

    Our star attraction, the spacious roof-top terrace offers spectacular city skyline views. Perched above our unique harbour basin of beautifully restored historic vessels, a wedding ceremony on the Ben Lexcen is simply unforgettable.

    Capacity

    Ceremony: 100

    Features

    Elevated aspect
    Spectacular city skyline/harbour views
    Frameless glass balustrade
    Open-air covered venue

     

     HMAS Vampire - Ceremony / Drinks

     

    A wedding ceremony or pre-reception drinks on board this ex-Naval destroyer will never be forgotten. HMAS Vampire is a unique and unforgettable vantage point to celebrate with loved ones and friends. The open-air helipad area at the stern of the vessel sits in the middle of beautiful Darling Harbour and promises a wedding with a difference.

    Capacity

    Ceremony: 80
    Cocktails: 200

    Features

    Uninterrupted city skyline views
    Alfresco setting
    Optional guided tours

     Plan for the HMAS Vampire naval destroyer

     Lighthouse Galley - Inspiring New Venue

     

    A brand-new event venue in Sydney, the Lighthouse Gallery offers a unique and exclusive experience. Set on Darling Harbour waterfront, it offers expansive harbour and city skyline views. The beautiful and historic Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse majestically welcomes guests. Backed by our experienced event team and world-class catering, this will be a highly sought-after event venue.

    Capacity

    Banquet: 250
    Dinner w/ dance floor: 230
    Cocktail: 400
    Theatre: 400

    Features

    13-metre floor-to-ceiling windows
    Waterfront
    Pillar-free
    State-of-the-art audio visual

     Plan for the theatre

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  • Venue Services

    Venue Services

    From catering to lighting and entertainment (and everything in between) the Venues team can arrange event services and support and help make your day or night run perfectly.

    Food & Beverage

    Have your next business, wedding or social event catered by museum caterers Laissez-faire Catering who are respected in the industry for their innovative cuisine and high quality service. Talk to us about wedding packages and menus for lunches, dinners, conferences, cocktail parties, workshops and special events.

    To request a brochure, email venues@anmm.gov.au

    Event Support

    The museum’s Venues team are award-winning professionals who can help create your perfect event. We pride ourselves on our exceptional service, from the moment you make your initial enquiry, to the conclusion of your event. We go out of our way to ensure your event is a success and one that your guests will not forget.

    Room Set-up & Styling

    If your event has a theme, we can help you create your unique style to suit your celebration. We work with professional suppliers who can help with table decorations, chair covers and linen, draping, and furniture hire.

    Audio Visual

    Our Audio Visual team can make sure your technical requirements run smoothly. Talk to us about your conference needs, or sound, lighting and audio-visual support for any event.

    Film & Photography

    The museum is a perfect location to capture your wedding or special event memories, by day and by night. We offer romantic backdrops with vessels and the harbour. Sunset lends itself to endless photo opportunities as does an evening setting by the harbour under Sydney's sparkling city skyline. Photographers and video professionals can be arranged.

    Vessels and the precinct are also available for commercial filming and photoshoots.

    Entertainment

    Many of our venues can accommodate dance floors and stages. We can arrange fabulous entertainment and suggestions for your celebration. We also welcome your own hired entertainment in all our waterfront venues.

    Accommodation

    The museum is located close to many excellent hotels. If you have guests looking for accommodation, check our sponsorship page for discounted rooms.

    Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, just minutes from the Australian National Maritime Museum and within easy access to central Sydney, Novotel Darling Harbour and ibis Darling Harbour have a range of accommodation options to suit all our visitors.

    Make an Enquiry

    Please contact our Venues Department for a quote or to arrange a time to come to the museum for a complimentary site inspection. We look forward to meeting you soon.
    Please contact us:
    Telephone: (02) 9298 3649
    Email: venues@anmm.gov.au

  • Venue Enquiry Form

    Venue Enquiry Form

    Please contact our Venues Department for a quote or to arrange a time to come to the museum for a complimentary site inspection. We look forward to meeting you soon.

    Please contact us:
    Telphone: (02) 9298 3649
    Email: venues@anmm.gov.au

    Venue Enquiry

    Request a quote for your next event or ask a question about the museum’s stunning venues. Our venues team will get back to you soon.

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