Action Stations - Waterfront Pavilion

Action Stations at the ANMM

Commemorating more than 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy.

  • About

    The Australian National Maritime Museum's new experience Action Stations opened in November 2015 to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate 100 years of submarine and surface service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). 

    Located in the new Waterfront Pavilion adjacent to the museum's ex-Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, submarine HMAS Onslow and patrol boat HMAS Advance, Action Stations provides a dynamic, immersive entry experience for visitors on the history of the RAN and its people.

    Through dynamic interactive displays and immersive media, visitors can learn more about the role and loss of Australia's first submarine AE1 in the battle for German New Guinea; the story of AE2 at Gallipoli and its incredible voyage through the Dardanelles; and the story of Australia's first great naval battle - HMAS Sydney v SMS Emden.

    These World War I engagements will be explored within the context of the RAN's subsequent operations during WWII, Vietnam, the Cold War and present day demonstrating how the legacy from each era influenced the next phase of design and development.

    Action Stations also brings to life the human stories behind the uniforms, contrasting the experiences of naval servicemen and women over the last 100 years and highlighting the similarities.

    The Big Picture

    Action Stations is part of a broader program of events by the museum to mark the centenary of ANZAC and Australia's involvement in World War 1. The program included the development of a national touring exhibition, War at Sea, exploring the role of the RAN in the Great War as well as a dynamic light show on the museum's iconic roof about the RAN over the last 100 years.

    The Architects

    The striking pavilion was designed by award-winning architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.

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    At the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards Action Stations, designed by studioplusthree, won an award in the Small Projects Architecture category. The Waterfront Pavilion, designed by francis-jones morehen thorp, received a commendation in the Public Architecture category.

    Action Stations is now in the running for the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in November 2016.