Our Conservation team cleaning the HMS Sirius anchor
Many dedicated and talented people help make the Australian National Maritime Museum one of Australia’s unique cultural institutions.
The museum has many talented people working across a range of areas including public engagement and research, operations, finance and IT, and commercial and visitor services.
The museum is a Commonwealth Government agency. Our governing body, the council, is appointed by the Australian Government in accordance with the Australian National Maritime Museum Act 1990. Our director is a member of council and our chief executive officer.
The backbone of the museum is more than 1500 trained volunteers, including 500 based at the museum. Our 1000+ regional volunteers live outside Sydney in ports around the coast of Australia acting as specialist guides on the HM Bark Endeavour replica when it visits their city or town. Sydney-based volunteers play many roles, from greeting museum visitors and helping enhance the visiting experience with guided tours through our exhibitions and ships. Other volunteers help with vessel maintenance, object conservation and office administration.
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The museum community includes our 10,000 members in Sydney and across Australia who enjoy a unique connection to the museum and the privileges of a dynamic program that provides them with exclusive events, talks, previews, excursions and other benefits. Families can buy a membership pass for access to free kids events and admission all year round.
How to become a member
The museum is very grateful to the many generous sponsors, donors and other supporters who share our passion for maritime heritage and enrich our collections and programs with funding, objects and services in-kind. New donations are always welcome.
Donate to the Museum
Become a museum sponsor
Become a corporate member
The museum runs a dynamic speakers program where you can book an expert on the museum’s collection or Australian maritime history to speak for free at your next event.
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Kevin Sumption was appointed Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in February 2012 after holding high profile leadership roles in cultural institutions in Australia and abroad. Kevin was one of the founding curators of the ANMM in 1991.
Kevin’s international career has focused on developing the digital landscape of cultural institutions for more than 20 years, covering museum management, exhibition curation, program development, maritime heritage and digital cultural content.
Kevin previously spent five years in London at the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich where he was Director of Exhibitions and Programs, responsible for the redevelopment of the museum's digital learning facilities and outreach service.
Prior to this, Kevin was the Associate Director of Sydney's Powerhouse Museum for eight years, directing the creation and management of innovative digital outreach services, interactive content for exhibitions and digital media education services for schools and specialist audiences. He also led the strategic management of the Australian Commonwealth Government's online portal service Australian Museums On Line (AMOL) for three years.
Kevin’s return to the ANMM marks a transition point for the museum experience from static to experiential, with initiatives such as the stand out 12 million dollar multi-media museum experience Action Stations, which opened late 2015, plus the Architectural Projection Waves of Migration, among numerous others. These projects have enhanced contemporary audience engagement, using digital content and effects, while highlighting the importance of maritime history to our Australian cultural heritage.
Kevin has been a lecturer for over 18 years at the University of Technology, Sydney in Design Theory and History, covering Digital Media in Cultural Institutions, Digital Curatorship, Interactive Media, Constructivist Design History and Research Methodology. He attained esteemed academic accolades with the Getty Leadership Institute Museum Management Program from the University of California plus the Service, Innovation, Executive Education Program and the Advanced Leadership Program from the University of Cambridge Business School. Kevin completed his Masters of Arts and attained First Class Honours.
Kevin is a well-known international speaker and is sought out as a category expert to write papers on cultural institution mobile learning, interactive media and digital content. He has presented and published multiple papers including his thesis work published in The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, covering web-based Museum education outreach, along with other published works.
Kevin Sumption has spent many years holding positions on influential boards and governing bodies relating to maritime museums and digital content internationally. These include currently serving on the UNESCO World Heritage KAVHA Advisor Board, Norfolk Island; the Executive Board for the International Congress of Maritime Museums; the Organising Committee for the Seventh IMEHA International Congress of Maritime History; and the Executive Program Committee Member for International Cultural Heritage Informatics. In addition, Kevin is a current member in Australia of Museums and Galleries NSW; The Executive Program Committee for Museums and the Web, plus the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) “Expert of International Standing” assessing education technology research applications from Australian universities.
Kevin has been awarded with the recent Dibner Prize from the Society of the History of Technology – John Hopkins University for the Exhibition Cyberworlds: Computers and Connections for digital interpretation, education and community engagement.
For more information contact: +61282418330
Term Date: From 12 June 2014
Ms White is currently a Commissioner for the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. She has a distinguished legal career over more than three decades. She was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland for almost 20 years before her appointment to the Court of Appeal in Queensland in 2010. Ms White has also been a Deputy President of the Defence Force Discipline Appeals Tribunal and was Commissioner for the Queensland Racing Commission of Inquiry. She has been the Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Deputy Chancellor and Member of the Senate of the University of Queensland and Chair of the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee. Ms White was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law particularly in Queensland, as a leading contributor to legal education and reform, and to professional development and training. Ms White a retired officer of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, and has a deep and longstanding interest in maritime law and history.
Mr Blackley was inducted into the Australian Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015 for his achievements in the advertising industry over more than 30 years. He is a former Chairman of Clemenger BBDO and a member of the Worldwide Creative Board of BBDO New York, representing BBDO’s interests across Australia, New Zealand and Asia on that Board. Under his leadership, Clemenger BBDO won “Australian Agency of the Year” award eight times. Mr Blackley has been involved with Brainwave Australia, a charity supporting children with neurological conditions, since its inception in 1994 and joined the Board in 2008 and is currently its Chairman.
Mr Binsted worked as a Corporate Financial Adviser from 1982 until 2009 including holding senior roles at Lloyds Bank, Schroders, Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup and Lazard. He has also been Chairman of both the State Rail Authority of NSW and Sydney Ports Corporation. Mr Binsted was a Member of the Australian Government’s Shipping Reform Task Force in 2011, was a Member of the Johnson Inquiry into the Australian Financial Services Industry and is presently Chairman of the Financial Services Advisory Council and Ariadne Capital Pty Ltd. At Council’s request, Mr Binsted continued to be chair of the FRACWAS committee (and subsequently the Audit Committee) after the cessation of his appointment to council in December 2016.
Book a speaker from the Australian National Maritime Museum for your next community or business event.
The Australian National Maritime Museum
An introduction to the museum, its history, objectives and exhibitions.
HMB Endeavour replica
A beautifully illustrated presentation on Captain Cook's famous ship of discovery, Endeavour, and the museum's remarkable replica of this historic vessel.
The Krait Story
MV Krait, a humble Japanese fishing boat, was commandeered by Australian and British special service personnel in 1943 for a daring raid on Japanese-held Singapore Harbour. The highly secretive mission succeeded. The Allies blew up some 37,000 tons of enemy shipping. Krait, one of Australia's best known historic vessels, is now permanently on display at the museum.
To make a booking or ask about a topic, please contact our museum speaker representatives Noel Phelan on 0402 158 590 or Ron Ray on 0416 123 034 or email our media team.
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777