The Stories Behind Our Collection
Three navies, four aircraft carriers, 255 aircraft and 76 ships in a four-day battle that changed naval warfare forever. Eight ships sunk, 161 aircraft destroyed and 1622 men killed in a battle that should never be forgotten.
A heroic ancient rescue attempt: How Pliny the Elder led the Roman navy on a voyage to save the people of Pompeii during the cataphoric eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
Remembering 75 years since the Bombing of Darwin - the first attack by Japanese forces on the Australian mainland after Australia had officially declared war on Japan in 1941.
From canoes to rafts and rediscovering traditional techniques, explore the history and types of watercraft used by Australia's Indigenous people.
Remembering the naval engagement between HMAS Sydney (II)) and HSK Kormoran seventy-five years on.
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.
'Johnnie and Mehmet', is a striking sculpture which commemorates the engagement between WW1 Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS AE2 and Turkish torpedo boat Sultanhisar.
The story behind the museum's life-sized bronze sculpture remembering the adventurous Windjammer sailors of the 1930s.
Explore striking photographs of tug boats hard at work when Sydney Harbour was primarily a place of industry.
Percy Hockings’ rare collection of watercolours documents the people, plants and pearling luggers of Thursday Island.
Discover the story of Australia's most enduring maritime mystery — the loss of the navy’s first submarine AE1 in 1914.
Learn more about Australia’s role during the Indonesian independence struggle and the so-called 'Black Armada'.
Learn about the 100-year history of Commonwealth lighthouses and explore some of Australia's famous lighthouses.
Learn about the amazing journey of Vietnamese refugee boat Tu Do after the Fall of Saigon, and its restoration at the museum.
HMAS Armidale's (I) wartime service in the Royal Australian Navy lasted only 173 days before it was sunk off the coast of Timor. Of the 149 sailors and soldiers aboard HMAS Armidale, 49 survived the nightmare which followed.
The box changed the world. Seaborne trade accounts for 90% of all global trade and it relies on a humble steel box. Do you know the story behind this revolution?
USS Helm was the ‘The Galloping Ghost of the Queensland Coast’ during World War II, earning 11 battle stars with no casualties or injuries to her crew.
Plastic is a versatile material and it's choking life in our oceans. By 2025, the oceans could contain one tonne of plastic rubbish for every three tonnes of fish.
Australian filmmaker Russell Dority recounts his father's first-hand experience of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 75 years on.
William Fowler was an Australian merchant sailor who found himself caught up in the Spanish Civil War, running blockades and rescuing refugees.
Explore the history of how the measurement of time and distance developed — from tracking the sun to Einstein conceiving his the theory of relativity.
A team of archaeologists have excavated the American whaling ship Samuel Wright using the latest technology.
Discover how traditional Indigenous shellwork techniques are used to explore sea, sailing and water.
Read the harrowing story of Australian submarine AE2 during the Gallipoli campaign and its rediscovery a century later.
Follow Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition through rare historic photographs, maps and artefacts.
Journey through the triumphs and tragedies of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Discover the pivotal role whales play in our ocean ecosystems, as well as the dangers that threaten their survival.
Learn about the evolution of cetaceans, and the discovery that revealed the link between land and sea mammals.
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
+61 2 9298 3777
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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