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Donate to the museum
You can help conserve Australia's maritime heritage with a gift to the museum. Some of our greatest treasures have come through the generosity of individuals and organisations. Donations to the museum are mostly tax-deductible.
There are four ways you can give to the museum:
- Give historical objects - The museum gratefully accepts items important to Australia's maritime heritage. Such gifts can be tax deductible.
- Donate money and gifts in kind - Your donation allows us to explore, collect and manage Australia's maritime heritage.
- Donate to the Australian National Maritime Foundation - Funds are used to expand and conserve the National Maritime Collection.
- Make a bequest - Leave a lasting legacy with a gift to the museum in your will.
How your donations help
The Australian National Maritime Museum is a Commonwealth Government agency. We operate on government funding but we constantly need additional revenue to develop our historical collection and stage cultural activities that all can enjoy.
You can make a donation of any amount. We value your privacy - please be assured that personal information remains confidential. All donations of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible.
What donations have achieved
In 1959, a 23-year-old Ben Lexcen designed and built Taipan, a revolutionary lightweight 18-foot skiff that changed the shape of racing skiffs in Australia forever. Taipan had several owners before it was donated to the museum in 1986. Around 20 years later, the Australian sailing community pooled funds for the museum to research and restore this design masterpiece. Led by Lexcen's friend, Carl Ryves 50 donors contributed well over $100,000 in cash and goods in kind. You can see the restored Taipan on display, testament to Lexcen's design genius.
The De Vlamingh portrait
In 1696-97, Willem de Vlamingh charted a considerable length of Australia's south-west coastline. His was the last great Dutch expedition to the west coast of New Holland. In 1996, 300 years after that voyage, a fine contemporary portrait of de Vlamingh by Dutch painter Jan Verkolje (circa 1690) appeared on the market. The museum bought this with the assistance of generous donations by Philips Electronics, Mercantile Mutual, the Bruce and Joy Reid Foundation, and an anonymous donor. You can see this important painting in the Navigators exhibition, one of the most important works in the museum's growing collection of maritime art.
The wharfies' mural
In the 1950s a group of artists - mostly waterside workers (wharfies) - painted a remarkable mural on the walls of the Waterside Workers Federation union canteen in Sussex Street, Sydney. The painting narrated the history of Australia's working class from the 1930s Depression to World War II. In 1996, the union's successor, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), offered the mural to the museum.
Over the years, the 8.3-metre long painted plaster had split and its varnish was flaking. The museum launched an appeal for $100,000 to transport, conserve and provide ongoing support for this important historical work.
The target was quickly reached thanks to generous donations from MUA branches, the Maritime Workers of Australia Credit Union and individual maritime workers, shipping companies and other corporate supporters. This extraordinary 'social document exalting the power of unity and the workers' struggle against oppression' has now been fully restored. You can view one section in the museum's Commerce exhibition.
A commemorative donation
When newspaper advertising executive John Allott-Rodgers died in 2002, his colleagues took up a collection for 'something special' to commemorate their mate. John was a regular ANMM visitor and the collected funds were offered to the museum to use in John's honour. An important heritage item had just become available - the life jacket of a German sailor who survived the deadly WWII skirmish between HMAS Sydney and the German raider HSK Kormoran.
John's colleagues happily agreed to the purchase. The life jacket has been displayed in the museum's Navy exhibition with the acknowledgement 'Acquired with funds donated in memory of the late John Allott-Rodgers'.