The Australian National Maritime Museum is Australia’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology.
The museum presents a changing program of stimulating exhibitions and events to share Australia’s maritime history and connect the stories, objects, people and places that are part of our country’s narrative. We welcome over 520,000 visitors annually including families, interstate and international tourists. Over 10,000 members support the museum and regularly enjoy special events and activities.
Custodians of Floating Historical Vessels
The museum has one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world, featuring the renowned replica of Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavour, the former Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, the former Navy patrol boat HMAS Advance and former Navy submarine HMAS Onslow. Docked at our wharves, visitors can climb aboard to explore life at sea. More about our vessels.
Exhibitions and Permanent Galleries
Our permanent and temporary exhibitions and our National Maritime Collection explore and represent Australia’s close links to the sea covering Indigenous Australian’s deep connection to ocean, early exploration, immigration, commerce, defence, adventure, sport, play and identity. From fascinating artefacts, thought-provoking exhibitions and fun activities for kids (and big kids), the museum gives local and international visitors a chance to connect to Australia’s maritime past and present in surprising ways. Learn more about hosting an exhibition or display.
Educating School and University Students
The museum offers over 30 workshops and tours across a number of curriculum areas. Run by qualified and experienced teacher guides, sessions are imaginative and hands-on and suitable for students from year one to university level. Remote and regional schools can attend via the latest digital technology. Learn more about our educational offerings.
Travelling Programs Connecting the Museum to All Australians
Connecting with audiences outside of Sydney, interstate and across regional Australia is a big part of what we do. Our diverse touring exhibitions give regional communities the chance to view and learn more about the fascinating stories behind the National Maritime Collection.
Trips on the Endeavour Replica
The HMB Endeavour regularly voyages around the Australian coast giving Australians and school children direct access to this important vessel. The Endeavour has visited many remote and regional Australian ports, even completing a 13-month circumnavigation of the country in 2012.
Curators and Experts
Our highly skilled team is made up of experts in many fields and includes conservators, curators, maritime archaeologists, registrars, administrators, shipwrights, designers, librarians and educational specialists. Our curators and experts also play a key role in the community, assisting smaller regional museums and community organisations to maintain regional maritime heritage collections around the country. Learn more about our people
Grants, Funding and Internships
The museum’s Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS), is a community cultural grant program that assists and supports community-based and not-for-profit organisations across Australia care for our maritime heritage. The scheme provides grants across a number of categories including collection management, conservation, presentation, development of education or public programs, and training for paid or unpaid workers of not-for-profit organisations in caring for maritime collections. See our Grants and Awards
The museum has 8 venues available to hire for corporate events, weddings, and special occasions. Make a statement by hiring a venue and enjoy stunning harbour views, Sydney's glittering skyline and a totally unique event experience. Learn more about our venues.