Australian National Maritime Museum

About the Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum is Australia’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. As Sydney’s most visible national cultural institution, 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 Australia’s historical narrative.

The museum has one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world, featuring the renowned replica of Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavor, the former Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, the former Navy patrol boat HMAS Advance and the former Navy submarine HMAS Onslow. 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, defense, adventure, sport, play and identity. From fascinating artefacts, thought-provoking exhibitions and fun activities for kids, the museum gives local and international visitors a chance to connect to Australia’s maritime past and present in an innovative way.

(Photo: Gordon Makryllos)

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