Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

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Posted 2023-12-04 by Ashleigh Meiklefollow
Australian National Maritime Museum


Australia has a long seafaring history, going back to the days before colonisation, and much of this history – Indigenous history, maritime archaeology, naval and wartime history, and migration history – is chronicled throughout the Australian National Maritime Museum . The Maritime Museum has vast collections – so different items and different collections will be on display at different times, so chances are that each time you visit, you will get to see something you haven’t seen before. As Australia’s Museum of the sea, and it is filled with the many stories of Australia and its connection to the sea that many people here have had, from Indigenous Australians to post-war immigrants, and warships, as well as many other aspects of maritime history that stretches across a variety of people and topics.

HMAS Onslow


The maritime museum is a great place for lovers of history, showing that history has many facets, opening up maritime history to the public in fun, educational and accessible ways with a variety of exhibitions, artefacts, and access to decommissioned vessels – the HMAS Vampire, a destroyer, and HMAS Onslow, a submarine, and an old patrol boat. These vessels are usually open every day for visitors to the museum to explore as part of your entry price but will be closed in extreme wet or hot weather for safety reasons – and are not accessible, though the rest of the museum appeared to be quite accessible with ramps and room to move around. Maritime history has shaped Australian identity, and sharing the diverse stories linked to this history at the museum enriches what we already know – not only about our history, but about the connection to the sea that Australia has had for years. In doing so, the museum hopes to excite people about these stories.

HMAS Vampire


The museum not only uses a modern perspective, growing knowledge, and a range of topics such as migration, commerce, archaeology, ocean science, culture, and lifestyle to showcase the history of the people who have lived, worked, and explored Australia’s waters to ensure a diverse range of voices is represented and heard, honoured, and respected. Everyone who has had a connection to the sea has a story to be told, and this is a wonderful aspect of the maritime museum. The museum has also made their stories accessible through the website for national and global audiences.

Bell from HMAS Perth


One of the highlights of the Australian National Maritime Museum is their fleet of ships that can be explored – either on your own, or, as in the case of the patrol boat, HMAS Advance, with a booked tour. This fleet of tall ships, navy vessels, a cold war submarine, and restored historic vessels can give you a taste of what life was like aboard these ships. The two that most people will explore are the HMAS Onslow, the submarine, or the HMAS Vampire, the destroyer. You can find out more about what you can visit on the website, or when you pay for your ticket to make sure you know what you are able to access on the day of your visit.

HMAS Vampire


As the exhibitions can change, whether the collections are being rotated or they have a travelling exhibition, keep an eye on what is available to make the most of your trip here.

View from HMAS Vampire porthole


The museum has a lot of online articles as well, across arts and culture, maritime archaeology, Indigenous history, ocean science, migration, and the vessels, and there are also videos that can help you discover information you want to know more about from home or the classroom, which makes the information accessible to people unable to visit in person. These articles and videos cover a range of topics throughout history, so there will be something to interest everyone or that you can use for assignments if that is what you are there for. There may even be information here that you can’t get anywhere else, making it a valuable resource pre or post visit as well. If you’re keen on learning from home, the museum has classroom resources available, as well as information about school excursions as well.

HMAS Vampire Bell


The Australian National Maritime Museum is in Darling Harbour, and is easy to get to – use this to plan your visit , and gather information on accessibility to see how to make your day work for you. I have noticed that a lot of venues have worked hard to make as much as they can accessible onsite or online, so that there are still ways to experience what you want to find out about. Because there is always something new, the website is the best place to go for updates to see what is going on when you are planning your visit.

The museum is open from 10am until 4pm every day, or 9.30am to 5pm during NSW school holidays and has a see-it-all ticket that gives you access to everything at the museum.

Adult - $25
Concession - $ 20
Child (Under 15) - $15
Child (Under 4) – Free
Family - $70
Member – Free

Get up-to-date ticket information here .


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