The Australian National Maritime Museum is keeping its doors open late this summer as it transforms its waterfront into Sydney’s newest waterfront bar. Throughout January, entry to the Museum and its waterside bar will be free for Summer Lates.


With a live DJ, fresh food and drinks being served, summertime sunsets are set to shine even brighter with the Museum’s envious harbourside spot. The Museum will welcome Surry Hills foodie staple, Fishbowl, into the mix as the team prepare to set up shop at the waterfront on Friday and Saturday nights in January only. Coming with them are their beautifully crafted salads made to order using Australia’s freshest quality produce.

The Museum’s Jimmy Busteed, said the move to keep the Museum open late was made to let visitors soak up the summer warmth at a waterside location that’s usually off-limits at night.  

“We are delighted to offer a whole new range of unique sights to see and experiences to try at the Museum this January. This is an opportunity to showcase not only the talent of the artists featured inside the Museum but the incredible views on offer outside as well. 

“Whether it’s exploring the incredible art installations from art exhibition On Sharks & Humanity or trying a fresh sashimi salad from our friends at Fishbowl, we hope that these summer sessions are the first of many at the Australian National Maritime Museum,” said Mr Busteed. 

Also staying open late are a number of the Museum’s local and internationally acclaimed exhibitions. Get your culture-vulture on by checking out: 

On Sharks & Humanity (free): The work of 30 international artists shines a spotlight on the importance of shark preservation and the declining health of the world’s oceans in this powerful exhibition. Large outdoor installations on the Museum’s waterfront promise to be even more spectacular at sunset. 

Challenging the Deep (entry fee applies): Oscar-winning filmmaker and deep-sea explorer, James Cameron, provides a truly immersive experience by taking you on an underwater journey to explore some of the world’s deepest and least-known oceans. The exhibition uses cinema scale projections, artefacts and specimens from his deep-sea expeditions.

Gapu-Monuk Saltwater: Journey to Sea Country (free): This Australian exhibition shares the incredible history of the Yolŋu people of North-East Arnhem Land in their fight for recognition of Indigenous Sea Rights. The stunning exhibition recently won the esteemed 2018 International Design & Communications Award prize for Best Scenography. 

To find out more about what’s on at the Australian National Maritime Museum this summer, visit

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