Discover stories behind the latest exhibitions, fascinating explorations into maritime science and archaeology, and the surprising details of what happens inside (and outside) a modern working museum.

Ghost net turtle in the water of Erub Island. Image: Erub Arts.

Ghost nets

30 Jan 2019

Sculptures made from abandoned fishing nets weave a message of sustainability

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Threads of migration

26 Jan 2019

Textiles are an evocative symbol of migration, memory and cultural identity. Our new roof projection, Threads of migration, illuminates the museum’s rooftop with a rich patchwork of immigrant stories.

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Marie and Michel Nehme at Fairlane Farm, Nehme vineyard, Yenda, 1988. All images reproduced courtesy Julie Nehme

Wine and poetry

10 Jan 2019

Hailing from a Lebanese region known for its grapes, it is fitting that Michel and Marie Nehme established a thriving vineyard in the heart of the Riverina district of New South Wales, which they lovingly tended by hand while raising a young family.

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This humble fishing trawler led a double life during World War II as part of Operation Jaywick. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.

Operation Jaywick

09 Jan 2019

On the night of 26 September 1943, Australian and British Z Special Unit commandos paddled folding kayaks into Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour, blowing up and severely damaging seven ships.

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Rusticles and wrecks

08 Jan 2019

The conservation team faced a new challenge as part of James Cameron - Challenging the Deep: How to display the decay of metal-hulled ships?

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Lace

Lace and the displaced

09 Nov 2018

Today marks 80 years since Kristallnacht (‘Crystal Night’), the night when the Nazis targeted, arrested and murdered Jews across Germany and parts of Austria and Czechoslovakia.

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Monsters of the Deep

Monsters of the deep

31 Oct 2018

Living life as an adult means shedding many childhood ‘truths’. Christmas elves, Easter bunnies and the tooth fairy don’t stand up to hard questioning, so our belief in them falls away.

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