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.

Rerigging Endeavour – Part 1

02 Mar 2011

In preparation for a circumnavigation of Australia, the Endeavour replica’s standing rigging is being completely renewed for the first time since the ship was launched in 1993. It all began with a visit to the 17th-century ropewalk at England’s Chatham Dockyard, to watch the ship’s new ropes being manufactured.

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Australian naval patrol boats

09 Feb 2011

Every four months or so we change a showcase on the ramp outside the Theatre to highlight some recent acquisitions to the National Maritime Collection. We take it in turns to show off our collecting areas and this time it’s mine and I’ve chosen the topic of Royal Australian Navy patrol boats.

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Hands on discovery with the touch trolley in Planet Shark!

02 Feb 2011

A visit to the museum. For many people this idea conjures visions of gloomy dark spaces with mysterious objects cordoned off from human hands in glass cabinets, standing under the watchful gaze of security personnel. The modern museum and the Maritime in particular seeks to overturn this convention, offering interactive exhibits that invite hands on learning. This summer in Planet Shark the touch trolley invites audiences to pick up and pass around shark artefacts for a sensory and close-up discovery session.

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Stencil Art at the Museum

02 Feb 2011

During the January school holidays, stencil artists Mini Graff & Jumbo came down to the Museum to create a fantastic maritime themed mural on the construction hoardings in the forecourt. The white walls surrounding our building improvements were transformed into a work of art which contributes to the colour of the waterside for Museum visitors. Mini Graff & Jumbo worked with a number of workshop participants aged between 11 & 16 to create the work.  Next time you are at the Museum make sure you head out to the forecourt to check out the work.

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13 Jan 2011

Youth Program – Out on the Waterfront: Stencil Art Workshops

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