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.

China Maritime Museum opens

08 Jul 2010

Mary-Louise WilliamsThe President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums and representatives from several museums around the world (including the Australian National Maritime Museum) joined hundreds of Chinese officials and guests to celebrate the opening of the new and impressive China Maritime Museum in Pudong, Shanghai, on a hot and wet Monday this week.

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HMAS Vampire refit still going strong

30 Jun 2010

HMAS Vampire, our 50-year old Daring Class former RAN destroyer is undergoing a three week refit and docking in the capable hands of Thales in the inner Captain Cook graving dock at Garden Island.

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ANMM is now on Twitter

25 Jun 2010

We’ve been excited by the amount of interest generated by HMAS Vampire’s move to Garden Island for refit and restoration work. In the last few days our Twitter followers have tweeted about spotting the majestic vessel gliding through the harbour and enquired as to her whereabouts.

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HMAS Vampire Ventures Out For Refit

17 Jun 2010

HMAS Vampire, our former Royal Australian Navy destroyer left her berth from alongside the Australian National Maritime Museum on Wednesday morning at 10am. She made her way to Thales Dockyard, Garden Island under tow where she is set to undergo an extensive three week docking and refit.

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What’s in a ship painting?

25 May 2010

Ship portraits can be rather tedious to some. They usually only convey something of interest to those who know particular details about the ship’s construction.

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Voyage Summary

14 May 2010

Well Endeavour is now home at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Since the beginning of April the ship has travelled over 650 nautical miles, over half of which has been under sail (353nm). We have welcomed and sailed with over five hundred people on three overnight experiences, four day sails and three offshore voyages. Our professional crew of sixteen souls has had a blast and we’d like to thank everyone for making our jobs so easy to enjoy. Huzzah!

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