Due to the sheer size of our collection, only a fraction of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s objects can be on display at any one time. 

Don't let our lack of physical space get in the way of making new discoveries. You can explore a rich and diverse collection of artefacts online ranging from rocket boats to gold buttons, and discover a wealth of remarkable stories.

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Colonial Wallpapers - Pacific Encounters

 

Based on the conventions and elements of early European sea charts, the painting 'Colonial Wallpapers - Pacific Encounters' incorporates a central compass rose, rumb lines and wind gods in a reconstruction of the Pacific.

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Illustrated log of the whaling barque TERROR

Illustrated log of the Terror

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HMT Queen Mary assisted by a tug

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Hobart Town 1856

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Arch in the Sky

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Emeret Nar: ghost net canoe

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The Charlotte Medal

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How to park a lightship

17 Nov 2011

In the misty rain of an early Sydney morning the museum’s fleet section moved CLS4 – aka Carpentaria lightship – from the main museum wharves back to its normal berth at Wharf 7.  Nudged along by our tug Bareki and towed by the Arvor workboat the operation was seamlessly completed before most people arrived at work. All in a day’s work for fleet!

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Object of the Week

17 Nov 2011

This wooden humidor carrying Cuban cigars was presented to Susie Maroney by Cuban President Fidel Castro in November 1999 to commemorate her marathon swims between Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica and the USA.

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Object of the Week

10 Nov 2011

This hand crocheted cotton tray cloth or antimacassar was produced to commemorate Australia’s involvement in the Dardanelles campaign of World War I.

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Object of the Week

03 Nov 2011

In late May 1857 the 1167-ton wooden three-masted sailing ship Dunbar departed London for its second voyage to Australia, carrying at least 63 passengers, 59 crew and a substantial cargo.

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Object of the Week

27 Oct 2011

Captain James Cook became a celebrated figure after his death in 1779, and was commonly depicted in books, on plaques and posters.

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Francis Birtles: From London to Melbourne by Car

20 Oct 2011

Australian adventurer, author and filmmaker Francis Edwin Birtles (1881-1941) made this remark two days before departing on what would become his most famous adventure – driving from London, England to Melbourne, Australia in his 1925 Bean racing car known as the ‘Sundowner’.

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Object of the Week

19 Oct 2011

On 3 February 1954 Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Sydney Harbour on the Royal Yacht Gothic, commencing their royal tour of Australia.

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Object of the Week

13 Oct 2011

This maillot (one-piece) swimsuit was manufactured by Melbourne company Black Lance in the 1930s. Designed by Peter O’Sullivan, the popular ‘Brigadier’ swimsuit features star-shaped buttons (which fasten the top to the trunks) and nautical stripes inspired by naval uniforms.

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