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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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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Q: What was HMAS Inverell?

15 Nov 2010

A: One of 60 Bathurst class minesweepers built in Australian shipyards during the Government’s World War II shipbuilding program.  Inverell seems an odd name for a warship, doesn’t it?  Well, the corvettes – as the class was more often called – were named after Australian regional cities and towns.

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