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.
18 Dec 2019
Our latest exhibition, Challenging, thrilling, racing: Sydney to Hobart 75 years, is a dramatic visual essay about the history of this prestigious race.Read more
20 Jun 2017
Today marks 100 years since the famous polar vessel Aurora left Newcastle, Australia with a cargo of coal, never to be seen again.Read more
13 Jun 2017
18-year-old Australian surfer Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly’s victory in Hawaii in 1963 positioned him, in a very real sense, as the human ‘winged keel’ in forging a golden moment in Australia’s sporting folklore.Read more
21 Mar 2017
‘Race to the Pole – Captain Scott successful’ claimed The Age’s headline writer on 8 March 1912, the day after Norwegian adventurer Captain Roald Amundsen slipped quietly into Hobart in his polar ship Fram.Read more
Chinese maritime traditions and Lunar New Year: It’s the Year of the Rooster… so bring on the Dragons!
27 Jan 2017
It’s Lunar New Year and time to present the colour and excitement of ancient Chinese culture from the museum’s collections. Dragons feature heavily. And so does racing.Read more
12 Sep 2016
If you weave your way through the imagery and beautiful photographs in Through a different lens – Cazneaux by the water, you’ll notice that 1937 was a big year for Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux: the culmination of a forty-year career that corresponded with the dawning of the Australian nation, and an emerging national consciousness.Read more