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.

'The Ones That Got Away' wearable art by Marina DeBris. Photo By Nic Walker. Outfit made from plastic bottles & cans found washed up on Coogee Beach and Gordons Bay. Commissioned by TOMRA. This image features model Laura Wells - an environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top plus-size models

Beach Couture: Art and activism for the oceans

21 Jan 2021

It is estimated that every year, 8 million tonnes of plastics enter our ocean. This is in addition to the estimated 150 million tonnes that currently circulate in our marine environments. A new exhibition at the museum, aims to raise awareness of this problem and prompt a change in our wasteful habits.

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Tony Albert - The Hand You’re Dealt, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Photo: Sam Noonan

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Triennial

15 Jan 2021

An exhibition now showing at the museum reflects on two significant events in the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – the arrival of James Cook in 1770 and the 1967 Referendum that recognised them as citizens in their own country.

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Empathy Museum's 'A Mile in My Shoes' at The Migration Museum London, 2018. Reproduced courtesy Empathy Museum

A Mile in my Shoes

15 Dec 2020

Since the Empathy Museum was founded by Roman Krznaric in 2015, its inaugural project A Mile in my Shoes has travelled to more than 35 locations across the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as New York, Denver, São Paulo, Perth and Melbourne. Now it is Sydney’s turn to host the pop-up storytelling exhibition that allows visitors to step into someone else’s shoes and discover their story.

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This humble fishing trawler led a double life during World War II as part of Operation Jaywick. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.

Operation Jaywick

24 Sep 2020

On the night of 26 September 1943, Australian and British Z Special Unit commandos paddled folding kayaks into Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour, blowing up and severely damaging seven ships.

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This humble fishing trawler led a double life during World War II as part of Operation Jaywick. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.

Operation Jaywick

24 Sep 2020

On the night of 26 September 1943, Australian and British Z Special Unit commandos paddled folding kayaks into Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour, blowing up and severely damaging seven ships.

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Entry to the Kupe to Cook exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Who was Kupe?

08 Jul 2020

According to many Māori iwi (tribes), Kupe was the first Polynesian to arrive in Aotearoa (New Zealand) over 1,000 years ago. While stories differ from region to region, we explore the tradition and the anchor stone that is featured in our current exhibition, Here: Kupe to Cook

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Under Southern Skies exhibition entry

Long way from the River

10 Jun 2020

A 13-metre-long dugout canoe suspended from the ceiling forms the centrepiece in our new permanent gallery, Under Southern Skies. Curators Helen Anu and Dr Stephen Gapps explore how this unique canoe from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea came to be part of the museum's collection.

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