Australian National Maritime Museum

The museum's primary role is the acquisition, conservation and presentation of material relevant to Australia's maritime history. The museum is housed in a state-of-the-art building, and is home to a fleet of historic vessels (many of them operational), with exhibitions, visitor programs and publications that focus on human interaction with the sea. The collection focuses on colonial exploration, indigenous people, sport and leisure, economic, commercial and naval history, maritime archaeology and technology.


The National Maritime Collection represents Australians' diverse experiences and perceptions of the sea and our waterways. One of Australia's most recent major collections, commenced only in 1986, it comprises some 38,000 items including 1,048 archive series. There are 52,228 individual archive items.