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

Completed by Henry William Downes during a whaling voyage from Sydney into the Pacific Ocean, 17 September 1846 - 17 July 1847.


HMT Queen Mary assisted by a tug

A photograph depicting the troopship Queen Mary and what is probably the tug SS Heroic on Sydney Harbour, 6 May 1940


Hobart Town 1856

An oil painting by Henry Gritten depicting the settlement of Hobart on the Derwent River in Tasmania, below an impressive Mount Wellington.


Arch in the Sky

Part of Cazneaux's study of the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 1926 - 1932.


Emeret Nar: ghost net canoe

Emeret Nar - traditional Erub Island double outrigger canoe.


The Charlotte Medal

Recognised as being Australia's earliest colonial art work.


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Migration and photography: The Skaubryn archive

Photography has always played a critical role in documenting the movement of people across borders.


The Sydney Ducks and the San Francisco 49ers

An enigmatic engraving



Remembering the ‘Twerp'