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.

Arctic puffins, Svalbard. Image Michael Aw

Elysium Arctic: Artists for social change

25 Jul 2019

A team of explorers, photographers and scientists banded together to inspire social change in Elysium Arctic, the museum’s newest outdoor exhibition. Their goal was to document the effects of climate change on the unique Arctic ecosystem through art and science. What did they find in the world’s northernmost regions?

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Bligh - Hero or Villain? Manipulated Portrait of Rea-Admiral William Bligh. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.

Bad Reputation: William Bligh in Popular Culture

17 Jul 2019

The mythology that surrounds the mutiny on the Bounty has painted William Bligh as an abusive tyrant who had a tendency for violence, whereas Fletcher Christian remains the virtuous hero who saved the day. How did Bligh get this bad reputation and why is it still so ingrained in society’s consciousness today?

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Reflected IR photograph, created by the conservation team to study the Blaeu globe. Image: Katie Wood/ANMM.

What's in the world?

04 Jul 2019

The Blaeu globe is one of the oldest objects in the collection. Recently the conservation team carried out visual and photographic analysis to work out how this globe was made and find out what has happened to it over the last 400 years…

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Annette Kellerman: The Mermaid from Marrickville

03 Jul 2019

When you think of the images associated with cigarette packaging today, it doesn’t come close to this photograph of the famous Australian swimming star, Annette Kellerman. This cigarette card features a promotional still of Kellerman for her leading role in the film, A Daughter of the Gods (1916).

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