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.
17 Feb 2020
Over two million people visit the Great Barrier Reef region each year, with the coral reef continuing to rank in the top 10 ‘must do before you die’ travel lists. But it was not always so. Curatorial Assistant Myffanwy Byrant looks at the origins of this tourist destination with the Embury Expedition in 1928.Read more
10 Feb 2020
Don't let Jaws ruin your perception of sharks! Through their evolution, sharks have shaped our oceans into the rich habitats we know today. As apex predators (animals that are at the top of the food chain), sharks play an important role in the ecosystem and help keep the ocean and fish populations healthy. Discover our favourite facts about these ocean creatures.Read more
04 Feb 2020
In this week's Ocean Talk, paleontologist Dr Anne Musser will be battling it out with Dr Colin McHenry over who should be crowned killer king of the cretaceous: the T-Rex or Sea-Rex? We sat down with Dr Anne Musser to uncover what she does, what's the best thing about her job, and who should be crowned the ultimate prehistoric predator.Read more
16 Jan 2020
Swimming caps were a popular fashion accessory in the 1950s and 1960s, with decorated caps the new vogue. We've selected our top five favourite swimming caps from the collection, featuring bright colours, applique and bedazzled jewels!
22 Dec 2019
The 250th anniversary of James Cook charting the east coast of Australia presents a unique opportunity to re-evaluate his place in history. The museum’s Head of Learning discusses what this means for Australian classrooms.Read more
21 Dec 2019
The museum’s Registration team recently digitised 127 documents related to the working life and horrific wrecking of SS Federal. Curator of Ocean Science and Technology Emily Jateff provides an overview of the shipwreck and its discovery.Read more
19 Dec 2019
Naval crewman Shane Pashley recalls what it was like descending into a dark part of the Tasman Sea to rescue two crewmembers during the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.Read more