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.

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

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Triennial

31 Jan 2021

An exhibition closing soon 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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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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