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.

The Batavia tapestry

10 May 2017

Last week we unveiled a new large-scale embroidered work, the Batavia Tapestry by Melbourne textile artist Melinda Piesse at the museum.

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Ken Warby and life lessons

30 Dec 2016

For years Ken Warby went his own way, building an 8.2-metre boat in his backyard with a J34 Westinghouse jet engine to top it off. His neighbours and wife must have despaired.

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Redfern to Hobart: Tribal Warrior crew to make history

14 Dec 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have thousands of years of maritime history. More recently, Saltwater people were prominent in early colonial Australian voyages, such as Bungaree, the first Australian to circumnavigate Australia, with Matthew Flinders in 1802-3.

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