Australia cares for the fourth largest marine estate in the world, as well as a vast network of inland waters. The museum’s is delivering a ten-year program in support of the UN Ocean Decade because we believe that marine environmental health is our nation’s heath. Our program features exhibitions, research and collection acquisitions. It includes public programs and formal learning programs, public talks and symposia, digital resources, visiting vessels, citizen science programs and exposure for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) developing new technologies and sustainability solutions. It forefronts First Nations perspectives on sustainable futures and includes the impact of changing conditions on our inland and coastal waterways. Our first exhibitions for the Ocean Decade were: One Ocean, Our Future and Ocean Wonders.






Sea fan, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Credit: Tracey Jennings / Ocean Image Bank

25 Oct 2021

One Ocean, Our Future
Bull kelp washed up onto the shore of King Island. Image Justin Gilligan

03 Sep 2021

The life and loss of kelp: Shining a light on Australia's Great Southern Reef
Artist's impression of Fabien Cousteau's Proteus™. Concept designs by Yves Béhar and fuseproject. Image courtesy Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center

15 Jul 2021

Engineering the impossible: The Proteus™ underwater habitat

21 Jan 2021

Beach Couture: Art and activism for the oceans
A discarded motorbike transforms from trash to treasure by creating habitat for small fish and invertebrate growth in the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve off Manly

11 Sep 2020

Submerged secrets: Life thrives beneath Sydneys waterways
Image: Matt Hardy, Unsplash

04 Aug 2020

Fast Five: Quick questions with some of Australia's most important ocean defenders
Green corals underwater

11 Jun 2020

World Oceans Day: Innovation of the Seas
Four individuals lowering 20 tiles attached to a board into the water for a scientific experiment

09 Dec 2019

Science at work: Settlement plates and space invaders
Dr Vanessa Pirotta (second version)

12 Sep 2019

Whales and wonder with Dr Vanessa Pirotta


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