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.






Arctic puffins, Svalbard. Image Michael Aw

25 Jul 2019

Elysium Arctic: Artists for social change
Piecing together a 200 million year puzzle. Image: MNF/CSIRO

15 Mar 2019

Investigating a rocky relationship
Clean Up Australia Day at the Museum, 2019. With our partners Silentworld Foundation.

04 Mar 2019

Dredged Up
Award-wining photographer Michael Aw discusses his passion for conservation and wildlife photography.

28 Feb 2019

Capturing nature, before it disappears
Ghost net turtle in the water of Erub Island. Image: Erub Arts.

30 Jan 2019

Ghost nets

24 Aug 2018

Science and secrets of Sydney Harbour

08 Jun 2018

Introducing the Seabin project

01 Jun 2018

RV Investigator: A science lab goes to sea

22 Jan 2016

'The greatest threat to our oceans is ignorance'


Events and Activities