Welcome to Country

In 2020 the Museum is proud to launch a video Welcome to Country for all visitors to the museum.

This video acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the Traditional Custodians of the bamal (earth) and badu (waters) on which the museum is located. The museum thanks the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Michael West for their support in producing the video.

Since opening in 1991, the museum has strived to create a more knowledgeable environment for the appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage, based on respect and a commitment to consultation with community at every stage. 

The museum is committed to the continued protection and promotion of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expression as this is crucial for achieving reconciliation. The museum’s Reconciliation Action Plan, launched in 2019, seeks to continue this work.

During 2020, the museum has a range of activities occurring that aim to share the voices and views of Australia's First Peoples around the 250th year of Cook’s east coast voyage of 1770.

The museum thanks Michael West, Community Development Officer, and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) for assistance with this video. 

For more information about Reconciliation Week visit: www.reconciliation.org.au

Acknowledgement of Country
The Australian National Maritime Museum acknowledges all Traditional Custodians of the land and waters throughout Australia and pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders past and present.

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