Shaped by the Sea

Coming soon in May 2022

Shaped by the Sea tells the story of Australia’s maritime history and our relationship with seas, rivers and waterways from the deep past.

As an island nation Australia has a unique relationship with the sea – now told through the lens of modern science and maritime archaeology, as well as through Indigenous knowledge.

The experience transforms the way the museum has interpreted the National Maritime Collection and heralds a new chapter in the life and vision of the museum. Hundreds of objects from the collection will be on display for the first time, including several significant and iconic pieces such as Alick Tipoti’s bronze sculpture ‘Kisay Dhangal’.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a commissioned work by the Mulka Art Project. This stunning contemporary video installation called Dhaŋaŋ Dhukarr (Many Pathways) brings together all the elements of the exhibition (Land, Water and Sky) into an immersive, cyclic reflection on deep time Australia.

A dynamic series of talks and public programs will support the exhibition. Visit Events for details.

One Ocean, Our Future – an exhibition by the Australian National Maritime Museum


One Ocean, Our Future


Ocean Wonders