Housing more than 146,000 objects from naval history to Indigenous art, the ANMM is one of Australia’s most diverse and historic museums.
We spoke to Kevin Sumption, CEO and Director of the ANMM, about the Museum’s impressive collection featuring Australia’s two largest objects, HMAS Vampire and the HMAS Onslow.
In addition to the traditional maritime heritage items, the ANMM also delves into Australia’s migration and immigration history, wildlife and oceanographic research.
Since opening in 1991, the ANMM has welcomed more than 14 million visitors, including 50,000 school students each year.
Although the ANMM is based at Darling Harbour in Sydney, many of the exhibitions are designed to tour to regional areas so all Australians have the chance to experience and learn about Australia’s maritime heritage that spans our 36,000 kilometre coastline.
The ANMM aims to share Australia’s national story with everyone, increasing understanding of our relationship to the sea and the role technology and the environment will play in our future.