History, HERITAGE & HOSPITALITY

Welcome to the Newcastle Maritime Museum located on the waterfront in the Honeysuckle Precinct, Newcastle's vibrant public realm close to all that Newcastle has to offer.

The restored Wharf Building presents an ever changing selection of the Maritime Museum's extensive collection of maritime objects which reference the history of the Port of Newcastle and the Hunter River. The Maritime Museum captures the past and also gives a unique impression of the modern working Port.

The Maritime Museum's Guides are on hand to share fascinating stories about the Port and how that history has shaped the present.

The restored lifeboat Victoria celebrates its heroic lifeboat crew. These brave men rescued sailors and passengers of many ships in distress off Newcastle. Hazards were extreme during the sailing ship days of the 19th and early 2oth Century.  The film Wrecks and Rescues brings this period to life.

More recent Wrecks of larger ships, the MV Sygna and the Pasha Bulker are recorded on film and photo montage. These large vessels were driven ashore by great storms in recent times.

The Newcastle’s Maritime Welcome Wall records immigrant arrivals. Many of these newcomers contributed greatly to the developed of industry, commerce and innovation, which has enriched the life and culture of the City of Newcastle.

The Maritime Museum has many wonderful ship models on display and marine relics dating back to the founding of the City in 1797.

Educational ProgramMEs - Where Learning is Fun

The Newcastle Maritime Museum offers Educational Programmes for students. These Programmes include valuable information about Transportation and Shipping: Navigation, Industry and Shipwrecks: Commerce and Communication designed specially for school students. All programs fit the HSIE K-6 syllabus.

School holiday fun

Captain Crumb's Pirate School is a popular feature of school holiday activity at the Maritime Museum. Many young pirates have graduated from Captain Crumb's wonderful school, which is full of fun and excitement.  Places are limited so please contact the Museum to book a place for your child.

Location, Location, Location

If you’re looking for a venue for your next function, whether it be a seminar, social gathering, product launch, an art exhibition, corporate function or private party, the Maritime Museum is a unique venue for weddings with doors opening on to a beautiful harbour scene.

The Museum can open up to create a large space, or can be arranged in intimate areas to accommodate a wide range of uses. The Museum can host up to 140 people at a sit down dinner, and many more for a standing informal presentation or party.

The Museum's deck, with amazing views of Nobbys Lighthouse and Newcastle Harbour, provides an excellent stage for wedding ceremonies, followed by the reception within the Museum's unique ambience.

Silo Catering is the Newcastle Maritime Museum's preferred caterer. Every factor of your successful event, including superb food, beverages and services, can be provided by Silo.  Other catering options are available.

For the Love of all things Maritime

The Newcastle Maritime Museum is a not for profit organisation which has been sustained for over 40 years by the support of benefactors and volunteers.  Membership of the Newcastle Maritime Museum Association is open for application. To become a Member, Volunteer or to donate to the Museum please follow the links to our Community page.

The Maritime Museum charges a modest entry fee. Entry fees support the maintenance and preservation of the Maritime Museum's Collection, and to provide the Public Venue for its presentation.

We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from our benefactors:

For more information contact the Maritime Museum on:

Phone: 02 4929 2588

Email: info@maritimecentrenewcastle.org.au