COVID-19 Information for Visitors


From 15 December to protect the health and safety of our visitors, vaccine requirements remain in place and we strongly recommend mask wearing inside.


Notice to Visitors to the Australian National Maritime Museum – Vaccination Requirements


It is a condition of entry to the Australian National Maritime Museum that all persons aged 16 years and over either:

  • are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present suitable evidence of this; or
  • present a medical contraindication certificate from a medical practitioner, in the form approved by the NSW Chief Health Officer.

Suitable evidence which will be accepted by the Museum includes an online immunisation history statement, a COVID-19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register or information displayed on the Service NSW mobile phone application.


To help us ensure the safety of all our visitors and workers, and to protect our collection, vessels, displays, exhibitions and other property, your entry to our premises implies consent to the following terms and conditions of entry to our premises:

1. Children under the age of 12, including students, must be accompanied and supervised by an adult when they are on museum premises. Children under 90cm tall are not permitted on the museum’s vessels or in the Lighthouse.
2. Bags or containers larger than 30cm are not permitted in the museum building, the Action Stations pavilion or on the vessels. Free storage is available in the cloakroom.
3. The museum reserves the right to check bags, packages and material entering or leaving the premises. Please present bags on request.
4. Items that could be used to damage the museum’s collections, including umbrellas and aerosol cans, must be deposited in the cloakroom prior to entering the museum building, the Action Stations pavilion or the museum’s vessels. However, disability aids may be used to assist access to all public areas.
5. Photographs may be taken with hand-held devices for personal use. The use of tripods or monopoles is not permitted. Please observe photography conditions and restrictions, including any directions of security officers.
6. Footwear must be worn inside the museum buildings and the Lighthouse. High heels must not be worn on the vessels.
7. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries or on the vessels, except where authorised.
8. Smoking on museum premises is not permitted.
9. Animals are not permitted in the museum building, the Action Stations pavilion and on the vessels, except where authorised. Trained or accredited assistance animals and guide dogs are welcome when accompanied by their handler and restrained.
10. Fishing, swimming and launching or mooring a vessel is prohibited, except where authorised.
11. Cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding on the premises is not permitted.
12. Busking or selling articles on the premises without authorisation is not permitted.
13. Security cameras are installed throughout the museum premises and may record you during your visit. This personal information is handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
14. Designated security officers are empowered by law to enforce the Australian National Maritime Museum Regulations 2018. Please obey their directions, requests and decisions.
15. All persons entering the museum premises do so at their own risk. The museum does not accept responsibility for the negligent acts or omissions of visitors.
16. All visitors are fully responsible for the safekeeping and security of their own personal belongings and valuables while on our premises.
17. All visitors to have a shared responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. In accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act, visitors acknowledge they are to:
Take responsible care of their own health and safety
Take reasonable care to ensure they do not adversely affect the safety of others; and
Comply with all instructions by museum workers so far as they are reasonably able to.
18. All persons entering the premises agree to indemnify the museum in respect of all claims made in connection with attendance at museum premises, except where such claim arises as a result of a negligent or wilful act, omission or otherwise by the museum, or an act or omission by the museum that is intended to cause damage or loss. To the full extent permitted by law, all persons entering premises release and discharge the museum from all claims and demands on the museum from all claims and demands on the museum and any loss or damage whatsoever or whensoever caused, arising from attendance at the museum premises.