The Warship & Marine Corps Museum Collection includes:

  • A library of over 5000 books and government documents covering all periods of Naval history, used to help research Museum displays;
  • Diaries and handwritten personal accounts of life in the Navy both ashore & afloat, in war and peace;
  • Uniforms, rank and ratings badges and medals along with an extensive collection of cap tallies;
  • Models of ships;
  • Paintings, prints and original recruiting posters from around the world;
  • Numerous maps from the 17th and 18th centuries – many depicting New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land;
  • Approximately 6,000 Naval-related postcards from 1890s through to 1945;
  • Signatures of most Royal Australian Navy commissioning and decommissioning crews since the second half of the 20th Century, autographed command cards, historical photographs and documents, newspaper posters;
  • Nameplates, shell cases and signal flags, life buoys and other artefacts from ships;
  • Photographs and documents relating to the U.S. Apollo Mission Moon Landings;
  • More than 100,000 negatives of Naval ships from a large number of navies taken from the early 1930s to the present. Prints available via our shop.
years collecting
artefacts +
displays +
exhibition rooms


Across eight halls, a selection of the best and most interesting items from the Museum collection, illustrates the great stories of world Naval history.


A wide range of surplus artefacts, books, photographs, prints, postcards, posters and 20th Century naval charts are available in the Museum’s shop “Mainly Maritime”.



The Museum collection is now on display, together with the Museum shop “Mainly Maritime”, in the seaside town of St Helens, in Tasmania, Australia.

Open 10am-5pm every day ~ except Tuesdays.
Viewing outside of these hours is possible, please phone to arrange.

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