DISCOVERY CENTRE CONCEPT FOR THE MARITIME MUSEUM

Australian National Maritime Museum – Sydney, Australia
Research, Insights, Strategy

The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) is the country’s national museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition and research of our maritime story. Located in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, in an iconic building designed by Philip Cox, the Museum holds one of the largest floating fleets in the world, and explores the country’s maritime history from the earliest Indigenous peoples through to modern warfare and leisure. It is also a significant educational facility, with school children from across the country engaging with its content, and has a live research department that continues to make waves in the maritime archaeology world.

Looking to build a new component of the Museum in the form of a ‘Discovery Centre’, Left Bank Co. was engaged to explore the full potential of the Discovery Centre concept, and how the opportunity could be best leveraged for the benefit of the future of the Museum. The scope of works included research and evidence gathering to identify the most beneficial solutions for maximising the Discovery Centre opportunity, looking not only at the footprint of this asset and its relationship to the rest of the Museum, but also the positioning of the experience and the way it would come to life for visitors. Left Bank Co. worked closely with the senior leadership team to resolve a strategic vision and set of objectives for the Discovery Centre, delivering a concept report to guide the future design and development of the asset, including its spatial and design qualities, curatorial approach and experiential considerations.  

The results of the project will be used to lead the ANMM into a process of securing funding and resolving the design in order to make the Discovery Centre a reality.