The Boatshed


The Boatshed is the Navy Museum’s newest unique permanent exhibition space where even the building has a history of its own.

The Boatshed and the launching ramp were constructed in the late 1800’s and was used to build, maintain and accommodate naval boats over the years.  It is located at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and is situated at the waters edge of North Head.

As you walk through the double doors of ‘The Boatshed’ you are transported to a period of maritime yesteryear; of whalers, cutters, Clinker Sailing dinghies and a Captain’s Gig. The examples on display have been maintained and restored to their former glory and are surrounded by objects associated with seamanship. You can hear the sea lapping against the piles of the building and smell the scent of nautical history – of rope, wood, oakum, all tied together with the aroma of the sea.

The Boatshed is free and open from 11am to 3pm daily except when the Navy Museum is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.