The Conference Centre is the Australian National Maritime Museum’s new waterfront venue. As part of a recent upgrade and refurbishment, a versatile series of spaces with uninterrupted harbour views will be available to cater to the increasing demand of Sydney’s event and conference organisers.
Situated at Darling Harbour, The Conference Centre offers the museum’s western annex for hire for the first time. The centre has its own entrance and takes full advantage of its prized location and views courtesy of 13-metre-tall glazing and an outdoor entertaining terrace that looks over Pyrmont Bay toward Barangaroo.
The main conference space has a capacity for up to 120 delegates for day conferences or up to 200 guests for cocktail functions, and includes an audio-visual suite and servery for specially- designed menus by award-winning caterer Laissez-faire. Three separate break-out areas and convenient access to the waterfront terrace provides the ideal flexibility for conferences, day-long meetings and evening events as well as corporate off-site programs.
In addition, a mezzanine level in this lofty space houses the Wal Gentle Boardroom. In keeping with the museum’s maritime heritage mission, this stunning, solid timber boardroom is inspired by the elegant interiors of British clipper Cutty Sark and provides a contrast to the contemporary design of the rest of the venue.
Museum director, Kevin Sumption, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer a previously private wing as a venue for commercial hire and cater to increasing demand for event spaces in this vibrant and growing Darling Habour location. The Conference Centre emphasizes the uniqueness of our venues spaces. We are thrilled to be able to host business events combined with visits to our galleries or evening cocktails on the helipad of an ex-naval destroyer, the HMAS Vampire. It allows us to share Australia’s maritime history and heritage in a dynamic way.”
The Conference Centre complements the Australian National Maritime Museum’s existing event spaces, creating a one-of-a-kind venue precinct in one of Sydney’s most sought-after locations. The museum now has the ability to host up to 3,000 people at any one time across its 12 unique and adaptable venues.
Event organisers will appreciate the waterfront location and the ability to program their events across multiple venues that offer diverse ambience, yet are conveniently located on the one site. Award-winning caterer Laissez-faire creates exclusive menus for events of any scale and formality – from dinners, cocktails and parties to corporate off-sites and board meetings to major conferences and events.
The Conference Centre at the Australian National Maritime Museum brings an exciting alternative into the venue mix at Pyrmont and Darling Harbour, an area that is fast becoming the pulsing heart of Sydney’s MICE industry.