Welcome to the web site of North Fort Home of the National Artillery Museum the “Australian Army Artillery Museum”
As the Home of the National Artillery Museum (now called the “Australian Army Artillery Museum”), North Fort is a significant memorial to Australian gunners, and the repository of a very large collection of the heritage and history of Australia ‘s oldest branch within The Australian Army.
North Fort displays contain more than 50 guns and mortars and associated equipment, numerous paintings, displays, memorials, and medals. The North Fort Library has over 2,500 photographs, about 4,000 technical and historical books, unique research files and sets of papers which tell the story of Australian gunners in peace and war.
The various collections housed at North Fort cover the period from First European Settlement (1788) to very recent operations and Peace Keeping missions in which Australians have been involved since the commencement of United Nations peace keeping operations in 1947 .
North Fort is much more than a military museum. There are shaded picnic areas with adjoining BBQs, a spectacular Harbour Lookout Area (the Observation Platform) , historic World War Two fortifications and tunnels listed in the Australian Heritage Register , and North Fort Café that has extraordinary views of the entrance to Sydney Harbour, the channels to Bradley’s Head and the CBD.
The Australian Army Artillery Museum is administered by the Army History Unit (AHU) with the assistance of the Volunteer members of the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company (RAAHC).
So, whether you want to experience a guided tour of the Museum and the fortifications, do some research, remember a loved one, have a picnic or BBQ with fantastic views, or enjoy lunch or a coffee at the Café – North Fort is the place to visit.
Collocated within North Fort is the Defence of Sydney Monument which recognizes the dedicated service of those many para military and civilian organisations that played a very significant role in the defence of Sydney during World War Two. In addition, Australia’s Memorial Walk commemorates over 3,000 servicemen and women who served actively at home and abroad from the mid 19 th Century, including British Colonial Regiments up to the present time.