Aviation, Military, Transport and
Maritime Museums in Australia


Sydney Airport
Domestic Departure Lounge
Sydney, New South Wales


From the official QANTAS Heritage Collection web page:

The Qantas Heritage Collection is a permanent exhibition of the rich and colourful history of Qantas. Located on the mezzanine level of Sydney Domestic Terminal (T3) near Gate 13, it is open to the public, free of charge, from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm (closed on Public Holidays).

Situated overlooking the spectacular background of landing and departing aircraft, Qantas Heritage Collection includes artefacts and memorabilia drawn from thousands of items of historical significance donated by passengers and airline staff.

Covering an area of 1,000 square metres, the exhibition was created by Qantas as a result of the voluntary work of 15 retired staff. Since the early 1990s, the group has worked diligently to sort, catalogue, list and repair a diverse range of items.

Visitors are able to follow the story of Qantas through a series of interconnected exhibition spaces.

Exhibits include:

  • Past Qantas Uniforms display
  • Finely crafted models titled 'Da Vinci to Sputnik' depicting significant global developments in the history of flight, including the role of pioneer Australian inventor, Lawrence Hargrave.
  • Photographic overview of Qantas highlights of each decade since 1920, depicted on a series of colourful hanging banners.
  • Nostalgic look at some Qantas uniforms.
  • Timetables, tickets, menus, advertising posters, old copies of the airline's employee newspaper 'Qantas Staff News', photographs of celebrity passengers and various other archival documents.
  • Theatrette showing DVDs of the airline's past and also future developments.
  • Assortment of historical objects, including navigational equipment, early model aircraft and assorted memorabilia.
  • Engines used on Qantas aircraft in outback Australia in the 1920s.
  • Wicker chairs used in the open cockpit for pilot and passengers on early flights.

    Temporary displays will also be mounted among the permanent items to give the collection a regular fresh look.

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    This page was last updated 14 February 2015