Individual bays contain standing booths relating to maritime activities such as navigation, buoys and beacons, radio and other forms of communication such as Morse code and semaphore signaling.
Shipbuilding activity, which was a major activity in the growth of Ballina from its origin as a cedar transport village, is recorded in as a display of the Ballina slipway which occupied the site where the Ramada Hotel now stands.
Special displays are used to illustrate important events or the anniversary of important features of our history. Examples of these are the history of the RAN ships named HMAS SYDNEY brought into prominence by the 2009 discovery of the remains of the cruiser sunk off the coast of Western Australia in 1941 by enemy action.
A model of a mess deck shows the living conditions of sailors 50 years ago. Another display is devoted to the cloak and dagger activities of special groups who infiltrated enemy lines and wreaked havoc with their shipping.
A comparison is made of the attack on Pearl Harbour with the air raids on Darwin in World War 2. The mini submarine attack on Sydney harbour is side by side with descriptions and models of submarines and the shocking losses suffered by German submariners.