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Australian National Maritime Museum

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Darling Harbour
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Address: 2 Murray St | Darling Harbour, Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9298 3777
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Climb aboard and join the action at the Australian National Maritime...

Climb aboard and join the action at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Spectacularly located on the waterfront in the heart of Sydney's Darling Harbour, you'll find tall ships, Navy vessels, a submarine, beautifully restored historic boats, fascinating temporary and travelling exhibitions and fun-filled activities for the kids. The museum houses the National Maritime Collection, which features over 140,000 objects, capturing themes such as defence, exploration, migration and coastal culture. It also includes one of the largest and most diverse in-water fleets of any museum in the world - including submarine HMAS Onslow, Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, tall ship James Craig and Captain James Cook's HMB Endeavour replica. Visiting the Action Stations exhibition is a must for an immersive museum experience like no other, where you can explore that danger and drama of Navy life at sea.

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This Museum is absolutely a must see for any Maritime lover. We spent hours here. First we checked out the inside section of the Museum, which was all very informative, and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This Museum is absolutely a must see for any Maritime lover. We spent hours here. First we checked out the inside section of the Museum, which was all very informative, and about what you would expect from the inside of a Maritime Museum. Because of the way the tickets worked, we were then able to have lunch nearby and return... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic outing - and what a selection of ships were in when we were there (they do vary). We toured the HMAS Vampire, an Australian destroyer and had a great docent who explained the ship, the living condition's and the operation of the ship. We also did the Endeavour. You can walk along the harbour and view... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum itself has a variety of info and stuff to see. For kids there are some great activities to interact with. Good history and information. The access to boats was the highlight. The Vampire was impressive and the submarine Onslow a wonderful experience to get a feel for life at sea. The cafe was pretty good too and although... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

General admission is free. You pay $30.00 to see the naval ship and submarine and an area inside the museum. It's very informative, and some really good displays. It's also surprising to see famous Americans in photos in it. It a good visit and you are right there at Darling Harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Where possible see if you can pick up a 20% discount voucher. This will let you purchase the Big Entry ticket at a reduced price. This will let you board the Patrol Boat - HMAS Advance, Destroyer - HMAS Vampire and Submarine - HMAS Onslow. As well as the HMB Endeavour when in port. I can certainly say that I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unique maritime museum with a variety of ships to explore and a great display of the first woman to sail single handed around the world. It was a great rainy day activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to spend half a day as there is a lot to see both inside and out. Good for all ages. There is a nice cafe for lunch or drinks on site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The maritime museum in Sydney is a must see attraction. Located in Darling Harbour a short walk from Town Hall Station. . It showcases seafaring, coastal, naval and cultural themes with artefacts, exhibitions and guided tours throughout the day. We spent way too much time in the themes children's area with our 6yr old grandson who was absolutely fascinated and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this a greta experience. You can go round the basic museum for free and its lovely . For about $33 you can go round the Destroyer, submarine and Captain Cook's replica HMB Endeavour. There are volunteers who talk you through anything and it was all fascinating if you like boats and /or history

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed it immensely. There's so much to see and you can get up close to a lot of the exhibits and great maritime history

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The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to Dj’s. Families can visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
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