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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
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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I've lived in Sydney all my life and had never been. I've been missing out. What a great Museum and precinct. The kids loved it (5&2) and we didn't get though everything. You... read more

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Cork
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

You can climb aboard tall ships, you can have a look inside into the Thomas Cook ship (replica), and you can see the inside of other ships. Be aware that steps and can be very steep.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I've lived in Sydney all my life and had never been. I've been missing out. What a great Museum and precinct. The kids loved it (5&2) and we didn't get though everything. You could easily spend the whole day. Check for theatre sessions to plan your trip and the cafe was surprisingly good... both the food and service. We will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

After getting your ticket inside the museum, get your hand stamped, so you can come and go when it suits you.... If you have backpacks you must leave them in the lockers inside the museum, they are looked after by a member of staff!....before going outside to the 3 vessels.... The ship the endeavour.... The submarine & the war ship... More 

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Thank Jane B
ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi Jane, thanks for sharing your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit. HMB Endeavour and HMAS Onslow can feel a little cramped — we're lucky to have our volunteers on hand ready to guide you through! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! A really great day out exploring the various craft. My favorite was definitely H.M.A.S Vampire, my wife's was H.M.A.S Onslow and our daughter loved the "Pirate ship". The kids interactive display was great and highly recommend it for families

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Thank Andrew H
ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks your leaving your review Andrew! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful day out for the adventurous and curious. The 6 year-old loved being able to go on and explore firsthand the vessels moored. His fave was HMAS Onslow. We loved the Action Stations exhibit as well as the Voyage to the Deep theatre show (on at selected times) and exhibit. The ships and Action Stations require payment (worthwhile in my... More 

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ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your review, it's great to hear your son had such a good time. Our volunteers really are a goldmine of knowledge! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great place to visit. The ships are like a grown-ups playground. I recommend getting there early, before the crowds arrive, and you'll likely have the ships almost to yourself (to begin with anyway!). I can now say I've been in a submarine - how cool is that!

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ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your review Stella. We're pleased to hear you had such a great time! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

With a son interested in the Navy this was a must see. With the amazing real life sub's and ships this was an interesting view into the life and history of those at sea who protect our boarders. Highly recommend. It's hot.

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Thank Tammy T
ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving your review Tammy! We're happy to hear your son has an interest in the navy and enjoyed our ex-navy sub. More 

Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum, giving visitors an opportunity to explore a submarine, a defender and a replica of Captain Cook's ship. The work done by the volunteers is truly impressive.

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ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving your review Natalie! We are very lucky to have such knowledgeable and passionate volunteers. More 

Redcliffe, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit very informative touring the ships and seeing how they lived back then is amazing

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Thank Ellie Michael F
ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving your feedback Ellie & Michael. It's great to hear you had a good time. More 

Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a little disappointed on our visit. All the signs say free entry, but once in the front door there are charges for all of the more interesting exhibits. We looked at the free galleries and there were a number of interesting displays. However, there were far too many replicas. We felt that a museum should have predominantly original... More 

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Thank Shane M
ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback Shane. You are correct, most of our permanent galleries and select exhibitions are free, but to access the ships and special exhibitions you need to purchase a Big Ticket. We're sorry to hear this disappointed you, and we'll be sure to pass your thoughts to our exhibition team on replicas. More 

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