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Defence of Darwin Experience

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history. The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'. The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe. The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more. The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory. The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII. Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities.
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5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was worth the visit. A very informative display. Very educational and very hands on. Highly recommend.

Thank Bellisymo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is well-arranged and provides all materials (videos, interaction with visitors, pictures, posters, collections of medals, weapons, documents, relics) and make you from this wow to that wow.

Thank linhvu9x
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent interactive experience Learnt a lot that I didn’t know. I felt immersed in Darwin during the Japanese raid There is lots of artefacts to see The staff were delightful

Thank Nadajak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the visit , short indoor movie to watch with individual peoples wartime experience inter woven with it through displays in and around the theatre. Also lots of outdoor display areas and war time gun emplacements to see.

Thank trio10
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and his mate, both Vietnam Veterans, were most interested in this museum. As none of us had known much about the bombing on Darwin, we were keen to hear just what had happened. Rushed to the theaterette when the air raid siren sounded....More

Thank carolyn r
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Was amazing, Jammed pack with a lot of history like taking a step back in time, was an absolute joy going there if near by you'd be a dill not to go 👌🏻

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 5 October 2017

After a pretty pricey fee, you walk round a well put together but dis-jointed exhibits. The hologram/video/story is good and when it is done you can walk around lots of military metal. It's alright

Thank bagpackingbrit
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This is a great place for families to visit. Very few people know about the Defence of Darwin. They have an incredible collection of artillery pieces, vehicles, uniforms, models and paintings. Also interactive experiences. It is also set in a beautiful, part of Darwin. You...More

Thank Marina d
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This place is awesome....Its great to wander through the gardens looking at all the exhibitions..We really enjoyed it..learnt alot

Thank JoanneDC1965
Reviewed 3 October 2017

If you are interested in the bombing of Darwin and nearby places, you will love this attraction. Be prepared to spend a lot of time looking at the exhibitions which is reading, interactive displays and the outdoor displays. The 13 minute video re-enactment was great,...More

Thank Mark S
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18 February 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
The Museum is approx. 15 kilometres from the wharf and as such too far to walk. Means of transport to the Museum are taxi or tour bus as there is no public transport to East Point
Barb E
20 January 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
Hi The Museum is open from 10am to 3:30pm 7 days per week during the 'wet season' (now until 30th March)
30 July 2016|
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Response from JvR-MvR | Reviewed this property |
You could take the hop-on, hop-off bus which goes right past the waterfront. You could also contact the museum. See details on their website: defenceofdarwin.nt.gov.au Hope this helps.