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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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Went to the museum with 2 young children (aged 6 and 8). They did all the holiday activities as well as viewing the vessels. After 8 hours we had to leave as they were closing and... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went to the museum with 2 young children (aged 6 and 8). They did all the holiday activities as well as viewing the vessels. After 8 hours we had to leave as they were closing and we still hadn't seen everything. Will have to bring them back to finish the visit. A great worthwhile experience. The review title came from... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We all had a great time - which was a surprise! 5 and 7 years olds loved the all the ships and sub and also the general museum. Had a lovely light lunch on the cafe and spent 3 times as long as we thought we would enjoying the experience. The volunteers onboard the vessels are great!

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Windaroo, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went into the Australian Maritime Museum, on the spur of the moment, we only did the free areas, however was impressed by what we saw.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a few options here. You can enter for free and walk around the main central galleries which is definitely worth doing. Then there's specific exhibitions which you can pay to enter, or there's the big family pass for $79 that allows you to get on all the big boats outside including a submarine and the Young Endeavour. It... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the United States of America had funded this museum. It was marvelous ! The quality of the displays, the models of many ships, the helicopter, the fastest watercraft and all of the historical dioramas were great ! Also, the museum was free !!!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only had a couple of hours, so our visit was a bit rushed.Thoroughly enjoyed the tours round the destroyer and submarine which give an insight into the conditions the sailors had to live under. The guide who took us round the HMAS Vampire actually served on her and was able give us a first hand account of life on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great venue for anyone interested in boats and history. External exhibits are presented by very knowledgeable volunteers who bring them to life. Also several guided tours. Make sure to see the Wooden boat exhibits at the edge of the site. Submarine was particularly well presented. The inside exhibits include information about the first woman to sail non-stop around the world,... More 

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Layton, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved this museum! It was free for most of it which was awesome! Loved all the information on people coming over from Europe. They also had a section geared towards the US which I thought was awesome coming from there. Must see!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We arrived at the Australian National Maritime Museum half an hour before it was due to close. We learned that there is a section that you can view for free, if you get a stamp on your hand from the front desk. We quickly obtained these stamps and spent the next 30 minutes viewing the free galleries, which were very... More 

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

Hi Cassie, thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We hope to see you again one day when you have some more time to explore! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum has free entry and a terrific spot to see. In addition there are four ships to see for an additional fee. A submarine and a war ship are just two ships that give you an insight of how our sailors lived whilst on those vessels. Well worth the additional cost to gain entry. (I'm convinces that sailors area... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for leaving your review. We're happy to you enjoyed exploring the ships. It is rather amazing to imagine living on board one of those ships for months at a time... we'd choose our own bed any day! More 

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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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