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Australian National Maritime Museum

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Address: 2 Murray Street | Darling Harbour, Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9298 3777
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Australian National Maritime Museum aims to explore and manage...

The Australian National Maritime Museum aims to explore and manage maritime heritage in ways that enlighten, inspire and delight people everywhere. The National Maritime Collection 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. Located on Sydney's Darling Harbour, the museum also offers visitors a range of public events, children's activities and exhibitions covering all aspects of Australia's connection to the sea, as well as the opportunity to board and explore the historic vessels.

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The museum features a variety of information. The ships lying in the harbour are worth a visit. Especially the submarine.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Heard such wonderful words about the musuem so made my way to darling harbour to check it out. First boat poor lady didn't really know much but she done her best. Then on Captain Cooks boat the most rudest person interupted our visit telling the guide to get us off the boat. No manners or explanation. I continued with my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum features a variety of information. The ships lying in the harbour are worth a visit. Especially the submarine.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the replica of Cook's sailing ship, the Endeavour on our last day in Sydney. That is, I tried to visit it, but arrived there later in the day, at 4 pm. Unfortunately, the venue closed at 4:10 (why 4:10 and not 4, or 4:30, is a little odd....probably something to do with a union contract). Tickets for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take a tour of the replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour and learn about the sailing life. There are other ships there to venture on , as well as a submarine. The museum has a free section and great special exhibitions throughout the year.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This has been a very interesting visit. Outside in the pier, we saw one original tall ship, one replica tall ship and a small patrol boat. The destroyer and the submarine were not included because they were being refurbished, but they offered us a discount on the ticket price. Inside the building there was an exhibition of the Shackleton expedition... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very surprised at the interesting ships on display here. The Endeavour has been well restored and maintained, giving a good insight into how life was back them. The James Craig story was even more interesting, given that it is all done by volunteers. The submarine and destroyer complete the display of ships. The inside museum was also very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Cook sailed the original Endeavor around the world, and in the process mapped the east coast of Australia, ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, repaired his ship in foreign territory thousands of miles from home, and claimed the land bordering the east coast of Australia (then New Holland) for the King of England. A beautiful replica of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a big fan of tall ships, boats and pretty much anything that floats, i thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the ANMM. In the museum itself there are some brilliant historical facts and exhibits from captain Cooks voyage to recent time Australian NAVY information. The key to this museum is to submerse yourself in this history see that Australia has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see if you're interested in Sydney's history. There are so many great ships to look at, and I recommend spending the $30 a piece to go on all the ships. The ships, submarine and destroyer were great, but the volunteers were what made this an excellent trip. They were friendly and genuinely interested in talking about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time here - we walked all over the warship, went inside the submarine and the replica of the Endeavour. You need to be over 90cm tall and reasonably flexible to get into the sub and the Endeavour. There was a great system with being able to leave backpacks at the front desk and also free lockers... More 

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