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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
Description: 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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Brilliant family day out

We took a 4,6 and 8 year old here yesterday. It was a fantastic family day out. Highlights included the war ship tour, then entry to the submarine (the kids were in awe at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We took a 4,6 and 8 year old here yesterday. It was a fantastic family day out. Highlights included the war ship tour, then entry to the submarine (the kids were in awe at the tiny cramped conditions), and of course the kids zone inside. Best to start with the outdoor exploration activities and then save the indoor centre for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Our 2 boys absolutely loved this place. Not so much the museum itself, but the destroyer, submarine and tall ship. They do have some fantastic models inside the museum, and currently have an octonauts themed play area for young children. We went on a Friday, however we noticed on the following day, the tall ship had been taken out. We... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Very nice informative museum, in the middle Darling Harbour, make sure to catch the ferry right behind to Circular Quay and see thebeautiful harbour views of the bridge and Sydney Opera House. Museum offers everything for all ages, great history of the ships and men of the sea. Directly behind museum there a lighthouse Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse, for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Coming from the UK I'm used to maritime museums being full of nothing but warships and naval battles. Australia doesn't have that heritage to draw on so takes a very different approach, and the result is all the better for it. That's not to say that the Australian Navy doesn't feature but you also get exhibits covering such things as... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The museum itself is average but the ships out back are the main attraction. You'll need to pay extra to get on board the ships but I think it's well worth it. The HMS Endeavour and the Oberon-class submarines are really interesting and most of the ships are staffed with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable volunteers I've ever... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Well worth a visit even if your not into ships, if you are there is plenty to see when you visit the ships out in the harbour.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Yes, it's true. You can actually go on a submarine. It was the highlight of my visit - a very strange experience. You can go on other ships too but just make sure you know what's in and what's out at sea. It was disappointing not to be told this info when buying tickets. The inside of the museum isn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

There are a lot of things you can look at in this museum, so I generally believe there should be something for everyone. The price is quite high if you also want to see the submarine and the big ship outside, but if you've never done this before the experience should be worth your while. I have previously been on... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

Wnet to this attraction to see the decommissioned gun boat, destroyer and submarine. Throughly enjoyed all three. The volunteer guides were friendly and informative and all three ships were well presented although the audio sessions were of poor quality. Visit this site when you have time to explore all the areas without rushing. Great for all the family but very... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The Australian Maritime Museum has a wonderful collection of historic ships and boats, including a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour and a Royal Australian Navy submarine preserved just as it was when it was decommissioned in 1999. But for an adult entry of A$27.50, I felt the museum could sharpen up its act. There could have been a notice at... More 

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