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Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street | Darling Harbour, Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
+61 2 9298 3777
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Ranked #28 of 239 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Australian National Maritime Museum aims to explore and manage...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

My kids visited the museum with the school this year and enjoyed it so much that they convinced me to go with them and my mum (from Canada). The permanent exhibition is good but what really stands out is the ships that we can visit. Captain Cook's replica is really impressive, as well as the destroyer and submarine. My grandfather... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Went with 2 kids, with low expectations-- and very glad to say that we all had fun. The highlights were the battleship tour, the submarine tour, and the kids science section-- we found these to be very interactive, informative without going overboard, and also quite unique. We were less interested in the Australian maritime history, but that is just a... More 

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Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

The specialty exhibits are always interesting at the maritime museum. The school holiday program is wonderful with great craft and interactive activities for the kids and during the warmer months, make sure you take a towel and swimmers for the water park where little ones can have fun with water play and water guns. We always enjoy going aboard the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Easy to find in Darling Harbour. Get the big ticket so you can go on the boats and submarine.The volunters on these vessels are full of information bringing them to life. The museum itself is much bigger than you realise really interesting exhibits. Cool on a warm day or good if it's wet weather.. Allow minimum 2-3 hours to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Right on Darling Harbour, this place is not to be missed esp. if you are a pirate or seafaring fan. Great exhibits on various things and visiting the warship and a sub makes it all the more worthwhile. Quite some life men lead before the onset of air travel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Sydney's National Maritime Museum is located in downtown Sydney, in a scenic setting on the harbor. Terrific exhibits on the history of settlement, discovery, pre-European uses, the age of soil, Polynesian sailors, and much more. We were there for a special evening event, which was very well catered and with outstaning speakers. And while you are there, take a harbor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We recently took our grandsons to the museum. It was quite a hot day and we were lucky we were able to go on the Onslow as if it was much hotter they likely would have stopped visitors as it is quite hot and not air conditioned so recommend to go early in the day if it is going to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We explored the national maritime museum on Sydney darling harbour. The most fun walking through a submarine, personally toured on the Vampire2 battle ship as well as marvelled at the young replica Endeavour. Thanks to all volunteers especially old mate that took us on the Kay Cottee boat 1st lady at the start of the day.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The highlight of the visit is the three ship exhibits. The first is a replica of Cook's Endeavour which is very informative, then you have the 1960's style submarine and the 1950's era destroyer. I have visited such ships in different parts of the world - London, Hawaii, Corpus Christi, Cleveland, Shenzhen, Holland etc so can compare. Sydney is probably... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not only the tour guides are so informative and welcoming, but the whole experience is highly educational and enlightening. The visit to the war ship just made me realise what a miserable life sailors have sharing that limited space, surrounded by steel walls in sometimes extremely tense circumstances. I don't support war and I don't support military expansion at all,... More 

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