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Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street | Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
61 (0)2 9298 3777
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As featured in Sydney for young kids
Ranked #40 of 296 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Australian National Maritime Museum details the country's love for and dependence upon the seas with traditional exhibits and film but also... more » Owner description: The Australian National Maritime Museum details the country's love for and dependence upon the seas with traditional exhibits and film but also vessels to explore in Darling Harbour, including a destroyer and a submarine. The museum has many children's activities and offers sailing excursions. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Great going inside the ships and submarine. Kids loved sitting in captain's chair and trying out bunk beds in submarine. Only saw a bit inside of museum but it looked pretty good. Recommend spending the money to see the ships.

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I went to the Museum on a weekday morning. I expected low crowds, and generally that was the case, although several groups of school children were also touring. Luckily the kids went thought quickly and I didn't have to really wait to see any of the exhibits. I expect you might have to wait if you go on a weekend.... More

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Balcombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The attractions in the building were interesting for us, but didn't hold the attention of the kids and we went through it pretty quickly. However, the walk through the Endeavor and the sub was excellent. The volunteer guides on hand really brought them both alive and we had a great time time. It's worth it to visit for those, but... More

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Sydney, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Went to the maritime museum for the whale exhibition and whale paintings that were meant to be life size. Ended up seeing one life size whale picture. Went on the outside ships which were great to see. One of the sea shepard fleet was docked in the harbour so was able to go on that. Waited in line for the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This place is really cool. I am not a fan of maritime museum but it is very well done and the visit of the sub at the end is definitely worth the price paid I would definitely recommend having a look around if you have a couple of hours to spare

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Adelaide
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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our day here, but the highlight was the submarine. The youngest kids loved the replica Endeavour too, but I found downstairs too claustrophobic so exited that part of the tour as quickly as possible. We would definitely visit again next trip to Sydney. Fantastic photographs.

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Kuala Lumpur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took our children to see the ships and submarine last Saturday and booked the family big ticket as we wanted to see the exhibitions in the museum as well. The kids had tonnes of fun going into the submarine and the replica of HMS Endeavour. The guides onboard the submarine and ship were very knowledgeable and shared with us... More

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Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The maritime museum is great for folks that love boats or maritime history. As a person who is not all that interested, I will say this is still worth the visit. The inside areas I was not to interested in, but there is lots to see. Outside I loved seeing the boats on display and going through the submarine. Really... More

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Karlsruhe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It's absolutely worth the visit, in particular since entrance into the submarine docked next to the museum is included. It's a unique experience to walk through a submarine. Moreover, at least when we've been there on a weekend, there were people who have actually served on the submarine themselves available to answer you any question. Brilliant!

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Despite visiting Sydney many times over the years, we had never been to the Maritime Museum. I found it more interesting, informative & historic than I would have thought. We had guided tours given by volunteers of a submarine & other ships, including a working replica of Captain Cook’s Endeavour. Thankfully, I had worn pants instead of a skirt &... More

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