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Australian National Maritime Museum

Address: 2 Murray Street | Darling Harbour, Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
Phone Number: +61 2 9298 3777
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Ranked #26 of 266 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
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a great day at the museum. How special to be on the Vampire and Onslow with guides who had served on the very vessels. Really enjoyed David's tour. Fantastic to be allowed on board and permitted to "free range". Inside was fun too. Thanks for a great time.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We did this on our last day in Sydney which was a shame as it meant that we had to leave earlier than we would have liked to catch our plane. You could spend the whole day here easily. We arrived early (beat the crowds and heat). Volunteers took us on tours of the naval destroyer, submarine and Endeavour replica.... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is a friendly welcoming modern gallery which has a wonderful series of exhibitions that augment their collection. They go all out to ensure families have fun with the submarine and boats guaranteed to interest everyone. I am quite drawn to some of the mor intimate indoors features which are small but beautifully curated. I have learnt so much in... More 

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Beenleigh, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Well worth getting a ticket to tour the Vampire and the Onslow! Gives you a sense of life for the crew - not recommended for claustrophobics. Lots to see in the main museum too. Could have spent more time there (we had about 3 hours there).

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The submarine and the tall ship are absolutely wonderful. There are also a lot of volunteers that love sharing their knowledge. Just don't be shy of asking questions. It just made the whole visit ten times better!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I admit I was surprised, I thought we'd stay a couple of hours, but we stayed all day till close. The boats and submarine are excellent and well worth the extra money. Great exhibits and the show was so good!! Volunteers are lovely. Craft rooms for kids is excellent and well supplied.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I have been wanting to take the kids here for a while and was not disappointed. Lots of exhibitions to see and we got to go on the ships and submarine. The kids got a kick out of it. Make sure you get there early to get on the ships as they can get crowded quickly. Good value as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

In a lovely setting at Darling just outside the City this attraction has something for everyone, There is an inteactive area for kids, a section on war, authentic tall ships, a submarine and a more modern gun boat. The volunteer staff do a great job giving information on the boats and it takes great stamina to around the main building... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Endeavour replica is the main attraction, and well worth seeing, it costs extra to get on the ship, but it's very much worth it. The replica is very accurate, and you need to be fairly able bodied to get around it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Maritime Museum might be okay if you are a mad 'boat buff' as it has a couple of small ships that you can explore (if you pay extra to do so), however it's current school holiday attraction was a disappointment. Advertised as 'Going Places', my 13 year old has reported that the attraction was very underwhelming, with a few... More 

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