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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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Begin here to understand Australia

HMS Endeavour, James Cook's ship of 1770, is tied up here for your exploration. Yea, imagine yourself under those conditions...and without your cell phone. OK, its really a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 NEW

HMS Endeavour, James Cook's ship of 1770, is tied up here for your exploration. Yea, imagine yourself under those conditions...and without your cell phone. OK, its really a spectacular and seaworthy replica but the diesel-electric submarine and destroyer are originals and you may tour all of these and more. Within the museum are a number of good exhibits and currently... More 

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 NEW

Second visit here. Access to the docked ships is a highlight, sadly not all open on this visit. It appears that the museum is more about beach culture of Sydney than that of the nation. A couple of cabinets of (copy) curios dedicated to Flinders and Cook, the other obvious focus is that of the Australian Navy but that's it.... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

Not being a big lover of maritime, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the museum! Worth the look around and was very cool wandering around on the submarine, also helpful and friendly staff!

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

I'm not a big nautical person but I decided to check this museum out. It was superb. Touring the sailing replica of the Endeavour was amazing. Be prepared to crawl along under deck....that's how cramped it was. The retired destroyer and submarine were okay. The displays inside were extremely well done and diverse. In addition to the usual WWII stuff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Found it really interesting getting to go in the old ships and get a small taste of what things used to be like. Fun going through the frigate and the submarine.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

My toddler is a museum buff and we always try to visit museum spots everywhere we go. This museum closes at 5pm and we arrived there at 4pm. The front desk lady was very helpful in guiding us on what to see first and they even gave allowance for us to come back the next day to explore the other... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Great museum, with a lot going on. Being able to board a square rig, destroyer and submarine are the real highlights, but also inside the museum are some amazing attractions, a lot of interactive items for the kids, a small play park and some child focused workshops. The family membership is great value, with unlimited access for 2 adults +... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A good place to visit , set around Darling Harbor, ships (and a submarine) afloat and a large exhibition hall / museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Visited here recently for the second time. it is my 10yo son's most favourite thing to do in Sydney. He especially loves going on board and exploring the Navy warship and submarine. Exploring the submarine never fails to send shivers up my spine at the thought of being enclosed in that small space for months on end!The replica of the... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

A must do Sydney attraction. A wonderful blend of nautical experiences. The volunteers are amazing,the attractions are superb, the photo ops are never ending. It's wonderful value and you will learn ALOT.

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