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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
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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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Fascinating museum made even better by enthusiastic volunteers.

We arrived mid afternoon but probably should have allowed much longer to see all there is on offer at this extensive and interesting museum. The replica of Endeavour is stunning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived mid afternoon but probably should have allowed much longer to see all there is on offer at this extensive and interesting museum. The replica of Endeavour is stunning and the volunteers helped to evoke a sense of history associated with the ship. The highlight for me was the tour of HMAS Vampire conducted by Ric. As a former... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I only visited the gallery at the museum. It is fairly small and on exhibit are a few historical boats, such as an older Australian 18 footer, and then there are exhibits on the Australian role in WWI and II, as well as some information on convict ships. For an additional fee, it is possible to visit some navy ships... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

If you have ANY interest in boats, naval history or Captain James Cook, you cannot afford to miss this attraction. We visited the replica of the Endeavour (Captain Cook's ship), HMAS Vampire (decommissioned Destroyer), HMAS Onslow (decommissioned Oberon class submarine) and the restored James Craig. The Endeavour and James Craig were the highlights, with extremely knowledgeable guides. We didn't actually... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Got to go on 3 vessels, an Australian Naval ship, a submarine and an old convict ship. The Museum was good too but tended to deal more with the Australian Naval service than anything else. Not really what I thought it would be but still good

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Indoor expositions were very good, lots of information and displays. Really caught our interest. Nice to combine with a visit to Darling harbour, glad we went.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

The good thing about this museum is you can go on board the submarine. a battleship and the replica of the Captain Cook's Endeavour. For children who don't like static displays this is great hands on stuff and made the visit worthwhile for us. It is enlightening whilst on board the actual ships to imagine the hardship that would have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

It's a shame this museum is just in the 32 place in places to visit in Sydney. I am not very interested in ships and stuff like that but as my boyfriend is interested, we decided to give it a try. Wow wow wow. Don't wait till midday like we did, start your journey through the museum in the morning.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Usual indoor exhibits ordinary but the main highlight was being able to board the actual vessels, particularly the Endeavour and also the submarine. Good school holiday exhibition was on for kids, the play area is catered to 5 years and under. Quite easy to get to, by ferry or light rail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The regular gallery is also interesting, especially the part about the navigators, but the highlight definitively is the visit to the actual boats- Endeavour replica is a functioning ship that sailed around Australia. It was amazing to see the size of the boat that had 94 people onboard. XVIII Century IKEA when it comes to small space management. The visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

the pass includes, access to the Vampire Destroyer, submarine, and museum. The Shackelton expedition was featured, which was very interesting. A lot of maritime history of the indigenous peoples and overall history of Australia. Very informative and provides an excellent over view of australian maritime history.

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