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Australian National Maritime Museum

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Darling Harbour
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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

Climb aboard and join the action at the Australian National Maritime...

Climb aboard and join the action at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Spectacularly located on the waterfront in the heart of Sydney's Darling Harbour, explore that danger and drama of Navy life inside Action Stations - a museum experience like no other. You'll find tall ships, Navy vessels, a submarine and beautifully restored historic boats, lively exhibitions and heaps of activities for the kids. 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. 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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Go onboard some ships and a submarine!

It was really neat getting to walk through a submarine, a battleship and the replica of the HMS Endeavour and see how life on board of these three very different vessels must have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Janice L
Tuebingen, Germany

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Tuebingen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was really neat getting to walk through a submarine, a battleship and the replica of the HMS Endeavour and see how life on board of these three very different vessels must have been like. We also enjoyed the activities and information at the Action Stations exhibit. We sadly only gave the main part of the museum a cursory glance... More 

Thank Janice L
Berkeley, Australia
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My Partner and I found it to be very interesting with plenty to view and read and interact with, It will please any age. Out side you can see a replica of The Endeavor, war ships and a submarine. It is defiantly worth having a look.

Thank MarilynJuliCaru
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place to visit. A short ferry ride from Circular Quay and we were amongst a real destroyer, patrol boat, replica Endeavour and to top it off, a submarine! All these were accessible and it was fun to squeeze into and around them. Really interesting day. The museum was also a great place to visit. Only downside... More 

Thank WeLoveFood_13
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was funny, just before I went inside the submarine the curator asked me if I had ever been in one before, and for some reason I said yes. I must have been suffering from some form of Deja Vu because while I have some vague recollection of crawling around inside a submarine I have no idea where it was.... More 

Thank MrDavetheSarks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to come with the family and learn so much about our maritime history with a huge interactive section for children and young at heart adults

Thank Martha C
Perth, Australia
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the submarine and and two other boats which were fascinating. The museum itself was very well displayed with a lot of interaction. Excellent for people interested in maritime history

Thank 13gnome47
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well set out. Interesting and informative. Enjoyed it immensely even though not particularly interested in boats

Thank jacqueline815
Adelaide Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Entering the Maritime Museum itself is free, and while it is interesting for those who like history or boats, some people might not enjoy it as much as a paid ticket. Paying for a ticket gives you the Ultimate VIP Access, meaning that you get to climb aboard an actual warship, which, although it has been decommissioned longer than I... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A lot of people, especially families, get put-off as soon as they see the word ‘museum’ but I have to say, don’t let that happen with the Australian National Maritime Museum. This is truly fascinating place to visit with displays and exhibits that virtually anyone will find interesting. The nature of the museum is very immersive (pardon the water-based pun)... More 

Thank Adam W
Jersey, Channel Islands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are several layers to this place, admission is free if you wish to see the permanent exhibits, you pay for special exhibitions, when we visited it was the Horrible Histories pirates exhibition and it was $20 per adult and $12 per child for this (which was expensive for what was on offer), you also pay if you wish to... More 

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The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.