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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 #34 of 293 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 young children, Activities for older children
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Perth
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We took the kids (2 & 11) to see the Dinasour Exhibit. They totally loved it. Staff were helpful and friendly. Well set out and plenty to do for all ages

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Australian National Maritime museum is a fantasic museum dedicated to Australia's maritime history from Aboriginal and first European exploration right through to our modern naval exploits and beach culture. The museum has amassed a treasure trove of artifacts and most of the museum is free to visit. Much of the value, however, in visiting is the ability for a... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We had not planned to do the Maritime and did so only at the instance of our four year old who had spied the battle ship and wanted to tour it. The museum is amazing! You can tour multiple ships including the jaw-dropping replica of Captain Cook's ship. We were there over school holiday and there was a 'circus' going... More

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Wonderful static displays of the sea history of Australia - exploration, industry (whaling/ sealing, etc.) and defence. But absolutely amazing to explore through the actual vessels moored at the wharf. Nuclear submarine! Clipper! WWII Commando vessel - the Krait and these aren't replicas - they're the real thing. Have visiting displays all the time so check out their website for... More

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

On our final day in Sydney with afternoon flights, we decided to 'kill time' in a museum. The museum was really nice, but we found that the sections on whales was spread all around in between information on the Australian Navy. The ships that were docked for tours were pretty interesting. All in all, it made for a nice visit... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This museum consists of a number of different ships as well as the principal building. It gives a comprehensive account of the story of European exploration, as well as an excellent account of the history of the Royal Australian Navy. There were other sections which we simply didn't have time to visit, but were presumably just as good. The warships... More

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Sunshine Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The volunteers on the ships were so knowledgeable and helpful. Our kids (10 and 13) really enjoyed the ships and the museum. Being ex Navy my Husband played tour guide on HMAS Vampire which gave our kids a better understanding of what Dad used to do in the Navy. We spent 3 hours at the Museum but could have easily... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Kids had a blast watching the live show, climbing the boats and submarine. Recommend this for school holiday activity.

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Warrnambool, Australia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I visited the Museum in the afternoon and only allowed myself 3 hours to visit. I used this time to go onto the 4 ships open for inspection (HMS Endeavour replica, Submarine HMAS Onslow, Destroyer HMAS Vampire and the Sea Shepherd boat MY Sam Simon). Unfortunately as a result I didn't get inside to the displays which was a great... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The ability to go aboard the naval ships and see how the sailors lived is amazing. The museum has plenty to see and do for all ages and the ability to look up when your family migrated to Australia is a bonus. Take your time and soak it all in as you will want to see everything.

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