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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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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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Loved the Endeavor, the Vampire, and the Onslow. Doscents were especially terrific. You can see they love being aboard the ships and that they know a lot about them. There were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Loved the Endeavor, the Vampire, and the Onslow. Doscents were especially terrific. You can see they love being aboard the ships and that they know a lot about them. There were many exhibits to see in the museum and we ran out of time before seeing all of them or the lighthouse, but the stars for us were the ships,... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We bought tickets using the vouchers in the tourist booklet from our hotel and got a decent discount (20%). As it was rainy (and we have been a few times before) we spent most of the time inside in the galleries. Since we arrived at about 3pm, they told us we would be able to return the following day if... More 

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Shellharbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We spent hours here going through all the exhibits inside and out. The fleet dept. do a fantastic job keeping the floating exhibits in great condition and the volunteers were only to happy to tell a history or personal story on maritime life. We had morning tea at Yots Cafe on the wharf and bought some books at the Musuem... More 

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Brisbne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We purchased a Big Ticket ($27 per adult) which allowed us entry into all the ships and exhibits. The volunteers on the ships were very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions you had. The HMAS Vampire (Destroyer) and the HMAS Onslow (Sub) were the highlights for me. The galleries were interesting too but the ships take the cake.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited the maritime museum and also bought a combined ticket for the submarine and Tall Ships. We expected to be there for a couple of hours but actually ended up there for most of the day. The boys really enjoyed the battleship, submarine and the replica tall ships, and the guides were knowledgeable and engaging (you can tour without... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

submarine cooks ship replica ... the destroyer ... excellent commentary ... excellent maintenance ..giving a good account of life at sea .... wonderful volunteers ... takes about three hours to do justice ... also the lynx helicopter ... pretty exciting stuff ,.... best museum in australia

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

As per the title, the Maritime Museum showcases plenty of Australia's Maritime history. The docked vessels do swap out every now and then providing a variety of different vessels to step on to. It's not particularly busy so if you're keen on the Navy, keen on History, or just keen to learn a little about Australia's past I'd recommend a... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I was very pleased with the quality and diversity of the exhibits. If special interest was the boat that took the first woman on a solo trip around the globe. The descriptions about her journey were quite impressive.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Having not been for some years there was plenty to see and experience especially the Vampire destroyer, Onslow submarine and Endeavour replica. Try and time it so you can go up the lighthouse too. The Shackleton exhibition is extensive.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Enjoyed visiting the Sydney Maritime Museum, it has some excellent exhibitions and as an amateur photographers lots of interesting things to capture. Had fun exploring the submarine and destroyer as well as checked out other exhibitions.

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