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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
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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I found climbing over the various outside exhibits more interesting than the inside exhibits. Comfortable shoes for visiting the outside vessels a must.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I found climbing over the various outside exhibits more interesting than the inside exhibits. Comfortable shoes for visiting the outside vessels a must.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were walking around Sydney in tourist groups and we had The worst tour guide which they called Alan. Personnally I believe he should lose his job for attempting to make school students to join his own cult. We were told that it was illegal to have our phones turned on whilst walking around the streets of Sydney and if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We had a terrific time, just be mindful, The Endeavour can make you feel very claustrophobic and is not suitable for persons with mobility issues. The submarine, you also need to be able to bend a bit to get through the doorways, but it is, i found a lot less claustrophobic. The HMAS Vampire was my favourite for sure, very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We have spend good four hours in this museum and there was still so much to see but our kids/6&4/ were tired so we went home. It is a good idea to go there early and start with the ships and submarine. Be prepared for lots of climbing of stairs/kids have to be able to climb the stairs on their... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We came to the Maritime Museum after just flying into Sydney early one morning. It is a great Museum - lots of friendly guides with a wealth of information. We particularly enjoyed going into the sub, the destroyer and the sailing ship. Would be a great outing for school aged kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Located right on Darling Harbour, walking distance from the Novotel Hotel, the Australian National Maritime Museum is a real jewel- So much to see, you'll need at least half a day, but the best are the exact replica of Captain Cook's Endevour, the restored sailing ship James Craig, two battleships and a submarine- all of which can be boarded and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Located in Darling Harbour it's a must for tourists and locals alike especially the kids. Jam packed with exhibits of different themes, regularly changing visiting exhibits (currently Shackelton) it is such an interesting place to spend a few hours in. And you can explore a submarine or the reconstructed Endeavour and many other ships parked outside. You can even book... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

We have an armed forces obsessed young son so have been numerous times to this wonderful museum well located at Darling Harbour. Parking stations and public transport close at hand. Well priced considering you can spend many hours viewing the inside exhibits and exploring the various craft moored outside. Floor plan is well laid out over a few floors allowing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Even if you are not enthralled by matters maritime, this is a museum well worth visiting. As well as a whole series of exhibits on how people arrived in Australia (check out the 1950/1960s Big Brother scheme to attract teenage Brit males - no females! - to emigrate free of charge, with guaranteed employment), the temporary exhibitions are always great.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

It was a great adventure to go onto the boats and then down into the submarine. Would highly recommend it for young adults/older children. The guides and historians along the way were a wealth of information.

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