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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 love history I love to be able to touch it and explore in it. Not read the placards. Here you can climb ladders, scale ropes, walk decks, play with big guns and duck your head... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Wallaroo, Australia
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Wallaroo, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I love history I love to be able to touch it and explore in it. Not read the placards. Here you can climb ladders, scale ropes, walk decks, play with big guns and duck your head roaming thru sailors cabins. This is my kind of historical adventure. Even climbed to the top of the lighthouse to capture the wharf view... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

My grandsons love this place and they are very interested in all the ships. We spent several hours just wandering from one to another.

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Scarborough, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We started our museum visit with a tour of the Endeavour replica then the Vampire post-WW2 warship and the contrast between living quarters, galley and every other component of the ships while expected was dramatically observed with near full access to both ships. The volunteer guides on both ships are brilliant and enhance the experience ten-fold. The exhibitions inside the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The museum will keep you busy with lots of exhibits but to be able to walk aboard the submarine, the replica of the Endeavour and the HMAS Destroyer is memorable. The volunteers are knowledgeable and a great source of information. A great place to spend the day visiting Sydney.

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Aldona, India
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A very educative place and despite spending an entire day we could not complete it. The museum is wheel chair accessible, but the ships are not. There are lots of exhibits, covering everything from naval warfare to water sports. There is a special section dedicated to the Emden- which was a surprising delight. The submarine was a very learning experience,... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We toured the outside displaces, ( boat the kids can walk all over) and guides to talk about the history. The inside had great displaces of history and knowledge about Australia. It is also air conditioned. There was a hands on area that the adults really liked as well. It was a great place first day after a long plane... More 

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I collect elongated coins (otherwise known as smashed pennies.) When we travel, I look for places that have machines that press pennies into shapes associated with the spot the machine is located. The gift shop (right off the main entrance to the museum) has several of this machines and one of the guys who works in the gift shop was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Wide variety of maritime interest. The main displays are in the harbour. Submarine, warship from the 1970's, a rigged ship and a lighthouse. All staffed by local volunteers who are more than happy to share their knowledge of the displays. This will take you about 2-3hours to tour. There are also a number of smaller boats with interesting stories. Inside... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This museum and the volunteers who provided informative talks was absolutely the best. We had planned to go for a couple of hours, but stayed for four hours and could have easily stayed for another four. We toured all three ships first, if you go with a docent for the tour you get to see much more of the ship,... More 

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Very interesting exhibits in a wonderful setting. The large outdoor ships and the submarine are worth the extra charge, given that you can spend all day here, but if you want to see them all, you really need to go as soon as it opens. The frigate had closed for the day by the time we arrived, about 1 and... More 

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