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Australian National Maritime Museum

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Address: 2 Murray St | Darling Harbour, Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9298 3777
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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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, you'll find tall ships, Navy vessels, a submarine, beautifully restored historic boats, fascinating temporary and travelling exhibitions and fun-filled activities for the kids. The museum houses the National Maritime Collection, which 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. Visiting the Action Stations exhibition is a must for an immersive museum experience like no other, where you can explore that danger and drama of Navy life at sea.

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Excellent Maritime Museum

We visited the Australian Maritime Museum as part of a planned day's outing to various attractions within Darling Harbour. The museum has lots to see and do if you enjoy maritime... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Australian Maritime Museum as part of a planned day's outing to various attractions within Darling Harbour. The museum has lots to see and do if you enjoy maritime history, etc. otherwise could get boring for kids if you do not include the tours of the ships and submarine located outside the museum itself. We thoroughly enjoyed touring... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I only visited the free part of this museum and found it uninteresting, probably my fault. I have already visited a submarine and a battle ship, so the extra cost was not worth it for me.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

having been to the museum before. my husband was looking forward to going on the patrol boat. When he got there he found out that it was now included on the big ticket tour. Had a look around the museum and was very disappointed with it. Said that our local (Adelaide ) was better.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fascinating place this museum is and so worthwhile to visit whether you are a local or an overseas visitor. We only managed to visit the outside exhibits including the Endeavour replica, the submarine and HMAS Vampire. Throughout the vessels there are enthusiast guides who will give you lots of information. A Sydney must.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was an interesting museum where you can go on board ships from different eras including a destroyer and submarine. The museum volunteers are very nice and helpful and some have actually served in the Navy on the ship itself and can tell you engaging stories about their naval adventures. We quite liked the 8-minute movie as an introduction before... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is free and the only fees are if you wish to board the many vessels, including a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavor.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't actually buy a ticket to go inside. However, I had a great time walking around outside where you can trip past all the boats and even a submarine. I got lots of great photos.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the museum I visited the submarine and the James Cook replica ship. Both were very on interesting and some friendly guides explained details. Will come again to see the other exhibits which I did not have the time for this time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To expensive @ $30/person to vist, however, the ancient (1700-1800's) beautiful ships (a sub too) in Darling Harbour are free to take pictures of. Don't skip it, they are very nice. The museum is next to a mall w/ more restaurants (& food court) than shops. Don't miss the walking bridge (leading to Queen Vic Bldg) above the museum which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best museum in Sydney. My husband, wanted to go but i wasn't sure. We really enjoyed it, so many ships to see. The volunteer guides were also very helpful and informative. A tip would be to have a half day here, lots to see. There is a ferry terminal very close to the museum.

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Darling Harbour
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.
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