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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
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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
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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, explore that danger and drama of Navy life inside Action Stations - a museum experience like no other. You'll find tall ships, Navy vessels, a submarine and beautifully restored historic boats, lively exhibitions and heaps of activities for the kids. 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. 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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Great history of maritime from captain cook, United States of America,British ships and Australia free entry but if you want to walk on to ship you pay extra

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Kallangur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great history of maritime from captain cook, United States of America,British ships and Australia free entry but if you want to walk on to ship you pay extra

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place should be renamed "Exhibition" instead of "Museum". There are several ships that you can actually get on and explore at the ANMS. There is a replica of the HMS Endeavour which showed how tough life must have been for sailors in the age of sail. It is very cramped and has a very low ceiling below the top... More 

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family and I spent a whole afternoon at the Maritime Museum and we had lots of fun. I loved the temporary exhibit on loan from Greenwich on the quest for longitude. My kids especially loved the boats and submarine that we could explore.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good for a family trip I would recommend for school trips or school holidays. I did visit this by myself so it's good for solo travellers too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having toured the ANMM previously, this visit was just to see the exhibition of the photographs selected from entries in the World Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It did not disappoint! However, it was a pity that the on-screen "visitors' choice" photos (from where?) were not actually all on display. And there were Visitor Voting terminals, but again, all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent place to take the kids. You can clamber over a submarine or a destroyer. Australia II is proudly displayed, for those that don't know she is the boat that wrenched the America's Cup out of the hands of the NY Yacht Club.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Popped in when we had an hour spare and it was great. Kids were very impressed with the helicopter suspended above their heads and the 'submarine' inside. Great level of things to look at for free. Will happily pay the $75 for the four of us to go into the ships in the harbour next time we're in Sydney.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We only had a couple of hours so didn't get to look at everything but managed to spend time on both the submarine Onslow and the Destroyer Vampire. Both ships were manned by volunteers who were very knowledgeable. Terry, who gave us a tour of the Vampire had served on both so was able to impart several of his personal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Catch Darling Harbour ferry from Circular quay & get of at the Maritime Museum stop walk around & check out all the wonderful ships , go aboard the submarine great way to spend a couple of hours

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my youngest son to Sydney for a few days. This was my choice for an activity and he absolutely loved it. The chance to walk through five different ships was fantastic. The volunteers were all very friendly and spent time explaining things in a way that both he (8 y/o) as well as me enjoyed.

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Staying in Darling Harbour

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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.