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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
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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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So much to see and learn!

This is a wonderful place. It's free too unless you want to see the special exhibits. There are volunteers there who will explain everything and a cafe when you want a snack. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Judy K
Gold Coast, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful place. It's free too unless you want to see the special exhibits. There are volunteers there who will explain everything and a cafe when you want a snack. The number of boats they have is astounding. It is a real credit to those who have contributed and compiled the exhibits. A really world class place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a Wednesday and the exhibits and ships were wide open and free of other patrons. We opted for the full package which allowed access to the lighthouse, submarine and assorted ships. The HMS Endeavor was especially enjoyable and the volunteer guides aboard the ship were outstanding. The American Gallery inside the museum proper was well done and worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent a few hours walking around inside the museum and it was free too. Our children loved it and my husband came back the next day with our two boys and spent hours walking through all the ships and was worth the money. Very friendly staff and volunteers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A gem located in Sydney's Darling Harbour, a short walk from CBD and accessible by various modes of public transport, train, bus, ferry, light rail. A dynamic museum with ever changing displays and permanent ships moored including a copy of Captain Cook's Endeavour. Helpful friendly volunteers. Great cafe and adjacent to Darling Harbour precinct and all its amenities. Cannot praise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Part of the Darling Harbour attractions, this is great place to spend a cold October morning, wandering through the museum and taking in the maritime history, from before Captain Cook to the present. Lots of amazing and interesting exhibits about the indigenous Australians, the arrival of the Europeans, to the vast number of immigrants. The stories about how various people... More 

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Highfields, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent nearly a whole day here. Buy the big ticket which allows access to all museums and exhibits. You have to check your backpack, however handbags seem to be allowed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do yourself a favour and take a guided tour of the ships, there is so much to see and an experienced guide really helped. Inside wasn't as impressive as the ships.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this as part of our day out to Darling Harbour, unfortunately arrived just in time to see some of the exhibitions as ships. Great experience for anyone into maritime, really enjoyed it. Only slight disappointment was there was a lot on the ships and subs that was out of bounds. We only had chance to see some of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not take the time to explore this place fully but we did see the ships in detail. It was a great tour of the O class submarine and the destroyer. Not sure what is actually available to see inside the building. Maybe next time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice museum with good info about the discovery and exploration of Australia. Easy walk from Darling Harbor. I was thrilled to see the "Spirit of Australia" on display because I had seen a documentary on this boat breaking the water-speed record. Visit will last less than an hour if you do not go on the boats.

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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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