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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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Afternoon relax

I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere walking the docks and just being around the waterfront at Darling Harbour. Great exhibitions on Australian Maritime life Well worth the visit for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere walking the docks and just being around the waterfront at Darling Harbour. Great exhibitions on Australian Maritime life Well worth the visit for Local & tourist

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting museum to say the least. Being able to go out on the ships and submarine is also very cool and the guys manning the sub have a lot of detailed experience. Only downside is it is rather expensive.

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Thank Mat410
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

though this is a free museum to go around i would suggest paying to get onto the ships. the submarine is a great little exhibit as is the destroyer. a great way to spend 2 to 3 hours.

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Spring Lake, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Maritime Museum is a great place to stop and see some of the history of Australia. The tours of the ships were the highlight of our trip. We went through the HMAS Onslow (submarine), the HMAS Vampire (destroyer), and the James Cook's HMB Endeavor (what I called the pirate ship). The museum was also doing a swimsuit through the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An interesting museum with a great shop. The ships cost extra but that allows you the option of a free visit or doing the warships too. The hop on hop off bus stops just up the hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was such a fantastic time Great few hours spent in places where one would never go Definitely worth the time for all to visit Ensure you do allow a few hours so you don't cut it short Very very enjoyable

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb day trip, got to walk around a destroyer and in a submarine, up a light house and the best part, a tour around a replica of Captain Cooks Ship, The Endeavour. very interesting for the whole family and a good insight into life on ships and submarines. The staff are mainly volunteers, some with first hand experiences of war.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must do if only to see and walk on the 4 ships and submarine. James Craig ship amazing, Endeavour replica amazing, naval ships fantastic. Get there early so as to avoid any crowds and get the best out of the wonderful and very knowledgeable guides on the vessels. Having said that, thought the museum itself inside was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Go and see where we have been in our Maritime History. Walk through an ex-Australian Navy submarine and warship. There are some great examples of timber boats and plenty of facts for the info-nerds like me out there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had been told by a friend to visit the International Photographic display so we decided to go while we were in Sydney. There had been 42,000 entries from around the world with the 100 finalists veins displayed. The photographs or should I say really pieces of art were fabulous. Our ticket also enabled us to take a look at... More 

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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.