Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Australian National Maritime Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We share stories of the sea. Visit us in Darling Harbour to explore tall ships and beautiful boats, dive under the sea on a submarine, discover contemporary exhibitions and enjoy creative family activities.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $19.54
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Wynyard • 10 min walk
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4.5
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JetJones
Jervis Bay, Australia67 contributions
Definitely worth a quick visit.
Amazing ships, not amazing but not too bad inside, great physical resources on the harbour but not an incredible interactive experience, volunteers are friendly and helpful, definitely worth a visit but probably not a second visit. Overall a great activity to kill an hour.
Written June 16, 2021
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Shane T
Sydney, Australia720 contributions
Only walked on ships
We were pushed for time so only walked in the navy ship and the endevour. Both kids loved and didn’t stop asking questions. The submarine unfortunately was booked out so couldn’t go on that.
Written June 15, 2021
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Emanpee
Sydney, Australia2,574 contributions
Plenty to see
Jun 2021
We did the see it all ticket to include the wonderful National Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. But we really did it for the ships and maritime history. So much to see. With coffee break and quick lunch, and not doing everything, spent nearly 5 hours fully occupied. The extra $8 to do the submarine tour is worth it and is well organised. Self guided over HMAS Vampire and sail ship Duyfken are most interesting. The museum is very well arranged. While not maritime enthusiasts, there was a myriad of very absorbing displays and information. Well worth a visit while in Sydney if not time poor!
Written June 4, 2021
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia1,967 contributions
ANOTHER INNER SYDNEY TIME BANDIT.
May 2021
Listen up – I’m no museum nerd – my idea of a good time is to laze at a warm beach or in a scenic cafe/bar, beer in hand watching the passing parade But somehow time got stolen in my visit to the Maritime Museum - like the nearby ROCKS historical area I originally allocated and hour or so on my dance card for this attraction – despite limiting myself to the FREE displays in the museum building itself (an Olympic-class cheapskate**, I didn’t spend any time on the PAID ship visits), I ended up staying over thrice that.

The distinctive modernist building at the north west end of the pedestrianised PYRMONT BRIDGE (look for the warships alongside piers outside) is divided into half a dozen or so large galleries. Each has a different Australian nautical theme like EARLY EUROPEAN NAVIGATORS to the region and SETTLEMENT BY SEA, even earlier INDIGENOUS SEAFARERS (both Australian native and nearby Pacific islanders), SEABOARD LEISURE, the NAVAL DEFENCE OF THE NATION etc. A separate gallery during our visit displayed entries in a sea-themed photography contest – this was excellent. Displays are renewed in this gallery.

Paid ship displays outside included a retired Australian navy destroyer and submarine, a replica of Cook’s ENDEAVOUR and several smaller craft not open for touring.

TIPS – we found extensive ticket lines on entry, most of these people wanting paid tickets for the ships on display outside. An usher told us to see the gentleman seated around the corner of the counter furthest from the door who apparently caters for those wanting a free entry permit – museum only. He had no lines. Apparently it is a good idea to pre-book free visits. We didn’t know and had little trouble getting in on a busy holiday weekend.
- for a quick ferry trip back to CIRCULAR QUAY, the PYRMONT BAY stop is only 200m north of the exit. Nearest LIGHT RAIL is at the CONVENTION CENTRE TRAM STOP a short distance south on the other dide of the bridge, nearest heavy rail is at the TOWN HALL CITY CIRCLE RAIL STATION back across the pedestrianised PYRMONT BRIDGE a little over 1km east. There are plenty of nearby PARKING GARAGES although these could get crowded at peak times – DARLING HARBOUR is a popular place.
- this western DARLING HARBOUR precinct has a lot of attractions including the HARBOURSIDE SHOPPING MALL, the CONVENTION CENTRE, the STAR CITY CASINO, lotsa restaurants/cafes/fast food, lotsa hotels and much more.
It’s a quick walk across the PYRMONT BRIDGE to the waterside cafes, bars and all the visitor attractions like the AQUARIUM of EASTERN DARLING HARBOUR.

**My mate WADDO down the pub, when he throws the lever to INTELLECTUAL, reckons there are few things better than a maritime museum. I think his judgment might be swayed by 20 years spent as a stoker on one of our coastal colliers, itself an historical museum piece. One thing better in his humble opinion is a FREE maritime museum. I tend to agree but I would put lap dancers in the “few things better” category too, although I think a search for “FREE LAP DANCERS” on TRIPADVISOR would probably yield nada.
Written May 20, 2021
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Simon-from-Adelaide
Melbourne, Australia191 contributions
Disappointing
Apr 2021
Was in Sydney with my teenage daughters and had a few hours to kill so went to the Maritime museum, mainly to see the Vampire and the Onslo and other ships outside. Was disappointed to find that, having paid full price to get in, some of the exhibits were closed and/or unavailable. Also learned we would have to pay a further $8 each to go onto the Onslo (something that was included in the admission price last time I was here), and book in to a set time to go on-board, something that was impractical for us as earliest time was 4 hours from our arrival. Wandered through the Vampire (interesting as always) and then went to look through the indoor exhibits only to find that many of the interactive parts of them were also closed! We ended up leaving after about an hour quite disappointed.
Written April 21, 2021
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T_GC
Brisbane, Australia71 contributions
So much better than expected. Ignore the negative reviews and take a visit. 5/5
Apr 2021 • Family
We paid the family fee ($65 2a 3c + the $8 sub fee) and arrived on a Tues with pretty modest expectations. And we were so blown away.

The volunteers at the vessels were so friendly, welcoming and patient. They catered to our 9yr olds questions and 16yr old saltyness 🥴

Loved the sub tour, and the guides on all spots were so engaging we spent a lot longer than expected.

A super plus was the exhibitions inside (included) such as wildlife photographer of year etc

Written April 20, 2021
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jacqui5253
Adelaide, Australia55 contributions
Poor
Apr 2021
paying the admission fee was no problem discount for Veterans and Pensioners. Thought $15 was a bit much for a child, Thought that was the price including a visit to the Onslow and Vampire. NO only the top deck of the Vampire. . We had to pay a extra $8 per person for the tour on the Onslow, Supposed to be because of Covid, Yet last time we went it was free included in the admission price, The tour lasted a few minutes , Worth $8 no. Won't be taking any visitors to see it,
Written April 17, 2021
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Kevin M
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
Kevin Mander
In and out in 10 mins.
What a Complete waste of 4 × $31 each.
How they can charge this amount and give sooooo little back is beyond me.
The general museum is 10x better and free.
Brisbane just has No idea how to present value for money or a decent exhibition.
If the Sydney exhibition was this bad then I dont see why it bothered coming to Brisbane.....or was it downsized for Brisbane.
DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY....IF YOU DO.
I TOLD YOU NOT TO.

Written January 6, 2021
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kurti5
United Kingdom1,099 contributions
First time on a submarine
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited the Australian National Maritime Museum with our Sydney Explorer Pass. Some of the highlights from our visit were getting to explore the submarine (HMAS Onslow) the destroyer (HMAS Vampire) and James Cook’s ship (HMB Endeavour). It was also really informative to talk to the guides, especially the guide we spoke to on HMB Endeavour, his knowledge was fascinating and he provided answers not only regarding the ship but also to questions I had of Australia as a country. I highly recommend a visit here.
Written November 30, 2020
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Karen G
64 contributions
Family Day Out
Highlight the Sea Monsters exhibition, Photography Section, Gift shop and Boarding the Tallship Endeavour and HMAS Vampire.
Written October 4, 2020
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