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Australian National Maritime Museum

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Address: 2 Murray Street | 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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Fun for all ages and fantastic value

You can easily spend a whole day here. We visited with our 12 and 21 year old sons and everyone had a great time. Get the Big Ticket...i doubt there is a better value tourist... read more

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

Our visit was mainly to see the Ships, Clocks and Stars exhibit which was excellent and worth the trip by itself. It is on until the 30th October. The whole museum is not actually very big and there are quite a lot of things geared towards kids so adults can probably see everything without the kids getting bored. One thing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Located in the Darling harbour of Sydney, the Australian National Maritime museum at Murray street, displays various kinds of coastal,baval and cultural themes with tall ships,submarines,sea artifacts and exhibitions.a shortwalk fron the city centre and Chinatown it is opened from 9:30 till 5 pm daily.

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can easily spend a whole day here. We visited with our 12 and 21 year old sons and everyone had a great time. Get the Big Ticket...i doubt there is a better value tourist attraction in sydney. We got 20% off from a voucher in one of the tourist books in our hotel lobby so was about $80 for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love going to the Maritime Museum. We've been so many times and enjoy visiting our favourite displays but each time we find something new. One of our highlights is Kay Cottee's yacht "Blackmores First Lady". The display details her solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world in 1988. She was the first woman to do this. You can... More 

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Golden Grove, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We certainly underestimated the time we needed. Could have done 5 hours here. We bought a BigTicket that gave us entry to all boats and museum. We boarded the HMAS Vampire first. Much to see there. Then we went on the HMAS Onslow which last saw active duty in 1999. (It never was required to fire any torpedoes). Be prepared... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great view of the city from lighthouse. The museum is over several levels with both stairs & ramps. If you go on board the ship & sub just remember to duck your head going through the little doorways.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best part was to hear all the explanations on the different vessels, offered by knowledgable personnel who actually worked/travelled on them.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Darling Harbour is a must. The Museum is great. Very hands on for all ages. Seeing old and new bought together, Very well presented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Maritime Museum is comprised of two basic parts. The boats outside and the museum exhibits inside. The inside portion feels like a regular museum except that the story behind the ocean is told from the perspective of an Australian. I especially appreciated the exhibits that focused on more than the military's use although most of the exhibits were military... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. With a family of four children 2-8yo the Maritime Museum kept them occupied for nearly four hours - the submarine and destroyer a definite must - well designed quality exhibits. Well worth a visit!!!

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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.