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Defence of Darwin Experience

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Address: 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
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+61 8 8981 9702
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The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on...

The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government.

It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history.

The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'.

The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe.

The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more.

The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory.

The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII.

Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities.

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The short video is the highlight

Excellent and informative museum, highlight is the short video about the bombings with local personal accounts at that time . Recommend to anyone

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent and informative museum, highlight is the short video about the bombings with local personal accounts at that time . Recommend to anyone

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The highlight is the video presentation of the bombing raids I've Darwin but it also had a huge range of old guns, vehicles and uniforms all scattered over the actual grounds. A great few hours here.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't recall learning about the Darwin war experience in school. Highly informative and great interactive displays. The connected museum was a good display of equipment, weapons and stories. Recommended!

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Thank Tamara T
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

An excellent place well worth a visit. At first the facility looks quite empty and un appealing however almost all the displays are holographic or virtual. The virtual reality in particular was an amazing way to "experience" Darwin. Would highly recommend.

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Thank David B
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellently laid out museum with inside multi-media and outside large object displays that give realistic portrayal of WWII Darwin and its key role in starting Allied effort to defeat Imperial Japan

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Nethercote, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the best things we did in Darwin. Ok, our parents fought in WWII so we were already keen. But even if you have no military connections, this is unbelievably worthwhile. The new exhibit with amazing theatre experience was a great scene-setter. It runs every 20 minutes and is not to be missed. The galleries with their... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent military museum well set out and informative had a great outdoor attraction with various defence info from the wars one section museum is airconditioned souvenirs available small takeaway

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Thank Pamela M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had not been here since the upgrade. The upgrade is fantastic. Very informative, interactive in parts as well. The collection, for the size of the venue, is amazing. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Vasi D
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It took us nearly 2 hours to look aroynd here. There is so many fascinating displays and the collections are the original items. From vehicles used by soldiers, bombs, letters from soldiers and so so much more. Definitely a must see and humbling

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting display and if you are new to VR, very wow! Models of planes and lots of audio visual displays.

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