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Defence of Darwin Experience

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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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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5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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Reviewed September 17, 2016

Any person interested in history will love this place. It will educate you on how many times Darwin was bombed in the 1940's... aircon and outside exhibits will amaze you.

Thank myhome56
Reviewed September 16, 2016

This visit was very special to me as my Pop served in the RAAF based in Darwin in WW2. I never got to hear his story, so it is through my investigation of his defence records that I discovered his past. This museum is an...More

Thank Melinda M
Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Didn't expect the museum to be so informative, interesting and interactive. Very well done, involving visitors in the actual experience of being in Darwin during the bombing on 19th Feb 1942! Also like the external exhibitions and the fact that the old relics have been...More

Thank Jackie P
Reviewed September 12, 2016

I took my parents here when they were up from Adelaide (I hadn't been before either) and we absolutely loved it. My dad was in the Navy and also lived in Darwin as a kid. It was interesting hearing about how he would play in...More

Thank nomes19842015
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Gives a very good insight to the attacks on Darwin and their defence. Well laid out exhibit. good for the kids.

Thank Geoff H
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Was surprised how much I enjoyed this attraction. Not a war or history buff yet this place hooked me. The original items and displays were well placed and informative and the interactive presentation takes your breath away.

Thank DGW129
Reviewed September 11, 2016

Was good to see and hear stories from people that experienced the bombings, had a good selection of items to view, price also was not bad.

Thank brendon541
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

This museum is so very extensive!!! Quite a bit of time is required to view everything. By far the largest collection of this sort I have been to.

Thank PeacefulRee
Reviewed September 11, 2016

The main building here contains some impressive records of the history of the 1942 bombing of Darwin and other areas of the NT. The short video presentation is very well done and not to be missed - the start of the show is signaled with...More

Thank jrandsk
Reviewed September 11, 2016

great place honouring our war hero's & gives you an insight of the bombing of Darwin & how sad it was Very informative

Thank kerby1064
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February 18, 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
The Museum is approx. 15 kilometres from the wharf and as such too far to walk. Means of transport to the Museum are taxi or tour bus as there is no public transport to East Point
Barb E
January 20, 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
Hi The Museum is open from 10am to 3:30pm 7 days per week during the 'wet season' (now until 30th March)
July 30, 2016|
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Response from JvR-MvR | Reviewed this property |
You could take the hop-on, hop-off bus which goes right past the waterfront. You could also contact the museum. See details on their website: defenceofdarwin.nt.gov.au Hope this helps.