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  • trainbloke
    Stanthorpe, Australia25 contributions
    We visited this excellent museum on one of the few days that it is currently open (due to Covid restrictions) and I was very impressed indeed! I took my three year old grandson and he had an absolute ball! Kids are encouraged to get into the driver's seat of some of the buses and this totally made his day! The volunteer staff were all very friendly and welcoming. As a died-in-the-wool transport fanatic I loved seeing all the different well-restored buses and the huge collection of relevant memorabilia, and I would have spent longer there if that had been possible. The gift shop is also really excellent, it's probably a good thing that I didn't have more time there!

    After about an hour in the museum we were welcomed onto one of the two well-restored double-decker buses for a really interesting ride to the other side of the Parramatta river, and my grandson loved this too, sitting at the front of the top deck.

    We had a fantastic time and I highly recommend a visit to this museum. I am looking forward to returning one day when I can spend more time there. The highlights were the friendly volunteers and the kid-friendliness of it all!
    Written May 16, 2021
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  • blackeldo
    Kiama, Australia2,171 contributions
    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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  • Birt1964
    Melbourne, Australia2,178 contributions
    Great way to spend some time on a rainy day. Beautiful selection of Australian painters including Streeton, Roberts & Bunny. Very helpful team to guide visitors. Highly recommend.
    Written March 27, 2022
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  • sharyn
    4 contributions
    A great space and good turnover of artists and exhibitions. Good to be able to speak to the makers as they are usually present at the gallery.
    Written July 2, 2019
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  • empress_cherry
    Canberra, Australia627 contributions
    I really enjoyed the wide variety of exhibitions, I could have stayed for hours if I'd had the time!
    I went to see the Korean Buddhist sculptures, the clay artworks and the fashion photos, all were great and would interest any art lover. But my favourite exhibition ended up being the tiny cars, which I think would interest everyone.
    This museum is probably mostly of interest to design lovers, but I think it's worth a look for everyone, particularly given that it's free (I'm not sure if it always has been?).
    The only think I really don't like about this place is that getting here is harder than it looks - the main entrance is at the top of a steep hill, I don't know why they won't open the back entrance which is at the bottom of the hill and closer to the light rail stop!
    Written March 21, 2022
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  • AndyJohn74
    Sans Souci, Australia1,990 contributions
    I did the tour today with the Corps of Guides at Victoria Barracks. An informative tour around the grounds and pointed out some historical parts not often seen. There are guns on display from the earliest dates of settlement after the First Fleet arrived. The well is an interesting part of the history, with the depth at roughly 60 feet. There are not many military establishments that have heritage listed graffiti.
    As previous posts have mentioned, tours are available, generally on a Thursday or a weekend. There are just some hoops to jump through.
    Written February 10, 2022
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  • grant1952
    Wishaw, UK26 contributions
    Six of us did the night tour which we all enjoyed. We had a good look around all the displays and exhibits on display which was very interesting before we did the tour with guide. The guide was very informative and we each had a look through two of the telescopes where we managed to see Venus. We were unfortunate as it was a cloudy night but we still enjoyed it.
    Written March 30, 2020
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  • Michelle P
    Sydney, Australia30 contributions
    Loved visiting this gallery in Sydney, they show a large range of artist from emerging to established and have a great stockroom as well.
    Written July 6, 2018
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  • Reconnoiterer
    Sydney, Australia275 contributions
    Thank goodness for people who are willing and able to restore our short supply of heritage buildings. Went to an art exhibition here and the atmosphere is lovely. One can imagine it as a family home more than a century ago.
    Written January 1, 2016
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  • Solveig51
    6 contributions
    This museum is by far one of the best I have visited. The audio guided tour is informative and clear, the displays visual and inventive. The fact that you don't need to read poster after poster makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Highly recommended.
    Written June 20, 2021
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  • beanandeasy
    Falls Creek, Australia186 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit, the wax figures are incredible. Some were more real looking than others but amazing.
    Written February 18, 2022
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  • WindLover2001
    Sydney, Australia78 contributions
    Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is a private gallery that regularly shows new works by a diverse range of artists. Before you go you can check their website to see what's on (or alternatively just rock up and see what you think!) I have seen some great shows in this space. If you've interest in art Roslyn Oxley9 is a good place to have on your itinerary.
    Written February 11, 2017
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  • Wallaby07
    Cowra, Australia66 contributions
    This was a bucket list item of my daughters and we will most definitely be back again as there was so much to take in.
    We were lucky enough to be in a test session for the survivors question holograms and they will be a valuable addition once complete as you really felt like you were sitting sharing experiences with a survivor.
    The experience was emotional and at times overwhelming but I am so much richer for having been here.
    Written January 25, 2022
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  • Karen8802
    Sapporo, Japan30 contributions
    Was impressed with what has been done to improve the museum and the displays were very good. However, what let’s this wonderful museum down is the cafe. I can understand why it wasn’t busy. The food is overpriced and very limited. I bought my 5 year grandson a vegemite sandwich as that was the only thing he found to eat there. The sandwich was appalling. How could you mess up a sandwich ??( it was 2 tiny fingers) as simple as this? The answer- using stale bread and bread about 2 mm thick. I complained and was told that they were made fresh that morning- not true.They offered to refund the$4 . The museum deserves a better cafe than this!,
    Written May 2, 2022
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  • andrewski B
    1 contribution
    i have been many times and there are some of australias best artists on the walls, not every artist is going to please everyone but its not hard to have a look
    Written July 22, 2019
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