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“Good ships, mediocre displays”

Australian National Maritime Museum
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Sydney Harbour Whale Watching Sightseeing Tour via Helicopter and Sailing Yacht
Ranked #26 of 485 things to do in Sydney
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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, you'll find tall ships, Navy vessels, a submarine, beautifully restored historic boats, fascinating temporary and travelling exhibitions and fun-filled activities for the kids. The museum houses the National Maritime Collection, which 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. Visiting the Action Stations exhibition is a must for an immersive museum experience like no other, where you can explore that danger and drama of Navy life at sea.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We paid the extra money to visit the sub, destroyer, and the Endeavor. It was stiff but worth it, especially on the replica of the Endeavor. It has, itself, been sailed around the world so its fittings genuinely suggest the nature of Cook's trips aboard it. You'll be amazed at what the crew put up with! (And not that greatly improved 300 years later, if the destroyer is a hint.) The volunteers must be commended, too. They are all very well informed and enthusiastic. If you're interested, they're delighted to tell you everything. As for the museum proper, you can skip it although, at $7, it's one of the more reasonable attractions in Sydney.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I brought Miss 2 here about 18 months ago to have a look through the Museum, and vowed to bring her back when she was a stronger walker (while being 3 feet tall at 18 months, they wouldn't let me take her on the ships until she was walking REALLY well). So we remembered about five months ago, and Miss 3 and I went to checkout the Vampire. ON the way out, I upgraded my day ticket to years membership, and we've now been back four times! And Today we're going back again to do the lighthouse tour (We meant to check it out last month, but didn't realise you could only see it with a tour!).

VERY worth the money - I love checking out the old technology, and Miss 3 loves climbing everything!

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We visited this museum to see the Titanic exhibit - which was great. Because we were short on time, we did not tour the ships in the water (an additional ticket cost) - but did walk up to them and see them from outside.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The displays are superb, imaginatively and sympathetically presented and range from models to authentic warships, including a submarine and some iconic yachts that featured Australian sailing prowess. As Australia is an island continent, sailing has been a vital ingredient in our developement and the sea is our best friend - and sometimes our worst enemy.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We went to the Maritime Museum around 14.00. It was not enough time to see the museum and go see the boats in the harbour, The museum itself was brilliant, all things that you would expect then we went outside.

First we visited a replica of the Endeavour, that took us 2 hours to get around. I don't know how the sailors survived in those days with the cramped conditions etc. OK for the Officers though. People are there on hand in each place to give you information and answer questions along the way. Definitely worth the time we could have spent longer.

By now it was getting late in the afternoon and we found that we could not see the Vampire and the Onslow so we went indoors and asked the ladies if we could come back the next day and finish off our visit. They said yes and they said we would not have to pay twice which was good of them.

We came back the next day and went round the Vampire with a self guided tour and went into the submarine the Onslow. All along the way there were people giving talks about what was what and to answer questions.

All in all I would say that if you haven't been on a submarine go, see the Endeavour and the Vampire but go early or be prepared to go back the next day. It does cost more money to go round the boats but it is well worth paying.

Thank Pegasus65
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