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Australian National Maritime Museum
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$16.36*
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Australian National Maritime Museum General Entry Ticket
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$1,545.88*
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Sydney Harbour Whale Watching Sightseeing Tour via Helicopter and Sailing Yacht
Ranked #26 of 487 things to do in Sydney
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Fee: Yes
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: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Better maritime museum in Fremantle. Initial charge gets you thru the door then extra charges for "special" displays and to look over the vessels.
When you consider the impact of ships and sailing upon the history of Sydney I would have expected much more. Initial display was of the American influence on whaling.

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Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic!! Highly recommended! Could hardly drag my husband away! The volunteers are everywhere and a wealth of knowledge. Very interesting and enjoyable

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

The most interesting part was visiting the ships moored in darling harbour. These include a square rigger that was salvaged and restored over 20 years. A lovely women volunteer gave me a tour which lasted about 20 minutes. A replica of the endeavour captains cook ship was excellent . It was a bit hit or with volunteers but once they started telling you about life on board it was very interesting. It was unbelievably cramped on board and they spent 3 years on board. There was also a navy destroyer and a submarine you could go on board. A bit disappointed that there were no volunteers to tell you about those ships but nevertheless interesting. The submarine was also very cramped.the museum itself wasn't that amazing .but would be good for navy people. There's a kids pirate area that the children seemed to be enjoying.overall I enjoyed the visit.

Thank PeterA338
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

The interior is disappointing - it's dark so captions are difficult to read and on the day I visited there was so much banging drilling and sawing going on, I could not hear any of the commentaries. Some of the content was very PC.

However, the external exhibits - the Endeavour replica, the Patrol Boat, the Destroyer and the Submarine are brilliant - allow plenty of time to see them properly

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Fantastic pieces of maritime history and naval relics. Take a whole day to look. Have restored ships such as submarine HMAS Onslow , Tall ship the James Craig to look over. excellent

Thank yibadah
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