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Australian National Maritime Museum
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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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Such a wonderful place to visit. We were given tickets to the Museum by a friend as my husband loves that kind of stuff. I have to say it was brilliant, being able to board the boats and the sub (even with clostrophibia) was great. Also the exhibitions were outstanding and full of great information, exhibits and videos. Well worth a visit.

Thank ChezAllen
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We went here about lunchtime with 3 children (1,7 and 9) and 2 grandparents. Looking around the ships was surprisingly very interesting. They have a lot of volunteers who are keen to share their knowledge. We couldn't take the youngest on board as they have a 90cm height limit which is a bit of a pain as one of us had to stay out to look after her but they did have an under 5's play area which we could take her too. They are pretty strict about it too as I saw them refuse entry to a man with a sleeping baby in a backpack. I didn't eat at the cafe as we had already had lunch but the location, prices and quality of food we saw looked great and I would be keen to give it a try. There is lots of interactive stuff for the kids to do and because it was school holidays there was a water gun shooting gallery. We were still here at closing time and we had only seen about half of it! So we decided to become annual members. They have a great deal where if you become a member on the day of your visit then they will credit your entry fee. The family entry was $65 for the day and family membership was $90 meaning after the credit of the days fee we only had to pay $25! We now have unlimited access for a year, a quarterly magazine, discounts etc. in fact we have already been back this week - minus the baby (thanks Grandma) so we could all do the tours together.

Thank Hexamu
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Great display of a wide range of vessels from small boats to yachts, submarines and ships. The smaller exhibits are housed in the very attractive Maritime Museum building and the larger vessels are moored adjacent in Darling Harbour.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I went down to the harbour for a day with Rosie and we visited the Maritime museum. I was pleased to go for a walk around the Vampire and show her to Rosie. we thwn went and had a look at the other displays. I thought it was well layed out with quality exhibits. well worth the money to have a look if you are interested in our maritime history. You could easily spend all day here.

Thank Mike W
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We really enjoyed our time at this museum we both expected that we'd be there for approx one hour but instead spent a very interesting 3 hours there.

There was loads to see and the exhibits were very interesting. I really enjoyed being able to wander around the different boats and my husband found the submarine very interesting.

The staff/volunteers really knew their stuff and were happy to answer any and all of our questions.

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