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Australian National Maritime Museum
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Australian National Maritime Museum General Entry Ticket
Ranked #28 of 474 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, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Katoomba, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

What an interesting place to visit. Some hands-on stuff and variety available. A great place for adults as well as children.

1 Thank Rosada A
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Great Tour of Battleship and Submarine”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a great museum and appropriate for all ages. There are several exhibits geared toward children and lots of children activities. What I loved best are the many floating vessels in Darling Harbour that are part of the museum. The battleship and the submarine are my favorites, but each boat was worthwhile. Spent about 2 1/2 hrs here by myself. It was a great afternoon.

Visited February 2013
Thank Kathleen W
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Gloucester, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great Museum!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a thoroughly enjoyable museum, located in Darling Harbour. Kids will love it! So do husbands!

Visited March 2013
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Perth, Australia
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71 attraction reviews
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“Great Value, Good Day Out”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Located at Pyrmont Bay, which we accessed by ferry from Circular Quay (30 minutes). it's also accessible by City rail or Monorail. It's walking distance from The Star Casino, Darling Harbour attractions like Madam Tussauds, Aquarium, Harbourside Shopping etc.

We chose to go to the Museum on a rainy day. Paid the $7 entry fee which allowed us to wander through and enjoy all the static displays. The other option was a $25 Big Ticket entry which extends to enjoying the interactive displays like climbing aboard the submarine etc. The Sydney Guide book contains a 20% discount voucher which brings the Big Ticket price down to $20 per person. On payment of the entry fee you are given a sticker to stick on your clothing which identifies whcih type of ticket you purchased. We spent 2.5 hours wandering through the musuem and were impressed with the quality and quantity of displays. We would have stayed longer only we had dinner plans. There was a volunteer working on constructing a model ship - fascinating to watch. Displays are themed and the set ups ranged from photo billboards, videos and screenings, model boats, replica displays suspended from the ceiling etc. There was convict history, navy, australian water sport history (swimming, rowing, Sydney to Hobart race, Lady Cottee), Australia- USA display etc. There were stairs to navigate between the floor levels. Along the way there are a few places to sit and take it all in. Toilets were near the Australia-USA display. We were at the Lady Cottee display minutes before a scheduled guided tour onboard her boat to see her belongings, however the Big Ticket entry is required or you need to go back to reception to ask about options.

There was a small play area for the kids but not much to keep them occupied for long so if you're family with young kids consider purchasing the Big Ticket and get access to interractive aspects of the museum (they are sure to enjoy the Ships and the Sea section!) or check out the museum website for tips.

At the conclusion we spent a further 30 minutes looking at the various bits and pieces available for purchase at the Gift store. The lady behind the counter was so friendly.

There was a cafe on site.

Visited February 2013
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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“A must visit in Sydney!”
Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Spent an enjoyable few hours exploring this museum. A $25 'big ticket' gives access to everything including the ships and submarine docked outside (there is a 20% off coupon in the free Sydney visitors guide which takes the price down to $20).

The museum vividly captures Australia's sea history with interesting exhibits and fun activities. Highlight for me was the chance to board ships and gain some idea of what it was like to be at sea in these vessels.

A great day out for all ages and excellent value for such an expensive city.

Thank Frank1957
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