The "BIG TICKET" allows entry to the museum, all its exhibitions AND the ships/ lighthouse. Not sure why people are saying you have to pay extra for the ships because its not true - they obviously brought the wrong ticket. The ships and lighthouse can take an hour to view properly alone.. there are 4 or 5 ships you can actually get board -The battleship vampire, the James Craig and the Endeavor tall ship replica, plus a submarine!!... then you have the permanent museum gallery, then you have any other roving exhibitions it has one (usually one or two). Theres also a "kids deck" a large supervised room with art and craft for kids and a very nice restuarant right on the water - all within the museum grounds. We spent 5 hours here, so while the ticket might seem expensive theres HEAPS to do. Also - the kids will love it - the exhibitions are often very hands-on, and interactive (such as the "rescue" exhibition there now, where you can get into a helicopter and simulate saving people etc). Other exhibitions involve beautiful photography (such as the "Elysium" exhbition on now, of antartica). I was also told a "Vikings" exhibtion was coming soon. Worth the money when compared to other tourist attractions - make sure you ask questions and see and do everything - theres actually a lot there. The volunteers are an amazing wealth of knowledge!
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