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“Great getting onboard submarines, tallships and battleships!!”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 25, 2013

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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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Fascinating. Plenty of old artefacts and memorabilia, very easy to spend 2-3 hours on your own just soaking up the history. A reasonable amount of interactive stuff for the kids. I decided against going on the boats, as I only wanted shelter from the rain initially, but ended up staying at the museum for 3 hours.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Brilliant, simply brilliant. Spent a happy couple of hours exploring the boats especially the submarine - warning - it is really not for the claustrophobic - 45mins below deck was enough for me ... how anyone did 6 weeks at sea in it I will never know. Guides very knowledgeable and helpful. Better value for money than the Aquarium.

Thank Charlie M
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Really interesting place. Unique as far as I'm concerned with all the boat, or is that ships on the water. I took the ferry from Circular Quay to the Maritime Museum. It's a pretty spectacular way to arrive. Do it, see it, worth it!

Thank H1ck5v1ll3
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We spent nearly the whole day looking through the various ships and talking to the very knowledgable volunteers who are on each of the vessels. Our favourite was the Endeavour replica ship which was amazing to see how the sailors lived on board. The Big Ticket was well worth the family price.

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