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Defence of Darwin Experience
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Owner description: The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history. The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'. The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe. The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more. The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory. The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII. Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Well Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Spent an enjoyable and educational couple of hours at this new (open 12 months) Experience. A lot to read and learn about the bombing of Darwin. The sound and light show of the bombing runs for 13 minutes every 15 minutes. When you hear the air raid siren it means that it is about to begin. Clever presentation using old images and CGI.
Not to be missed also is the original Military Museum that is outside the rear door of the newer building. When we were there it seemed to be missed by most people. Here are all the old trucks, tanks and guns along with displays on all sorts of military items. Most interesting is the huge bunker containing the massive gun pointing out to sea, with the viewing platform on top

Visited March 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Wish we had more time - we didn't get the time to see everything as we were part of a tour group. Probably better to go alone or go twice as there is a lot to take in and see.

Visited March 2013
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“The Hidden Truths about Darwin and WW2”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

In reality we learn prescious little about our own Australian history but this exhibiton is a real eye-opener. How many of us realise that the Japanese dropped more bombs on darwin than they did on Pearl Harbour.

This part of our history should be compulsory for all school children to learn aboout. Not to try and keep any WW2 wounds open but to remember our past history and to remember two sayings:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing".
"Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it".

Visited March 2013
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“fancy that”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

I did not know that Darwin had more bombs dropped on it than Pearl harbour, this museum takes you through the raid on that terrible day using graphics to show the path of the planes and the places hit and people killed. It is a moving and in a way thrilling experience, well worth a visit

Visited February 2013
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“A much needed update and expansion of the Darwin Military Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Darwin was very much Australia's Frontline in WW2, and yet until recently, the only military museum to remember those who served and died in and around Darwin was a volunteer run museum at East Point. They are owed a major debt of gratitude by all Australians, but many thought that it's about time that the government helped. And now this has happened. A most professional new building with an excellent series of exhibits brings the best of modern technology to tell the story of the defence of northern Australia. There is also, for the first time, a memorial wall with plaques honouring all those who died while serving in this theatre of war. A moving experience.

Visited March 2013
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