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Defence of Darwin Experience
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$83.94*
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Ranked #1 of 120 things to do in Darwin
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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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23 reviews
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“Rusty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

I suppose I've been spoiled by havering visited the Canberra war memorial , where is free to get in and something you can't see in one day . Here lots of rusted out relics smelly underground bunkers but let's face it war was not fun either , as far as a tribute to the bombing of Darwin , hats off .

Visited March 2014
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“An excellent tribute”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

This museum is located where actual gun emplacements remain. Those and the other outdoor weapons, vehicles and other exhibits are impressive. The only caveat is that the below ground level Vietnam exhibits had standing water on the floors when we visited and deserve better if funding can be arranged. Inside the main building are many artifacts from various wars involving Australian troops and interactive displays with interviews and stories from the bombing of Darwin. This museum is more extensive than we expected, and was quite enjoyable.

Visited February 2014
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Great location for a museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Very good modern musuem set in beautiful park land. Good interactive displays. The video was a bit long (for youg children) but was very informative. The concept of being able to follow individual's stories from different perspectives eg, Naval officers, post office workers, etc made it easier to relate and put yourself into their shoes. Best bit is the sound box, makes you realise how scary it must be to live through a cyclone of that magnitude.

Visited March 2014
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Karratha, Australia
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“Lest we forget”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

Excellent experience, has been renovated in the last couple of years. Lots of interactive displays and historical photographs and relics which are well laid out in an air conditioned complex. Outside are old vehicles, artillery pieces and the original gun emplacements which you can enter, inside which are various weapon and equipment displays. Very pleasing to see this part of history is being preserved so well. A must see.

Visited March 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Full of surprises ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

I wasn't expecting much and thought we'd be finished in half an hour so I was very surprised at the entry fee ($14 per adult). However after 1.5 hours I can say it's worth it.

The front reception staff could be a lot friendlier but just ignore them. The displays are very well done and make sure you catch the video/show. Listen for the sirens!

Leave plenty of time for the external displays as there's a lot to see. Don't miss the bunker. It was great to have air conditioned areas in the outside area too. Well planned.

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