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“Thank God they were there.”

Defence of Darwin Experience
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$83.39*
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Ranked #2 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.
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“Thank God they were there.”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

If you visit the the museum and you spend the 15 minutes watching and listing to audio/ visual presentation you will be a lot wiser and respectful of how lucky we are today.

Visited May 2014
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“WW2 Bombing of Darwin”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

A very well set up museum detailing the events of the bombing of Darwin. Excellent cinema of bombing on the big screen a credit to them that put it all together. If you visit Darwin must go and see.

Visited April 2014
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“Interesting history”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

I should start by saying I probably expected something different before going out to the museum. It has been updated recently and the interactive portions of the display were definately interesting but I expected to see more artifacts from the bombing of Darwin and it's military aftermath but, unfortunately, their were much fewer displayed than I expected. My father served in Darwin during the bombings and, as a result, I guess my expectations were a little unrealistic. We used the hop on, hop off bus to get to the museum and found that only one of those buses actually goes out to the museum in East Point Reserve once a day and gives you 90 minutes before it returns to pick you up - that is the 12 o'clock bus.

Visited April 2014
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Perth
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“Good stories inside”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

We went for a wlak through the outdoor exhibits first and found this all a bit disorganised and disjointed. However the A/V displays inside were much better and provided a good perspective of Darwin's role in WW2. A number of interesting and little known facts about how heavily attacked Darwin and northern areas were by Japan in WW2.

Visited April 2014
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Perth
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Education, interesting and interactive and most importantly Airconditioned! We all enjoyed this history lesson and it was great for the kids to get a taste of what happened in Darwin 1942 when the Japanese bombed, it gave them a sense of how lucky they are to not have to live through something so horrific.

Visited April 2014
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