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Australian National Maritime Museum

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Address: 2 Murray St | Darling Harbour, Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9298 3777
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Climb aboard and join the action at the Australian National Maritime...

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.

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When I visited, it was raining, and even though the weather was inclement, there was plenty to do and see outdoors, as well as inside. Old ships, a submarine and light house are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When I visited, it was raining, and even though the weather was inclement, there was plenty to do and see outdoors, as well as inside. Old ships, a submarine and light house are among some of the outdoor attractions. The inside areas are incredible, plan a few hours at least here, there is so much to see. There are also... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saw the ad for this and thought it would be a great experience Arrived at 3.30 and paid $40 for two to see the exhibition which starts with a time lapse 3 D film of the destruction of Pompeii .It started around 4.05 so it would have helped to have been told this as we could have seen some of... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Australian National Maritime Museum is an absolute must for all who are visiting Sydney Darling Harbor. I visited Sydney with my family and I am normally intrigued by various museums and this was a natural choice. We arrived at the museum only around 2pm with only 3 hours left for the day as the museum closes at 5pm. The... More 

Thank Janaka P
Fernie, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I toured the HMAS Vampire and Advance - these are both a great way to see what life on the Ocean was like 60 or so years ago! I had a volunteer guide that toured me on the Advance, he had great passion and did an incredible job! Highly recommend!

Thank Tom R
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent time aboad the HMB Endeavour, the Patrol boat HMAS Advance, and HMAS Vampire (a destroyer.) The volunteers gave very enthusiastically of their time and knowledge bringing alive life aboad these vessels. The only weird thing was some dreadful out of keeping plincky pluncky music on board HMAS Vampire, which our guide had to compete with to make himself... More 

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Auburn, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding entertainment value. Perfect morning or afternoon excursion for a family of all ages. The highlight is boarding an ex service vessel or submarine, current vessel, or a replica tall ship - Cook's Endeavour. Plenty to explore on board. You are free to explore or they have guided tours. Some of the vessels are permanent displays, others on rotation so... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing excursion. Spent approx one and a half hours with a wonderful volunteer, given a history of the twin mastered tall ship, then taken on a guided tour of this wonderful ship. Visit the ground floor of Wharf 7 to see a collection of small boats, so interesting and free. Weather perfect. Pay to go into The Maritime... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we visited the maritime meseum in April 2017 the staff were great very enthusiatic and knowledgable, they have a sub which you can go into, we liked the captian cook ship the best. Great day

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited hear a number of times. Always drove parking station parking is not cheap and on street parking not easy to find. Best to come via public transport. There is quite a bit to see and sometimes special exhibitions. Would be most suitable for families with school age children

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice submarine in view. Good place for photos-taking (laughs) and admiring the scenic place. Convenient spot for tourists visit as well.

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