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Defence of Darwin Experience

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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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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5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

A very well designed and interesting insite into WW2. The interactive displays bring the events of 1942 to life. As visitors from the Uk it brought a different perspective to a time in history. If you don't mind the walk catch the no 4 bus...More

Thank Julia M
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Very well set out with information and well preserved exhibits and displays. Very moving film about the first attack on Darwin. Interesting personal accounts about events on the actual day. Learnt a lot.

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday morning. Plenty of parking. There is lots to see both inside and out. The galleries and areas are well maintained. The movie presentation is great but lacks some facts about the Bombing of Darwin. The displays are very informative give...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Extremely well done, and set out, film clip very moving, along with some very informative remnants of the bombing of Darwin and defence personnel in various conflicts.

Thank Janbat
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This museum is a vital piece of Australian history. Very educational and sombering. The video was well done and the displays inside are great. It's great to walk through the grounds and see the machinary and supplies from different wars. Would be nice to see...More

Thank Jodie T
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This was unexpectedly an emotional experience. The video was beautifully produced. The sound and movie quality both adding effect and creating emotion in its viewers. You can also walk around the grounds which will take between half an hour to an hour to peruse. You...More

Thank KylieH3
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Given that so many in this Nation are not familiar with the multiple raids on Darwin from 19th February 1942, and the critical front line position of Darwin, I would well recommend this experience to all ... young and old. It is informative, and meticulously...More

Thank docaction
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Definately should be on your "to visit" list if you haven't been before. Plenty of exhibits & personal accounts of this period. Maybe worth looking around the outdoors 1st, we left it till last & got caught in the rain - it was the wet...More

Thank Neville2148
Reviewed 14 March 2017

No visit to Darwin is complete without visiting this area. Lots to see, do and learn. It takes you back to another time when the world was larger than modern travel has made it today. A worthwhile spot for the younger generation to visit

Thank Gerald E
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

The video of the invasion was very good. But its was expensive muesum. Pretty standard in museum presentations. Had just seen the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa which was amazing.

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18 February 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
The Museum is approx. 15 kilometres from the wharf and as such too far to walk. Means of transport to the Museum are taxi or tour bus as there is no public transport to East Point
Barb E
21 January 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
Hi The Museum is open from 10am to 3:30pm 7 days per week during the 'wet season' (now until 30th March)
30 July 2016|
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Response from JvR-MvR | Reviewed this property |
You could take the hop-on, hop-off bus which goes right past the waterfront. You could also contact the museum. See details on their website: defenceofdarwin.nt.gov.au Hope this helps.