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Australian National Maritime Museum

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

We enjoyed being able to board old submarines and destroyers, and an old wooden cargo ship that had sailed in the late 1800s. And, the exhibits of sailing history for Australia... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed being able to board old submarines and destroyers, and an old wooden cargo ship that had sailed in the late 1800s. And, the exhibits of sailing history for Australia and some U.S.A. were well done. A 3D movie about Great White Sharks was of some interest--though it is played at very high volume (bring ear plugs!). Definitely a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this museum while staying in Sydney. It has a wonderful inside display that covers the maritime history of Australian. Outside are docked ships of historical importance. We went aboard the HMAS Vampire ( Daring Class destroyer), and the HM Endeavour Replica. Both ships were enjoyable and onboard the Endeavour are very knowledgeable volunteers who had excellent details about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Once again we presented the vouchers available in Traveller's Companion and received a 20% discount off the pensioner entry fee, which is always a bonus! We decided to do the outside area first, where we were met by a very passionate volunteer named Rupert. Wonderful to see these experienced people passing on their knowledge, which makes the visit on these... More 

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ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi Sandy, thanks for sharing your experience! We're very lucky to have our volunteers sharing their stories and incredible wealth of knowledge. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a morning here on a recent last minute weekend break to Sydney. We got to see inside a battleship (possibly not the technical term) and a submarine and there was also a good av installation. There is a kids area and a co-located cafe that turned out to be great - good service, good food and great coffee.... More 

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Thanks for sharing your review Cate! It's great to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Located at Darling Harbour under the bridge from the city there is lots to see and do here - sailing ships and WW11 ships inc a sub

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Museum is absolutely a must see for any Maritime lover. We spent hours here. First we checked out the inside section of the Museum, which was all very informative, and about what you would expect from the inside of a Maritime Museum. Because of the way the tickets worked, we were then able to have lunch nearby and return... More 

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ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi Emma, thanks so much for taking the time to leave your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit - we hope to welcome you back next time you're in Sydney! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic outing - and what a selection of ships were in when we were there (they do vary). We toured the HMAS Vampire, an Australian destroyer and had a great docent who explained the ship, the living condition's and the operation of the ship. We also did the Endeavour. You can walk along the harbour and view... More 

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Thanks for leaving your review Victoria! More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum itself has a variety of info and stuff to see. For kids there are some great activities to interact with. Good history and information. The access to boats was the highlight. The Vampire was impressive and the submarine Onslow a wonderful experience to get a feel for life at sea. The cafe was pretty good too and although... More 

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ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your feedback, we're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! We do apologise that the absence of our tall ships was not communicated to you prior to purchasing your ticket - that is something we normally endeavour to do. We will be following this up with our front of house team. More 

Casablanca, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

General admission is free. You pay $30.00 to see the naval ship and submarine and an area inside the museum. It's very informative, and some really good displays. It's also surprising to see famous Americans in photos in it. It a good visit and you are right there at Darling Harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where possible see if you can pick up a 20% discount voucher. This will let you purchase the Big Entry ticket at a reduced price. This will let you board the Patrol Boat - HMAS Advance, Destroyer - HMAS Vampire and Submarine - HMAS Onslow. As well as the HMB Endeavour when in port. I can certainly say that I... More 

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ANMMSydney, Digital Marketing Officer at Australian National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi Tom, thanks for leaving your review. You're spot on about our occasional 20% discount vouchers... if you check our website right now you may just find an offer on pre-sale Big Tickets which include entry to our upcoming exhibition Escape from Pompeii. More 

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Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to Dj’s. Families can visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
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