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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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“vietnam war” (36 reviews)
5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is one of the best exihibitions ive seen, everything in detail, displays, personal experiences, artifacts, militaria displays. So amazing that Darwin survived such an onslaught and bonded into the place it is now.

Thank Fred D
Reviewed 2 March 2017

History experienced. I brought a group of outback youth and they were blown away by an experience of events that they knew nothing of before.

Thank Stefford
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

A great display o Australia's military history not only in Darwin, but throughout the world wars. I was amazed of the size of some of the cannons. Well worth checking out

Thank sharkiegirl
Reviewed 20 February 2017

after the Memorial Service on the Esplanade, went to the Darwin Defence Museum which was well worth the visit

Thank Croozin26
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Hot walk but great to see the exhibit. Some could do with alot of maintenance (not repair but protect) and clean up from the bats,

1  Thank cheshirebubble
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing display of Australian military history. Really interesting and informative re the bombing of Darwin. We all know about Pearl Harbor, this was our own country and it is not taught in schools!!!!! A must see when in Darwin. Also more added at each visit...More

Thank Caza62
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Myself and hubby went here while kids were at school. Absolutely incredible knowledge of Darwin bombings. Also have a little cafe on premises

Thank Sheree H
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit to see the effect of the WW2 bombing raid on Darwin. This includes a 13 minute film, and many artefacts (air defence guns etc) on display in the gardens

Thank holintel
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We spent a few hours at this spot. There are many sheds to expolore. All with heaps of memorabilia from the wars. Can reach site on the hop on hop off bus, so you can spend as much time as you need there. Staff were...More

Thank JudyJ17
Reviewed 31 January 2017

We spent over 3 hours here, it was excellent not just WW1 & WW2 although WW2 was the most covered war, a small area on Vietnam and Korean wars too. A great video show with strob lights etc too.

Thank Debbie R
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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.