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Australian National Maritime Museum
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Ranked #30 of 490 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I was quite impressed by the Australian National Maritime Museum. My highlight was to tour the submarine. We were able to look through the periscope. That was cool.
Their quarters were small and their beds were narrow as well.,

Then we went to a warship. There was way more room on that boat. There was one place where sailors slept and it was quite hot.

The officers had their own bar and place to be with other officers.

Finally we were able to visit a replica of Captain Cook’s boat. It was interesting when we went below deck. We had to walk like a crab, otherwise we would hit our head constantly.

This is where the soldiers ate and slept.

The museum had lots to offer. It had lots of info about boats, war on the Pacific and Europe and they even had a section for the aboriginals.

We ended with watching a documentary about sharks. It was interesting!

What a great time we had here. We were there for 3 hours and a half.
It is a must see!

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

There are a total of four ships including a submarine and some warships which are really magnificent to get in and explore. The exhibition shows a lot of artifacts during the wartime period. It's also great to get to know more about the history and stories behind from the volunteer staff! Definitely a fun place for everyone especially children. Elderly might find it hard to walk inside the submarine though.

Thank ladyteex
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Worth a visit. Great displays, very informative. In addition special events and historic ships, submarine to visit.

Thank Diane W
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Having been to many maritime museums around Australia in the last 24 months, this one deserves my top rating in terms of the number of exhibits and diversity of the theme (from military to leisure sailing). One can spend the whole day there to see the lot. I arrived there just before midday and found that I could not finish everything before the closing. Two areas need improvement - more chairs for tired visitors for short rests. The 'guided tours' perhaps were not well coordinated or organised.

Thank FairG02125
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

An excellent museum, and fascinating to walk through the historic ships. The volunteers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Need more than one day though to thoroughly look through and absorb everything.

Thank Andrew R
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