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“Lots to see here - take your time!”

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Devonport
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Vancouver Island, Canada
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76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lots to see here - take your time!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

FREE. For everyone, not just NZ residents. What a treat that was!

Great museum. It is a small building but there is a lot to see. We spent over an hour here and could have spent more time if we were really interested in the present NZ Navy as opposed to the historical side of the Navy. The war displays were very informative. I learned lots about the NZ military involvement in the various Pacific conflicts. Also learned of the NZ role in Vietnam.

Walkable from the ferry terminal. They have a nice little cafe attached.

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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366 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“It's for free and it's quite good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

First of all, the museum is free. However, that didn't mean it was run down or limited in resources. It was on par with some war museums i've been around the world which actually charged a small - hefty fee.

However, it was smaller in scale (but just right for a quick visit) with mostly NZ navy themes.

I enjoyed the items on display such as the AA gun, torpedo etc.

Visited October 2013
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Abu Dhabi
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224 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Great museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

It is well worth visiting this small but excellent museum. They make very good use of the space they have and I found all of the exhibits interesting and well presented.

A steady and very pleasant 15 minutes walk from the ferry terminal, I recommend this place highly.

Visited November 2013
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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place to see in Devonport”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

The little museum here is definitely worth a look - especially when traveling with a history buff! The cafe food was very good and it was hilarious watching the little flock of sparrows boldly stalking everyone for crumbs. (As the table signs say - don't feed the birds! They don't need any encouragement!) The harbor view from the cafe's outside tables is wonderful!

Visited August 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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136 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“On Target”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

Visited the Navy Museum for the first time at it's new and very appropriate position right on Torpedo Bay. Free museum, free parking, great harbour and city views, great start!
The museum documents the history of the RNZN from embryonic beginnings to its modern day role and rightly focuses on a few of the great stories.
The kids took particular interest in the displays on HMS New Zealand and HMNZS Achilles and the battle of the River Plate.
Museum is all on one level and is easy to navigate around. It is quite a small museum but does justice to the story of the Navy in NZ. Leaving the museum we carried on up the hill to explore some of the tunnels and gun emplacements of North Head. A great afternoon out!

Visited July 2013
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