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Australian National Maritime Museum
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Ranked #29 of 478 things to do in Sydney
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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: Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

The two highlights of the National Maritime Museum in Sydney - going into a real submarine and seeing how they lived and worked and exploring the Endeavour Replica. We missed out on the lighthouse so we'll be going back to see that. But those two exhibits alone make it worthwhile. Being able to go into the submarine and hear about its history from the volunteers ( one at either end and one in the middle) was an incredible experience and not for the claustrophobic. The Endeavour was also great as it was an unexpected discovery of how sailors used to live.

Would recommend the Museum as a must see for anyone going to Sydney.

Visited March 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Nice venue in great location”
Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

I visited the current Amazing Whales exhibition along with boarding the ship and submarine. Overall the team there were super friendly, positive and passionate. The museum has a nice layout with really interesting (non exhibition) artifacts. Even getting there and finding something to do after is enjoyable being On the Darling Harbour

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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
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“Museum was confusing!”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the ships and submarine, but were a little confused in the museum itself as we felt lost as to how to go around it, as there were little instructions as to the flow! The Whale exhibition was interesting, but not sure why it was in English and French?

Visited June 2014
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Great museum! It's very interactive and there is a lot of information throughout the exhibitions. I went with a friend but it's also ideal for families with children. I didn't get a chance to go onto the ships in the docks, but it looked like a really great experience if you have the time.

Visited August 2013
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“Funtastic !”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Great fun for the entire family. Access to the different vessels -- gun boat, submarine, James Craig tall ship etc., was a great experience for my kids. The exhibits within the museum were very well set up too. A lot to learn about conservation, wild life and Australian history.

Free admission every 1st Thurs of the month. But if you plan to visit the vessels, then you would still need to purchase the big ticket.

Visited June 2014
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