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“Needed more time!”

Australian National Maritime Museum
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Australian National Maritime Museum General Entry Ticket
Ranked #28 of 470 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: Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Needed more time!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

I visited the Museum in the afternoon and only allowed myself 3 hours to visit. I used this time to go onto the 4 ships open for inspection (HMS Endeavour replica, Submarine HMAS Onslow, Destroyer HMAS Vampire and the Sea Shepherd boat MY Sam Simon).

Unfortunately as a result I didn't get inside to the displays which was a great disappointment.

Therefore my advice is to go in the morning and make a day of the visit!

Visited June 2014
Thank Ian M
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

The ability to go aboard the naval ships and see how the sailors lived is amazing. The museum has plenty to see and do for all ages and the ability to look up when your family migrated to Australia is a bonus. Take your time and soak it all in as you will want to see everything.

Visited June 2014
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Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!”
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Thank Sue G
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