This fascinating museum is in full view from the river, but is unnecessarily difficult to access, and therefore not nearly so well visited as it deserves. There is an interesting collection of real ships and smaller vessels, including the wonderful "HMAS Diamantino" a classic WWll River Class frigate in highly authentic condition. The adjoining galleries are full of interesting exhibits and paintings and the volunteer staff are knowledgeable and friendly. We were fortunate enough to be guided around by RAN stoker Leo Bull, retired, whose original uniform is on display in a glass case!
One of the main reasons why this museum is hard to get to is the lack of clear signage. The "City Hopper" free ferry boat calls frequently at the landing pier on which is prominently displayed the name "Maritime Museum", but the museum moved the entrance years ago and there is no visitor access from that pier! Neither is there any notice to inform the unfortunate visitor that he or she has landed at the wrong place; they have to find that out for themselves!
Upstream one stop is "South Bank 3" pier in the beautiful South Bank gardens, from which access to the museum is easy, once you know how. But again there are few, if any, signs and the visitor is left to discover this hidden-in-plain-view attraction by trial and error. Time the City Council invested in some clear directions; and possibly changed the name of that pier!
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