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Australian National Maritime Museum Sydney

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Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
Sydney
NSW
2000
Tel: 02 9298 3777

Directions

The museum is located in the city's famous Darling Harbour.

There is discount parking at Harbourside Carpark (100 Murray St, Pyrmont) - a 5 minute walk from the museum. You can validate it at the museum.

Parking is $12 for the day. Also available at Star City Casino.

Where are we going today?

Ever heard the story of Captain Cook, and his famous ship that travelled around the world and finally made it to Australia?

Well, the Australian National Maritime Museum is THE place in the country to take yourselves back into history, and discover the world of the ocean and all those navigated through it.

Australia has a HUGE history with the sea - and still does! (Plus it's super fun to swim in!)

This museum captures all aspects of this important history with fun and fascinating exhibitions, artefacts, activities - AND you even get to board ships and see what it really was like out on the water!

There is an impressive full-scale of Captain Cook's ship where kids can just imagine being on the seas with him, discovering new lands! How exciting! (Do you know what it was called?)

Delve into the history of all who arrived on the countries shores in the 18th century, right up to the present day. What kind of new life did you think they were expecting?

The museum also look into Indigenous Australia's strong connections with the sea, and the country's inland waterways. You even get to look behind the scenes of naval traditions! Learn the stories that have defined the country. 

There are ALWAYS fun exhibitions and activities on. The exhibitions are divided into permanent, and temporary, so there will always be something new to see. The activities are perfect for every sized sailor! They have age-based programs like Mini Marines for kids under 5, Kids on Deck for those little sailors 5 to 12, and workshops for those older 8 to 14 years old.

They even have pirate workshops! 

Discover the sailor in you! Ahoy Captain!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$27 for all attractions.
  • Children$16 for all attractions.
  • Free Under: Free for members
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9:30am - 5pm. Extended to 6pm in January

Every day.

Teachers corner

The museum of course offer school trips, but bookings must be made in advance. A great way to teach kids about Australian history. .

I'm Hungry!

There is a lovely and relaxed, open-air cafe with spectacular views of Darling Harbour. Enjoy lunch, sunset drinks or a simple snack!

At the Kiosk, food and drink options range from barista made coffee, healthy snacks and cold drinks. Located on the right hand side of the main entrance. .

Healthy Eating!

Yots has a children's menu, great pram access, vegetarian options and delicious meals for parents too!.

Any Top Tips?

Visits involve plenty of walking and boarding vessels, so wear comfortable shoes! And make sure you have your fun hat on...!.

Baby Facilities

Strollers may be left at the free cloakroom near the museum entrance. The museum is accessible to strollers and prams via ramps and lifts.

Yots bottle warming for diners, and there are unisex babycare facilities near the entry foyer and on the lower level..

Can I get one of those?

Take a little bit of the day home with you! Show your friends!

At the museum store, you'll find one of Australia's most comprehensive collections of maritime books. There are also quality ship models, brassware, maritime gifts, souvenirs, jewellery, pins, DVDs, jigsaws, pirate booty, soft toy animals and more..

More information

Fully themed children's birthday parties are led by a costumed party host! If you want to celebrate your big day with the museum, these parties include party food, games and prizes, take-home bags, helium balloons and a birthday cake. .

What people are saying?

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    I recommend for everyone who hasn't already been there to go to the Maritime Museum and have a look at the HMAS Vampire (war ship). Truly interesting to see this vessels interior, even for people like me, who cannot say of themselves to be particularly interested in warships. I also happened to be lucky as the day I went to the Maritime Museum the Sea Shepherd Crew was docked at Darling Harbour. I joined a guided tour on the Sam Simon, one of the Sea Shepherd Whale Defence vessels. I learned a lot about the dangerous missions the Sea Shepherd Crews...Read More

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    Great museum in Sydney with exhibitions around everything that relates to the oceans - animals, ships, swimming culture, immigration, trade... there is a lot to see here. Plus, there are changing exhibitions as well such as the life-size whale photography exhibition that is on at the moment. In front of the museum there is a selection of ships and a submarine that you can visit, but tickets are very prices so I haven't seen them yet. I love the migrants' stories that are so authentic, sad, happy and true. It's a great place to return to over and...Read More

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    I really liked the navy ships and the captain cook ship exhibit. The vole terra gave very good explanations and some stories that happens to the ships.

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    While the big ticket is a little steep, what you do get is an excellent experience aboard the Endeavour, Onslow and Vampire. I would happily recommend a day out down in the harbour. Excellent views accompany an excellent museum.

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    A great day out. You can look at the great inside exhibitions and than go on to the replica endeavour and Australian Cold war ship, the HMAS Vampire. A great location close to a food court and train station. Make a day of it

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by Carmen Zauss

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I recommend for everyone who hasn't already been there to go to the Maritime Museum and have a look at the HMAS Vampire (war ship). Truly interesting to see this vessels interior, even for people like me, who cannot say of themselves to be particularly interested in warships. I also happened to be lucky as the day I went to the Maritime Museum the Sea Shepherd Crew was docked at Darling Harbour. I joined a guided tour on the Sam Simon, one of the Sea Shepherd Whale Defence vessels. I learned a lot about the dangerous missions the Sea Shepherd Crews regularly operate. Good on these brave troopers who risk their lifes to go out there and protect the whales. Next time you don't know what to do with yourself: go and visit the Maritime Museum!

by Silke Elzner

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Great museum in Sydney with exhibitions around everything that relates to the oceans - animals, ships, swimming culture, immigration, trade... there is a lot to see here. Plus, there are changing exhibitions as well such as the life-size whale photography exhibition that is on at the moment. In front of the museum there is a selection of ships and a submarine that you can visit, but tickets are very prices so I haven't seen them yet. I love the migrants' stories that are so authentic, sad, happy and true. It's a great place to return to over and over again, it never seems to get boring.

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