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While in Sydney, delve into maritime history at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Considered one of the top maritime museums in the world and conveniently located on the shores of Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum features exhibits on Aboriginal and European explorers, the navy, surfing, sailing and Australia’s beach culture. Choose between two ticket options: the special exhibitions only or the Big Ticket with access to the docks where historic ships are berthed, including several that you can tour and interactive displays to please the kids, making this a great activity for the entire family.

Highlights

  • Choose between two ticket options: The Big Ticket (all access) or access to the special exhibitions only
  • See one of the largest and most diverse in-water fleets in the world, including four historic ships that can be toured (if option selected)
  • Board a modern submarine, a naval warship, a 19th-century tall ship or a full scale replica of Captain Cook's 18th-century tall ship (if option selected)
  • Learn about the maritime customs of the nation’s original inhabitants, the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Browse displays about European explorers in Australia
  • View the worlds fastest boat, the Spirit of Australia having broken the water speed record in 1977
  • Head to the children's galleries for interactive kids activities (if option selected)

What You Can Expect

Australian National Maritime Museum General Entry Ticket

Destroyer: HMAS Vampire

Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum at your leisure with your choice of entrance ticket. Choose between the Big Ticket which includes all seasonal and permanent exhibits or limit yourself to just the special exhibitions and permanent galleries.

In the permanent collection, you can learn about Australia’s historic connection to the ocean in exhibits that detail stories and artifacts from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and European explorers including Captain James Cook. A full-size replica of Captain Cook’s ship The Endeavour, which he sailed to Australia in the 1780s, can be boarded for a hands-on experience of an 18th-century tall ship. Other galleries look into subjects such as immigration, naval defense forces, sailing and surfing.

The collection includes several historic vessels that berth at the docks located in the outdoor section of the museum. Depending on the day of your visit, you may find one or more ships available to tour: the HMAS Onslow, a submarine from the Royal Australian Navy; the HMAS Vampire, the last remaining big gun ship in the nation; and the tall ship named The James Craig, which took 30 years to restore and is one of the world’s few remaining 19th-century barques that are sea-worthy.

Check the daily schedule for guided tours and up-to-date exhibit information. A cafe that overlooks Darling Harbour offers refreshments for purchase or you are welcome to bring snacks and soak up views of Sydney Harbour from the museum’s terrace.

Current Exhibitions
Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica - Now open until 28 March 2016
This exhibition showcases a story of survival as an Anglo-Irish adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton saved all 28 men aboard the doomed ship Endurance.

Horrible Histories Pirates – The Exhibition - Opens 16 December 2015
Discover the life of a private in this interactive and hands on exhibition designed with a focus for children between the ages of 4-12 years.

Customer Reviews

Clare N

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Really enjoyed the vessels, the Endeavour , submarine and war ship. Well worth a visit. We also went up the lighthouse which gave fantastic views. The volunteer guides were excellent and very knowledgable. It wasn't too busy the day we went so we were also able to wander around the museum building itself in our own time and take everything in.

Geraldine D

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

Went to this museum with my two teenage daughters. It was very interesting. We walked on the destroyer and the submarine. The ship we enjoyed the best was Captain Cooks. It was so fascinating. We toured the museum after.

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