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Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

The Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. Picture:

Australian National Maritime Museum exhibits range from fish nets to warships


The Australian National Maritime Museum has thousands of exhibits depicting Australia's history - from ancient times when Aboriginal people trapped fish and traded with Asian neighbours, right up to the present.


Visitors can see what life was like on the convict ships; how Australia "rode on the whale's back"; how its first submarine fought bravely (and lost) in World World I at Gallipoli; what people packed when they sailed to a new life on these shores; why surfboards have become shorter; and more.


There are displays, hands-on exhibits, a cinema and the latest museum computer games. Guided tours at no cost.


Visitors can go aboard the HMAS Vampire, the former Royal Australian Navy destroyer. A guided tour shows how the crew lived, worked and relaxed.


Also on display is Australia II, winner of the 1983 America's Cup; relics of Captain Cook's Endeavour; the famous World War II commando boat Krait; a sleek racing cutter of 1888; a Vietnamese refugee boat that made the hazardous sea voyage to Australia and a pearling lugger from Broome, a far north-western seabord town which is now a booming tourist destination.


Navy destroyer at Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

The Royal Australian Navy's decommissioned destroyer, HMAS Vampire, is a permanent exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Picture:




Location: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Telephone: +61 2 9298 3777
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 to 17:00
Daily 09:00 to 18:00 in January
Closed Christmas Day
Amenities: Baby Change Room & Disabled Access
Services: Café, Kids' Deck, Guided Tours, Audio Tours, Vaughan Evans Library & Volunteers.
Features: The Welcome Mall, HMAS Vampire (Destroyer), HMAS Onslow (Submarine), The James Craig square-rigger sailing ship, Wharf 7 & Special Exhibitions.
Website: National Maritime Museum


Getting There

Take a train to Town Hall station and walk a few blocks to Darling Harbour; or,

Alternatively, walk across Pyrmont Bridge from the city; or,

Alternatively, catch the monorail from Pitt and Market Streets, to Harbourside station; or,
Alternatively, drive to Harbourside car park, Darling Harbour; or,
Alternatively, the Sydney Explorer Bus (stop17) or the Rocks-Darling Harbour Tramway Bus both stop there.