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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

The Australian National Maritime Museum is situated at Darling Harbour, at the western end of Pyrmont Bridge walkway. There are many ways to arrive at Darling Harbour; these are the main ways:

Train to Town Hall Station
The museum is a 20-minute walk from Town Hall Station via the Druitt Street pedestrian walkway, which leads down to Darling Harbour. Walk around Cockle Bay and take the escalator up onto Pyrmont Bridge. The museum is at the end of the bridge.

Catch the F4 route from Circular Quay to Pyrmont Bay Wharf, right at the museum. Alternatively, you can catch the F3 route to Barangaroo Wharf, enjoy a 20-minute scenic walk along the pier to Pyrmont Bridge and walk across to the museum.

Light Rail
Take the L1 light rail from Central Station and get off at the Pyrmont Bay stop, right across the road from the museum.