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National Maritime Museum - from fish nets to warships

Maritime Museum: James Craig 19th Century iron hulled square rigged barque

James Craig Barque
Maritime Museum, Sydney


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.


Maritime Museum Live Exhibit

Live Exhibit
Maritime MuseumSydney


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.




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.