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.
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)
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Meeting And Pickup
4/1/2022 - 3/31/2023
Monday - Sunday : 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
4/1/2023 - 3/31/2024
Monday - Sunday : 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
What To Expect
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.
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.
Australian National Maritime Museum
- All galleries and special exhibitions
- Action Stations
- Top deck of Navy Destroyer HMAS Vampire
- Top deck of HMB Endeavour (replica)
- Top deck of Duyfken(replica - the first European tall ship reach in Australia 1606
- Top deck of James Craig
3 hours • Admission Ticket Free
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Operated by Australian National Maritime Museum
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Ned_S, Feb 2020
I don't get excited about museums but I did enjoy this one. The tour of the submarine, destroyer, and patrol boat was very interesting. the exhibits inside were well worth while.
We enjoyed this museum. We went to...
Yves B, Feb 2018
We enjoyed this museum. We went to see a movie and thought it would be an IMAX movie but instead it was a regular movie wearing 3D glasses.
Wish we had more time to explore this...
Dianne_H, Dec 2017
Wish we had more time to explore this fantastic museum. A great day and worth visiting.
Went to this museum with my two...
Geraldine D, Mar 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.
Really enjoyed the vessels, the...
Clare N, Aug 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.
Musée sympathique pour les amoureux...
ShérazKarim, Oct 2015
Musée sympathique pour les amoureux de bateaux, beaucoup de choses à voir , à apprendre.
La partie la plus sympa est quand même la visite des bateaux.
Toutefois le sous-marin n'était pas accessible car un chantier en cours idem pour un autre bateau.
Le seul bateau visité fut le vampire.
De belles photos à faire , de bons souvenirs pour cette journée