Australian National Maritime Museum Highlights

The Australian National Maritime Museum is situated at the heart of Darling Harbour and features an impressive variety of tall ships, defence ships, a submarine, and other boats. Visitors can also explore permanent and temporary exhibtions on subjects that showcase Australia’s close links to the sea. From fascinating artefacts, thought-provoking exhibitions and fun activities for kids (and big kids), the museum gives local and international visitors a chance to connect to Australia’s maritime past and present in an innovative way.

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Ships, Submarines, Sailboats And More

There are over 10 remarkable vessels that dock at the Maritime Museum, and these can all be visited with your Big Ticket. The jewel in the crown is the HMB Endeavour, a magnificent replica of the original tall ship that was central to one of history's great maritime adventures, Captain Cook's epic 1768-71 world voyage. You can also see big gun ships like the HMAS Vampire, the HMAS Onslow submarine, the HMAS Advance patrol boat, and a variety of unique sailing boats, tugs, lifeboats, trawlers and more.

Exciting Exhibitions

Your Big Ticket gives you access to all exhibitions, permanent or temporary. Among the permanent exhibitions, you'll be able to learn about navigators who charted paths of discovery to Australia, the long voyages undertaken by European settlers, discover Australia's naval heritage, see precious artworks from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists, and learn about the introduction of surfing to down under.

Special Events

You might be lucky enough to board a special voyage on one of the museum's historic vessels. Or you could reach in to the mysterious Cabinet of Curiosities. There's regular opportunities to take a Behind-the-Scenes or Torchlight Tour with a knowledgeable guide. And whatever you do, don't miss the chance to meet Bailey Haggarty, the museum's assistant director of seagull chasing. He's a handsome Border Collie dog, and usually goes for a walk around the museum at 2:30pm.

Waterside Refreshments

Yots Café offers relaxed, open-air café dining with spectacular views of Darling Harbour - you can dine in or takeway. There's also a coffee kiosk that sells snacks and beverages, or you can choose to bring your own lunch - there are picnic tables on the museum’s Waterfront Boardwalk, offering lovely water views over Darling Harbour.