Australian National Maritime Museum

Discover explorers and navigators, climb aboard tall ships, inspect inside a submarine and a destroyer, and learn about naval history at the Australian National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour. You’ll be enthralled by the stories of daring adventures at sea.

The museum showcases a range of seafaring, coastal, naval and cultural themes with artefacts, exhibitions and guided tours. This must-see attraction includes the opportunity to board a naval submarine and a replica 18th century tall ship.

Permanent exhibitions include:

  • Navigators – tracking the successive waves of sailors and settlers who have navigated the Australian shores over thousands of years;

  • Eora First People – exploring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s deep connection with the sea;

  • Watermarks – exploring the Australian coastal culture’s love of water;

  • Navy – how the Royal Australian Navy operates on the land, in the air and under the sea during peace and war;

  • Passengers – the journeys of those who have travelled to Australia by sea.

Open daily, 9.30am to 5pm (6pm in January), the museum is in Darling Harbour, a short walk from Town Hall Station. There are ferries from Circular Quay. You can also take the light rail from Central Station to Pyrmont Bay.

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