- All Year Round, Daily | Except December 25.
- 09:30 to 17:00 (18:00 in January).
- Last boarding time for the historic ships is 16:10.
- 2 Murray St, Sydney NSW 2000.
- ANMM Map | Download.
About The Australian National Maritime Museum:
The Australian National Maritime Museum is one of Sydney’s premier tourist attractions. This 23-year-old museum is located on the waterfront at the Northern end of Darling harbor. The museum is an outdoor/indoor attraction site ideal for individuals as well as families. For marine and naval history lovers, the museum is home to an impressive selection of old warships, patrol boats, and a submarine. In addition to ships, the museum has seven permanent galleries and plays host to several temporary exhibitions. The museum opens its doors to the public every day at 09:30 and closes at 17:00 (18:00 in January). However, if you want to board the tall ships and submarine you will have to do it before 16:10.
Upon entry into the museum compound, you will be greeted by the aptly named Welcome Wall. This was erected to symbolise Australia’s status as one of the world's finest places to live. Inscribed on the wall are the names of over ten million people who have immigrated to Australia. The names of the immigrants appear on the bronze wall, while short 150 word descriptions of their journey's can be picked up from a kiosk inside the museum. The museum even holds regular unveiling ceremonies to celebrate new registrants.
As stated above, the museum plays host to seven permanent exhibitions. These take visitors on a tour of Australia’s naval history, and are ideal for adults as well as kids. They include: the Navigators’ Exhibition, Naval History, Outdoor Waterfront (see Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse and other structures), Passenger's (the immigrant's story), USA-Australia, Wharf 7 (water sports and beach culture) and the EORA First People exhibition. Each of these will give you a glimpse into different aspects of Australia’s oceanic heritage.
The Maritime Museum's signature attractions are the old ships berthed in its wharf. One of these vessels is a World War 2 destroyer named HMAS Vampire- the last big gun warship used by the Australian Navy. Other notable vessels include the HMB Endeavour and HMAS Onslow. The former is an exquisite replica of the famous HMB Endeavour that belonged to James Cook, while the latter is a Cold War submarine that was decommissioned in 1999.
The Maritime Museum occupies a vast expanse of space. Tours (self-guided or otherwise) invariably involve a lot of walking. Therefore, it's important to wear comfortable walking shoes. Additionally, the museum is stroller and pram friendly (except for the historic vessels). If you're travelling with either, you can store them in the cloakroom, which is free of charge.
The Ben Lexcen Terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch, with its scenic views across Darling harbour. Guided tours of the museum are offered on a daily basis free of charge, and the main building features free Wi-Fi access. If you do choose to pay a visit, be sure to also check out the restaurants, cafes and shopping boutiques of Darling Harbour.
- Ramps and lifts provide access to the museum building and all accompanying exhibition spaces. They can also be used to access the wharves and exterior viewing platform. Note that there is no wheelchair, stroller or pram access to the historic vessels.
- Wheelchairs can be reserved by pre-booking. Please call +61 2 9298 3777 and remember to bring a refundable deposit plus photo ID.
- Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are available on the lower and ground levels.
- Audio loops and interactive displays are available for those with hearing and or visual impairments.
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.
- Storage lockers are available in the main foyer for backpacks and other large bags.
- Photography is permitted in the museum so long as it's for personal use and flash is not engaged. Cameras are restricted in certain special exhibitions, so please consult with staff on such occasions.
- Free guided tours are available to all paying visitors. Inquire at the museum's reception on the day. Note, however, that they are subject to availability.
- On-site dining options available: (Yots Café, The Coffee Kiosk and picnic tables on the museum’s Waterfront Boardwalk).