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  • Unearth rich maritime history at the National Maritime Museum, Australia.
  • Browse galleries and exhibits on Aboriginal and European explorers and learn about the nation's original inhabitants.
  • Get the chance to board and tour the many vessels berthed at the docks, including historic warships and submarines.
  • View a full-size replica of Captain Cook's ship along with the Spirit of Australia, the fastest boat in the world.
  • Note: The National Maritime Museum has re-opened now, except for some areas such as the warship submarine, 3D Cinema, Kids on Deck, the lighthouse, and the library. These areas are temporarily closed. You are welcome to book your ticket now and enjoy the trip.
  • Entry is free for all Australian Defence Force veterans, serving members, and current cadets. Children aged 4-15, students, and families enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is the country's national center for maritime collections, exhibitions, research, and archaeology. Located on the shores of Darling Harbour, it is home to exhibits on Aboriginal and European explorers, the navy, surfing, sailing, and Australia’s beach culture. Over 850,000 people visit the Australian National Maritime Museum annually including families, interstate, and international tourists. Find here fascinating artifacts, thought-provoking exhibitions, and fun activities for kids (as well as adults). This is a chance to connect to Australia’s maritime past and present in surprising ways. Interestingly, it also has one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world!

COVID-19 Safety Rules at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Anyone who has visited identified venues on the NSW Health list or has cold or flu-like symptoms, should not visit the museum until they have been tested and have received a negative result.

Closed/Unavailable Areas

  • Below deck on HMB Endeavour and HMAS Vampire 
  • Lighthouse 
  • 3D Cinema 
  • Group bookings
  • Members Lounge 
  • Cloaking service (self-serve lockers are available)

Inside the Museum

  • Access to the museum is restricted to reduce crowds and ensure social distancing.
  • Pre-booking your visit online is encouraged.
  • The museum is now cashless – card payments only.
  • Hand sanitizers are provided throughout the museum.
  • Frequent cleaning is done to ensure the highest standard of cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Free temperature screening devices are provided on request.
  • Safety protocols for catered events.

Personal Safety Measures

  • Do not visit if you are going through the self-isolation period or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • If you are unwell or have a dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, high temperature or fever, body aches or pains, do not visit.
  • Please provide the museum with your personal details and give them permission to pass it on to NSW Health if they are asked to do so.
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5m between yourself and other people at all times.
  • Downloading the Government’s COVIDSafe app is recommended.
  • If you’re feeling unwell please call the National Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080.

Why Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime collection contains a diverse range of over 140,000 historic artifacts. It explores Australia’s close links to the sea through commerce, exploration, immigration, adventure, and sports. The museum also boasts one of the world's largest museum fleets, apart from interesting exhibitions throughout the year. There are three vessels that are open for public tours: the HM Bark Endeavour Replica, the destroyer HMAS Vampire, and the submarine HMAS Onslow. 

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Your Australian National Maritime Museum Explained

Book yourself tickets to the Australian National Maritime Museum, and enjoy a complete and wholesome experience with access to everything inside. Discover the maritime history of the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders; catch sight of the Spirit of Australia, get a sneak peek into the lives of sailors aboard a naval warship and a modern submarine, and explore galleries that give you perspective on subjects like immigration, naval defense forces, sailing, and surfing.

The ticket includes access to several historic vessels, the likes of which include the HMAS Onslow, a submarine from the Royal Australian Navy, the HMAS Vampire, and more. Depending on the day of your visit, you may find one or more ships available to tour. You also get free access to all the exhibitions and activities. Watch the short film Action Stations that showcases a re-creation of a mission event from each vessel.  If you’re taking your kids along with you, they can get their hands dirty with printmaking, sculpture, or painting at Kids on Deck. Your ticket to the Australian National Maritime Museum ticket is valid for the date selected during checkout. You can enter at any time within the operating hours.

Super Flexible Cancellation Policy: Cancel the ticket up to 24 hours before schedule to get full refund.

Why Book Australian National Maritime Museum Tickets Online?

  • Advance Booking: By booking your Australian National Maritime Museum tickets online, you can plan your visit well in advance and book your tickets too. You need not worry about the tickets being sold out. 
  • Access to all exhibitions and vessels: Booking the Australian Maritime Museum Big Ticket here will allow you to explore all parts of the museum at leisure.
  • Kids activity: Big adventures await the little ones at Kids on Deck, where they can try their hand at printmaking, sculpture, or painting.

Discounted Tickets to Australian National Maritime Museum

Children aged 4-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID). Entry is free for all Australian Defence Force veterans, serving members, and current cadets.

Things to do at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Exhibitions at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Exhibitions

The ever-changing exhibitions at the Australian National Maritime Museum are a must-explore while you're here. Current exhibitions include 'A Mile in My Shoes,' a pop-up store where you can try on somebody else’s pair of shoes and listen to their story. It celebrates the lives of migrants and refugees who have made this country their home – people who have changed the face of the nation and have been changed by it. 'Beach Couture' displays 'trashion' collected from beaches and oceans in Sydney, Australia, and Los Angeles, America. 'Mariw Minaral' displays some of the finest examples of Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait Islands) artist Alick Tipoti’s intricate linocut printmaking practice.

Historic Vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Vessels

The Australian National Maritime Museum is known for being home to one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world. Some of its permanent exhibitions of vessels include the HMAS Onslow, which was built during the Cold War and was required to track Soviet submarines. With your ticket, you get to see the danger and drama of life on board Onslow in Action Stations, an immersive experience. 'Akarana' (Maori for ‘Auckland’) was built in Auckland to compete in Australian regattas back in the late 1800s. There's also the vessel 'Tu Do' which arrived in Darwin on 21 November 1977 with 31 Vietnamese refugees crowded on board.

Kids at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Kids Activities

For little kids with curious minds, the possibilities of exploration are endless at the Australian National Maritime Museum. They can climb and play aboard real-life tall ships and warships, or head to Sea Science Pontoon, where they can peek under the surface of the harbor on the waterfront. For carers and bubs, there's Seaside Strollers and Mini Mariners - themed exhibition and play areas. Kids can also try their hand at printmaking, sculpture, or painting at Kids on Deck.

Australian National Maritime Museum galleries

Galleries

Permanent exhibitions at the museum are focused around six gallery spaces. Inside 'Navigator', find artifacts relating to the discovery of Australia's coastline. 'Passengers' takes you through voyages made to Australia from original settlers to war brides, refugees, and cruise ship visitors. 'Eora-First People' gives you an insight into Aboriginal Australians, Torres Strait Islanders, and their relationship with the water. The 'Navy' gallery is home to models and histories of four Australian warships named after the city of Sydney, whereas the 'Australia-US relationship' gallery connects the links between the two countries. At 'Watermarks,' see the yacht Blackmores First Lady. Other galleries include the Tasman Light Gallery, which has original lenses from the Tasman Island Lighthouse. Three other galleries are used to host temporary exhibitions.

Plan Your Visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum

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Timings at Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Daily: 10.30 AM - 4 PM
  • School Holidays: 9.30 AM - 5 PM
  • Closings & Holidays: Christmas Day
  • Last boarding for all vessels: 50 minutes prior to the closing time (3.10 PM or 4.10 PM)
How to Reach Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Walk: The Australian National Maritime Museum is located in Darling Harbour, a pleasant 15-minute stroll across Pyrmont Bridge from the center of Sydney’s CBD, or a 10-minute walk from Sydney Fish Market.
  • Car: Museum visitors get $15 all-day validated parking at Harbourside Car Park and Star Casino Car Park (7 AM to 6:30 PM). Remember to get your parking ticket stamped at the museum reception.
  • Train: The museum is a 20-minute walk from Town Hall Station. You can also connect with the L1 Light Rail at Central Station to arrive just across the road from the museum.
  • Bus: The 389 from Bondi Junction stops at the front door.
  • Ferry: Catch the spectacular F4 route from Circular Quay to Pyrmont Bay Wharf, right at the museum. You can also catch the F3 route to Barangaroo Wharf, a 20-minute walk across Pyrmont Bridge to the museum.
  • Light Rail: Take the L1 light rail from Central Station, or from Dulwich Hill through the inner west, to Pyrmont Bay stop, right across the road from the museum.
Restaurants at National Maritime Museum

If you work up an appetite, head over to the family-friendly Yots Café (open from 11 AM to 4 PM), located on the harbor side of the museum. Or enjoy a quick coffee, a delicious delight, or healthy snack from The Coffee Kiosk (open from 8:30 AM to 11 AM), located on Pyrmont Bridge side of the museum.

You can even get your own lunch and picnic at the tables on the museum’s Waterfront Boardwalk overlooking Darling Harbour.

Visitor Tips

  • There is ramp access into the main museum building via the main entrance.
  • There is lift or ramp access to all exhibition spaces within the main building, and to wharves and the viewing platform outside the museum.
  • Courtesy wheelchairs are available with a photo ID. Pre-booking a wheelchair is essential, please phone 9298 3777.
  • Unfortunately, due to the vessel design and walkways on the vessels, wheelchair access is not available.
  • Accessible toilets are located on the museum’s lower level (accessible by lift and walkway) and in the ground-level entry foyer.
  • Audio-induction loops are available in the theatre, main ticket areas, and museum meeting rooms. Interactive displays are located throughout the museum.
  • If extreme wet weather hits, the museum closes all vessels for visitor safety. If it looks like it's going to be a hot day, come early and see the vessels first.

Australian National Maritime Museum: FAQs

What is the Australian National Maritime Museum?

The Australian National Maritime Museum lets you get a sneak peek into Australia’s link to the sea. The exhibits featured here tell stories of naval wars, ancient saltwater traditions, modern beach culture, and aquatic sporting achievements. 

Is the Australian National Maritime Museum open post-COVID-19?

Yes, it is open.

Is it safe to visit the Australian National Maritime Museum post-COVID-19?

Yes, the museum is safe to visit post-COVID-19. There are several safety measures in place.

Where is the Australian National Maritime Museum located?

It is located on the shores of Darling Harbour, (the Pyrmont side) at 2 Murray St, Sydney.

What are the opening hours at the Australian National Maritime Museum?

The museum is open daily from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (extended to 6:00 PM in summer). The last visit to the vessels is at 4:10 PM.

What is unique about the Australian National Maritime Museum?

The Australian National Maritime collection contains a diverse range of over 140,000 historic artifacts. This includes artifacts relating to the maritime history of the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and galleries that give you perspective on subjects like immigration, naval defense forces, sailing, and surfing. It also has one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world.

How much do Australian National Maritime Museum tickets cost?

The Big Ticket to the museum is priced at AU$25 for anyone aged 16 and above. Children aged 4-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing at AU$15.

What is included in the ticket to the Australian National Maritime Museum?

The ticket gives you access to the galleries and exhibitions. You also get access to several historic vessels, the likes of which include the HMAS Onslow, a submarine from the Royal Australian Navy, the HMAS Vampire, and more. Depending on the day of your visit, you may find one or more ships available to tour. Apart from the exhibitions and activities, you can also watch the short film Action Stations that showcases a re-creation of a mission event from each vessel.  If you’re taking your kids along with you, they can get their hands dirty with printmaking, sculpture, or painting at Kids on Deck.

What are the best things to do at the Australian National Maritime Museum?

See Australia’s National Monument to Migration, the Welcome Wall. It celebrates those who have migrated from around the world to live in Australia. Also, see the historic vessels that the museum is home to. These include the Akarana, Krait, and Tu Do. Explore the galleries that display artifacts relating to the discovery of Australia's coastline and its native inhabitants. 

Is the Australian National Maritime Museum suitable for toddlers to visit?

Yes, it is. There’s even an educator-led tour through new exhibitions for carers and babies.

Is outside food allowed at the Australian National Maritime Museum?

Yes, it is. You can get your own lunch and picnic at the tables on the museum’s Waterfront Boardwalk overlooking Darling Harbour.

Are wheelchairs available inside the Australian National Maritime Museum?

Courtesy wheelchairs are available with a photo ID. Pre-booking a wheelchair is essential, please phone 9298 3777.

Are there lockers available at the Australian National Maritime Museum?

Self-serve lockers are available.

Do Australian National Maritime Museum tickets include free parking?

Museum visitors get $15 all-day validated parking at Harbourside Car Park and Star Casino Car Park. Remember to get your parking ticket stamped at the museum reception.

What is the cancellation policy for Australian National Maritime Museum tickets?

You can cancel tickets up to 24 hours before schedule for full refund.

How long are Australian National Maritime Museum tickets valid for?

They are all-day passes that are valid for the date selected during checkout.

Can I purchase Australian National Maritime Museum tickets at the venue?

Yes, you can. Although it is advisable to book your tickets online.