- 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)
Departure & Return
Departure PointAustralian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
|Monday - Sunday:||10:30 AM - 04:00 PM|
What To Expect
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.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
- OPERATED BY Australian National Maritime Museum
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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