Australian National Maritime Museum

Go and see the Australian National Maritime Museum, home to fantastic exhibitions that explore Australia's links to the Sea

HMV Endeavour docked at the Australian National Maritime Museum
HMV Endeavour docked at the Australian National Maritime Museum cc licensed photo by Andy_Mitchell_UK

A visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum is ideal for a fun-filled day of exploring various Australian maritime activities, European seafaring, aquatic sport, as well as the maritime defence of Australia's shores.

Be sure to check out Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre, which houses the Vaughan Evans Library, boat building workshops, museum collection storage, ship model workshop, a conservation laboratory and display area. If you are a water sports enthusiast, you will not want to miss out on the spectacular exhibition that the Museum houses. Here, you will be able to climb into and explore the Blackmores First Lady – Australia's most famous yacht. Since its official opening in 1991 the Australian National Maritime Museum has accrued a collection of over 40,000 objects.

In addition to the vast indoor exhibits, the museum also has over ten different real vessels for you to explore including a submarine.

The museum offers a variety of different activities for all ages. If you are feeling adventurous, they even offer a sailing cruise on the beautiful Sydney Harbour in either an authentic tall ship or aboard a luxury yacht.

Nearby attractions: Star City Casino and Lyric Theatre, Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, Imax Theatre, Chinese Gardens, Powerhouse Museum, Paddy's Market and Chinatown.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

Australian National Maritime Museum Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: 2 Murray St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9298 3777

Official Website: Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating It was definitely worth the visit to this museum, I especially loved the photography Exhibition as I am a huge photography buff. The ships were wonderful also. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go into the submarine as I found it a bit too constricting but would very much recommend for the more versatile. Enjoyed going onto the HMS Vampire though. The exhibits in the main museum was fantastic. A must see for Sydney locals and tourists alike.
Nerine Cummins - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Wonderful experience. It was 6 of us: 3 kids of 3-6 yo and 3 adults of both genders. And everyone has learnt something interesting either while was exploring the real submarine and military warship, or at the exhibition part, pretty informative and interactive.
Slavina Bueva - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Super well done and really really cool ships. The docents there are super knowledgeable and have really great info. I took the tour of the battle ship it was about an hour but it was really fun to learn about the ships history!
jasper taunt - in the last week

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5 Star Rating We had an extraordinary experience there. The day that we visited the museum was a public holiday and we had been waiting 30 min to get to the submarine. It was worthy to wait that long queue. Staff and volunteers are friendly and they were passionate about their job. They knew all the stuff about the vessel that they were representing, if you want to know more just ask the crew.
Moie G Ara - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating I would like to thank the kind, responsible and professional staffs here. When my mobile phone unfortunately and desperately fell into a small bottomless gap in the submarine, they tried to get beneath the dusty deck and miraculously found it. They are heroes. The ship exhibitions here are indeed amazing, but keep your phone in your pocket, especially in the submarine!
lhr2233 - a month ago

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Sydney Light Rail - L1Pyrmont Bay1 minute
L2. T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall17 minutes

How to get to Australian National Maritime Museum by Train

By Light Rail - L1: exit at Pyrmont Bay MLR Stop. The museum is across Murray Street (east) from the station..

By Train and Bus: exit at Town Hall Station and turn right (north) into George Street, left on Park Street, right on York Street then left on Market Street. When you see the pedestrian ramp on your left follow it up and walk across the Pyrmont Bridge. Alternatively, board the 443 bus on York Street which will take you right to the Museum.

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