Australian National Maritime Museum Big Ticket

  • Sydney
  • English
  • Flexible. Up to 2 hour
  • Instant Confirm

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. All exhibitions and activities
  • 2. The immersive Action Stations experience
  • 3. The vessels, including the HMAS Onslow, HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance, tall ship HMB Endeavour (when in port),SY Ena, one of the finest Edwardian steam yachts in the world, and James Craig 1874 (when in port)
  • 4. Hands-on arts and craft activities in Kids on Deck (available on Sundays or every day during NSW school holidays)
  • 5. Under-5s play zone
  • 6. The 3D Cinema
  • 7. Cape Bowling Green lighthouse (when available)
  • 8. Daily guided tours
From AUD
$32.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. All exhibitions and activities
  • 2. The immersive Action Stations experience
  • 3. The vessels, including the HMAS Onslow, HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance, tall ship HMB Endeavour (when in port),SY Ena, one of the finest Edwardian steam yachts in the world, and James Craig 1874 (when in port)
  • 4. Hands-on arts and craft activities in Kids on Deck (available on Sundays or every day during NSW school holidays)
  • 5. Under-5s play zone
  • 6. The 3D Cinema
  • 7. Cape Bowling Green lighthouse (when available)
  • 8. Daily guided tours

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to selected hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination Sydney
Address 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000
How to get there ● By Train
Train to Town Hall station and walk across Pyrmont Bridge

● By Bus
Bus 389 from North Bondi, via Bondi Junction and Town Hall, set down at Museum entrance

● By Ferry
Sydney Ferries' services to Pyrmont Bay Wharf depart from Circular Quay Wharf 5 about every half an hour. Please check NSW Transport Info for a full schedule, on 131 500 or www.transportnsw.info

● By Light Rail
Pyrmont Bay station, 2 min walk or The Star station, 5 min walk.
Operating hours
February - December* 09:30 - 17:00 Last boarding time for Vessels is 16:10
January 09:30 - 18:00 Last boarding time for Vessels is 17:10
*Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
What to bring/wear ● Comfortable enclosed, flat and comfortable walking shoes. High heels are not permitted on the museum's vessels. Open-toed shoes, sandals and thongs are discouraged.
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
Other info ● Adults are not permitted to carry infants and children in arms on the vessels for personal safety reasons.

● Smoking, food, beverages and videography are not permitted on board any vessel or in the lighthouse.

● Photography and cameras are permitted on board vessels and in the lighthouse.

● Large bags should be deposited at the Museum's cloakroom before boarding or visiting the lighthouse and vessels. Cloakroom service is provided free of charge.

● Children must be at least 90cm in height to board HMB Endeavour replica, submarine HMAS Onslow and some visiting vessels (ask at the ticket desk regarding visiting vessels upon arrival).

● Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult when boarding the vessels.

● Last boarding times and vessel availability are subject to change without notice

● Sometimes the Museum may need to temporarily close areas/vessels for maintenance, improvements or safety reasons. Please check with the Museum for updated information before travel.

● For visitor safety, when the temperature reaches 36° Celsius all vessels will be closed. If it looks like a it's going to be a hot day, come early and see the vessels first. Check with the Museum friendly staff if you're unsure. If extreme wet weather hits, all vessels will be closed for visitor safety. If it's looking like a rainy day, check with the Museum staff. There's still lots of amazing things to enjoy inside the museum though, so don't let rain stop you from visiting!

● Movies showing at the 3D cinema are related to and depend on the exhibitions currently available at the Museum. Please check the Museum's website for up-to-date information

2 Overview

The Big Ticket is our best-value deal. Enjoy unlimited access* to everything open at the museum on the day of your visit.
(* Terms and conditions apply. Please check "Other Information" Section)

Australian National Maritime Museum Big Ticket

The Australian National Maritime Museum is Australia's national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. The museum presents a changing program of stimulating exhibitions and events to share Australia's maritime history and connect the stories, objects, people and places that are part of the country's narrative. The Museum welcomes over 850,000 visitors annually including families, interstate and international tourists. Over 13,000 members support the museum and regularly enjoy special events and activities.

 

Tours

The knowledgeable guides will help you unearth the stories of Australia's maritime past and present, bringing to life the stories behind the many fascinating objects housed around the museum and on the spectacular vessels. A range of tours are on offer to suit all ages, interests and amount of time you have free to explore. However, tours are subject to availability so make sure to check what's available when you arrive at the museum so you don't miss out.

    • Behind the Scenes

      Learn about the changing history of Darling Harbour, see the conservation laboratory, ship model workshop and marvel at the large open plan storage spaces which house over 100,000 objects rarely seen on public display.

      This is an exciting chance to hear from expert guides about the inner workings of the Sydney Heritage Fleet and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

      • Included in Big Ticket
      • Currently tours are being held at 12 noon on Thursdays. Please check with the Museum for up-to-date times before travel
      • Meet at 11:55 at the Front Desk (white building) or 12:05 at the Wharf 7 Desk.
      • Duration: 45 minutes

 

  • Mini Tours

    Take a 20-minute mini tour with one of the volunteers delving into the following themes:

    • Songlines: ancient journeys with an unexpected ending
    • Sails: seafarers and the big global competition
    • Steamers: new arrivals on the shores
      • Included in Big Ticket
      • Duration: 20 minutes
      • Please check with Front Desk for tour times

         

  • HMAS Vampire Tour

    Climb aboard the HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum vessel and the last of the country's big gun ships. Many of the volunteers who run this tour are ex-Navy and love sharing their own experiences of life aboard a RAN vessel. Enjoy this truly unique opportunity to explore a real ex-navy destroyer and find out about the lives of the sailors who worked aboard this ship in a fascinating 45-minute tour.

    • Included in Big Ticket
    • Duration: 45 minutes
    • Please check with Front Desk for tour times

       

  • Meet the Fleet Tour

    Join one of the knowledgeable volunteers on a tour which could include Akarana, Carpentaria, MB 172 Epic Lass, John Louis, Kathleen Gillett, Krait, Thistle, and Tu Do. Note: the tours are conducted from the pontoons, not on board.

    • Included in Big Ticket
    • Please check with Front Desk for tour times

 

Action Stations

Action Stations is an exciting new way to experience the compelling history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Explore the danger and drama of military life at sea through a hi-tech and immersive journey that shows the inner workings of the Navy like never before. This exhibition reinterprets and enlivens our much-loved ex-RAN vessels: HMAS Vampire (Daring class destroyer) HMAS Onslow (Oberon class submarine) and HMAS Advance (Attack class patrol boat).

 

Vessels

Climb aboard! Exploring one of the largest, most diverse museum fleets anywhere in the world is an unforgettable experience.

NOTE: Children must be taller than 90cm to go onboard the vessels. On hot days to ensure visitor safety, we close all vessels when the temperature reaches 36° Celsius.

  • HMAS Onslow

    Venture into the secret world of submarine warfare on HMAS Onslow.

  • Destroyer: HMAS Vampire

    HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum vessel, is the last of the country's big gun ships.

  • Patrol Boat: HMAS Advance

    Commissioned in 1968, the hardworking patrol boat HMAS Advance served out of Darwin until 1977

  • Tall Ship: HMB Endeavour

    The Australian-built replica of James Cook's HMB Endeavour is one of the world's most accurate maritime replica vessels.

  • One of the finest Edwardian steam yachts: SY Ena

    Be transported into the luxury of a bygone age aboard Edwardian Steam Yacht Ena.

  • Tall Ship: James Craig 1874

    Come aboard the James Craig – a true restoration of a majestic tall ship (not a replica). One of only four remaining, working 19th century barques in existence.

 

Kids on Deck Activity Space

Play, create and discover in Kids on Deck - a fun filled activity space with art making, games, and dress ups for primary school aged children and their carers.

 

Under 5s Play Gallery

Children will take an imaginative journey from the 'sandy seashore' to 'under the sea' with free-play games, activities and displays specially designed to stimulate growing minds and inspire curiosity.

Created to meet the needs of our youngest learners, it's an exciting new addition to the museum's offering for families and young children. Kids and carers alike will enjoy a mix of modern equipment and toys (as well as timeless favourites!) that help develop literacy, numeracy, spatial awareness, and movement skills.

 

3D Cinema

The curated program of ocean and nature-inspired movies from internationally-respected filmmakers complement current museum exhibitions. Covering everything from great white sharks, mysterious marine creatures, submersible journeys to the deepest point of the sea and experiencing the flight of soaring migratory birds, these films delight and entertain. Escape the everyday and see the world through a new lens!

  • Current Film Program: Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet 
    • From the producers of BBC's Blue Planet II
    • Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet takes you on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, discover the untold stories of the oceans' most astonishing creatures.
    • Running Time: 25 mins
    • Current film program is reference only and subject to change. Please check with the Museum for updated film program before travel.

 

Permanent Exhibitions
  • Navigators: Charting paths of discovery to Australia
  • Navy: The human stories of Australia's naval heritage
  • On the Waterfront
  • Passengers: The long sea voyage to a new land
  • Kay Cottee: First Woman
  • Eora First People: Precious works of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Culture
  • Wharf 7: This history of fun in Sydney Harbour

 

Temporary Exhibitions

Please check with the Museum for more current major temporary exhibitions.

 

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Cancellation Policy

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