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Australian National Maritime Museum

  • Museums
  • Darling Harbour
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Time Out says

Discover more about Sydney's relationship with the sea at this surprising museum

For a city whose history has always been entwined with its harbour, the sea and water travel, it comes as no surprise that this museum is one of the finest when it comes to maritime treasures. The museum’s collection captures such themes as defence, exploration, trade, adventure sport and play. The vessels on display include the submarine HMAS Onslow, the big gun destroyer HMAS Vampire and, when they're in port, the 1874 tall ship James Craig and the magnificent replica of Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavour.

Yots Café (open daily 10am-5pm; 02 9298 3672) offers seafood-oriented, open-air eating at the water’s edge, while the museum store sells books, nautical knick-knacks and themed gifts.


2 Murray St
Darling Harbour
Up to $32
Opening hours:
Daily 9.30am-5pm (or 6pm in Jan); closed Christmas Day

What’s on

One Ocean – Our Future

  • Exhibitions

Did you know that the ocean covers about 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface? Or that the ocean supplies 50 per cent of the air we breathe? How about that more than 80 per cent of the ocean has never been explored, mapped or even seen by humans?  What we’re trying to say is that the ocean is full of mysteries – but a new exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum may just be able to help shed some light on the deep, dark secrets that lurk below the surface. Our Ocean – Our Future has been developed by the museum’s ocean science team, and is officially part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science and Sustainable Development. It is also a USA Program supported by the USA Bicentennial Gift Fund. This incredible exhibition aims to provide an insight into how a changing climate, overfishing and pollution are affecting the ocean and, ultimately, our future.  There are a bunch of cool things to check out: you’ll be able to inspect and manipulate 3D visualisations of five extraordinary deep-sea specimens, and contemplate the climate record contained in a real Antarctic ice core. You can hear about the impacts of our evolving planet and ocean from key witnesses, and learn how two centuries of analysing and examining the ocean has given us the knowledge to make changes for the better.  Another highlight is the chance to marvel at the diversity of our country’s marine life as revealed by Schmidt Ocean Institute's 2020 circumnavigation of Australia aboard the researc

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Galleries

While the weather has been unpredictable at best, with winds and rain set to disrupt plans for the foreseeable future, there is one failsafe place you can go to commune with nature in comfort. Sydney is taking temporary custody of the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. On loan from London’s Natural History Museum, this world-class collection of mesmerising images will be housed at the Australian National Maritime Museum from April 8. The most prestigious photography event of its kind, Wildlife Photographer of the Year focuses our attention on the beauty and fragility of the natural world. Over 50,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers all over the planet have been whittled down to a collection of just over 100 exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Seven winning Australian photographers made the cut this year.  This collection showcases not only the best of the natural world, but the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so that they can get that one incredible shot.  Put on your best Sir David Attenborough impression as you browse this spectacular collection of intimate animal portraits and astonishing landscapes, showcasing the beauty and diversity of nature and reflecting the environmental challenges the planet is experiencing, as well as the patience, ingenuity and talent of the phot

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