Australian National Maritime Museum

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Australian National Maritime Museum
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2 Murray St.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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No harbor city would be complete without a maritime museum, and Sydney's is one of the best. Here, you can view exhibits about everything from fish X-rays to pirates, but that's just scratching the surface. The standout at this maritime museum is the ships docked in Darling Harbour. All are open to museumgoers to board and explore. Notable vessels include the HMAS Vampire, a destroyer ship; the HMAS Onslow, a submarine; and the Akarana, an 1800s racing yacht.

Families that have visited the Australian National Maritime Museum praised its diversity of activities for kids. The museum's guides offer a wealth of knowledge about each of the docked ships, and inside, children can participate in an array of kid-friendly events and activities, themed arts and crafts projects and interactive activity trails. And because of the abundance of exhibits offered, many previous museumgoers felt the AU$32 (or about $23) admission fee was more than justified.

Though the property's permanent galleries are free to enter, access to the Australian National Maritime Museum's ships and rotating exhibits requires a Big Ticket. For children and students, a Big Ticket will cost AU$20 (around $14) each; however, children younger than 4 enter for free. To cut costs, groups should consider buying a family ticket, which includes admission for two adults and up to three children. (Admission is included with an iVenture Card.)

Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (6 p.m. in summer), the museum houses restroom facilities and its own open-air cafe, but Darling Harbour's restaurants are also within walking distance. A parking complex (additional fee applies) sits nearby, and for those taking public transit, the No. 389 bus stop and the Pyrmont Bay light rail station are just steps away. For more information, visit the Australian National Maritime Museum website.

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