National Maritime Museum, Sydney

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    National maritime museum

    by mallyak Written Apr 30, 2008

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    The Australian National Maritime Museum has thousands of exhibits depicting Australia's history - from ancient times when Aboriginal people trapped fish and traded with Asian neighbours, right up to the present. Visitors can see what life was like on the convict ships; how Australia "rode on the whale's back"; how its first submarine fought bravely (and lost) in World World I at Gallipoli; what people packed when they sailed to a new life on these shores; why surfboards have become shorter; and more. There are displays, hands-on exhibits, a cinema and the latest museum computer games. Guided tours at no cost.
    Visitors can go aboard the HMAS Vampire, the former Royal Australian Navy destroyer. A guided tour shows how the crew lived, worked and relaxed.

    Also on display is Australia II, winner of the 1983 America's Cup; relics of Captain Cook's Endeavour; the famous World War II commando boat Krait; a sleek racing cutter of 1888; a Vietnamese refugee boat that made the hazardous sea voyage to Australia and a pearling lugger from Broome, a far north-western seabord town which is now a booming tourist destination.

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    by martin_nl Updated Nov 21, 2004

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    This is a great museum. Don't take the guided tour, for it is boring, but explore the museum yourself. The parts I was most interested in was the explorers part. Mainly because the Dutch were the first Europeans to discover Australia. There are quite some displays about this and a lot of other history of Australia. For a long time Australia was even called New Holland. There are also exhibits that focus on the surfculture and watersports, the navy, the aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

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    by bijo69 Written Apr 6, 2006

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    If you're interested in boats and ships, this is the place to visit in Sydney. It traces back Australia's maritime history from Aboriginal canoes to submarines and racing yachts.
    Admission is free/by donation for the museum itself. Charges apply if you want to visit the boats/ships moored nearby, like the submarine HMAS Onslow or the destroyer HMAS Vampire.
    The museum is open 7 days a week from 9.30 am to 5pm (6pm in January).

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    Tall ship and navy ships

    by martin_nl Written Jan 19, 2004

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    The only part of the National Maritime Museum that you have to pay for are actually not in the museum. You have to pay three dollars to take a look at the tall ship, which is a replica of James Cook's Endeavour and 6 dollars to get onto the navy ship and submarine. From the navy ship you get some great views from Darling Harbour and in the submarine you can experience how small everything is. Don't go in there if you're claustrophobic!!

    There is not so much to see in the tall ship, so I recommend to just take a look at it from the outside and safe yourself some 3 dollars, for which you can buy a drink or an icecream.

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    The Maritime Museum. If you do one thing, do this.

    by dlandt Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    OK, I spent several years in the Navy so I like to see this stuff, but I thinks its a must see. The Australian Maritime museum isn't as large and doesn't have the depth of the one in Amsterdam, but it makes up for this by having more ships and boats open tothe public. Part of their institutional charter is to restore and preserve older vessels, and you can see them, even if not all are open to the public. The restoration rooms requirte a guided tour. They have here an older destroyer and a submarine, the HMAS Vampire and the HMAS Onslow. Both of these are accessible to the public with a museum ticket and they have cheerful, volunteer guides to show you around. Alternatively, you can wander through as you will. Certain sections, like the engineroom are sealed off for safety reasons, but you can go to most of the exciting parts, like the gun turrets and bridge. Inside the museum they have several exhibits devoted to colonial settlement, the fishing industry, ocean transport, migration and of course the navy. Downstairs is the section devoted to WWII. I found this to be an interesting, educational stop that taught me quite a bit about the history of Australia in general, and its role in WWII in particular. If I were going to do one thing in Sydney, this would be it.

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    by namidub Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    This museum offers FREE ENTRY to visitors to learn more about the maritime history in Australia but a navy ticket is needed if you were to get into these 3 ships : A submarine HMAS Onslow, destroyer warship HMAS Vampire and a captain-cook style of ship- tall ship James Craig.
    Navy ticket : Adult $18 Child $9

    For better deal refer to my See Sydney Travelogue

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    THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW at D MARITIME MUSEUM

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    We must have visited this superb maritime museum a number of times but we never get tired of it. When my eldest was a few years old, we got inside a Russian submarine. In my first visit, there was a train inside the museum.

    This time, with my now second (and last having had hysterectomy) son, we got to explore a real Australian destroyer and submarine! There was also a pirate ship but we didn't have enough time to visit it. There was also the exhibit from Europe of the the first ICEMAN!

    There's always something interesting at the Australian Maritime Mseum so if you're eve in Sydney, go visit it!

    They also have a good cafe serving what else? Lovely fish and chips!

    Cheers, see ya there!

    Borading HMS Onslow a good view of Harbour Bridge from the museum one of the ships on exhibit join a guided tour of thre Destroyer exhibit of Europe's Ice Man
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    by globetrott Written Oct 19, 2014

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    The National Maritime Museum was my favorite attraction of Darling Harbour: there are some exhibits INside and some really giant exhibits as well OUTside, docked on the pier
    and you will see ships of all sized there, including a large ship of the Navy, the destroyer HMAS Vampire and a submarine, the HMAS Onslow, next to it.
    When you are interested in Tall ships, you will enjoy the "James Craig" and of course there is also a replica of the ship that had taken James Cook to Australia, the Endeavour !
    The visit of the National Maritime Museum is free of charge, so you can also visit some parts of these exhibits every day and dont have to spend the whole day there !
    Even the guided tours are free of charge and there is a movie as well in the museum.
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    The National Maritime Museum is free of charge
    and open daily except for December 25th:
    09:30am - 05.00pm AND in January open untill 06.00pm
    Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm

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    Tall Ship James Craig

    by globetrott Written Oct 19, 2014

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    James Craig

    James Craig is a traditional three-mast sailingship that was built in England in 1874. The hull is made of iron and it was on service for transportations from England to overseas places around the world like Australia, New Zealand & the Americas.
    The James Craig was sailing around Cape Horn 23 times, before it was damaged in 1932. Then it was sold varous times and finally restored for the National Maritime Museum, where you can see it nowadays as one of the highlights and you will be able to enter the ship free of charge, just like the rest of the museum as well !
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    The last boarding time for Tall Ships is 4.10pm !!!
    The National Maritime Museum is free of charge
    and open daily except for December 25th:
    09:30am - 05.00pm AND in January open even untill 06.00pm

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    HMB (Bark) Endeavour

    by sirgaw Written Apr 25, 2012

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    Although this tip has been placed on my Sydney page, my visit to the ship was in Melbourne. The HMB Endeavour is based in Sydney and is part of the excellent Australian National Maritime Museum. The ship is regularly ‘on a voyage’ as it was in April 2012 and Melbourne was just one of the many stops in the modern day 13 month circumnavigation of Australia from April 2011 to May 2012. Strongly suggest you consult official web site prior to visiting as ship may not be in port – however the Australian National Maritime Museum and the other ships in ‘port’ are well-worth visiting
    HM Bark Endeavour is a replica of the ship as sailed on James Cook’s first major voyage 1769 – 1771 and was built in Freemantle, Western Australia, and launched in 1993 and since she was launched has probably covered more distance than the original Endeavour. The replica has sailed around the world twice as well as numerous other voyages.

    The tour of the replica starts on the main deck and then down into the mess deck area including ‘kitchen.’ Sailors’ hammocks are on display. Tour then goes into crawl/crouch mode (chiropractors visit should be included in tour) to arrive at the more salubrious accommodation area for the midshipmen and officers cabins and mess area. Tour proceeded into the marines, servants and young boys’ area before proceeding up a short staircase to the Officers Mess and Gentlemen’s quarters (Joseph Banks paid £10,000 for his passage on board the original Endeavour – estimated to be worth $A20 Million in today’s currency) and then into ‘The Great Cabin’ where replicas of charts made by Lt James Cook are on display on the magnificent oak table. There is a representative display of plants awaiting Mr Banks inspection.

    The tour concluded on The Quarter Deck where the ships wheel and other sailing ship requirements are visible. We learnt that there are 29 kilometres of rope used onboard Endeavour and the ship is a fine example of modern crafts used to construct a ship from the 18th century. It is well worth visiting in Sydney or any port where the ship berths.

    Below is a few of the many web links for further reading/research.

    Wikipedia Article - European exploration of Australia
    CAPTAIN COOK'S JOURNAL, FIRST VOYAGE
    Wikipedia Article - HM Bark Endeavour Replica

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    Gray day in Melbourne for Endeavour Rear of ship and windows to The Great Cabin The mens mess James Cooks cabin Ships wheel and some of the 29 km of rope
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    THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

    by BerniShand Written Feb 20, 2005

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    there are wonderful exhibits here on all aspects of seafaring from Australia early days up to the present, my favourite was the Passenger exhibition on how life was like on board ship when the only way to Australia was by sea, either travelling first class in luxury or crammed together with all the other immigrants in the steerage class
    there was also a great display of scrimshaw work from the days before whaling was banned
    there are lots of interactive displays and some specially designed for children
    outside there are various boats, ships and a submarine to explore
    this is a wonderfully spacious museum, and entry is free, though there is a charge if you want to look around the warship and submarine moored outside, or visit any featured exhibition
    you can get here by ferry, bus no 456, monorail or Sydney Light Rail [ Pyrmont Bay]
    the museum is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm

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    by lachydragon Written Jun 16, 2004

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    Located in Pyrmont, across from the city side of Darling Harbour it is a pretty good museum in terms of roataion of exibits. They always seem to have something new on here. It is a good place to go and combine a stroll around Darling Harbour and the new developments at Pyrmont. This photo shows the side of the museum and the 'Welcome Wall' in front which is a historical piece celebrating all the migrants who have come to Australia over its 200 year migrantion history (or thousands of years old migration history if you consider the Aboriginal people as coming from South East Asia over the land bridge via PNG!). In this photo you can also get a bit of an idea of their various ships that you can also check out and the cute lighthouse that has become something of an icon of Darling Harbour! Check out their website at http://www.anmm.gov.au/index.htm

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    Ships and lighthouses

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 8, 2013

    Because I am particularly interested in lighthouses, I wanted to visit this museum, but we just didn't get there. This is a shame because apparently it is free on the FIRST THURSDAY of the month (excluding the public & school holidays).. The best I could do was to photograph the Cape Bowling Green lighthouse and Lightship CLS-4 Carpentaria from to top of the tower where we had lunch, and from across Darling Harbour when we went to the Aquarium.

    The Cape Bowling Green lighthouse was originally built in 1874 about 45 miles south of Townsville, Queensland. It is a round wood frame tower covered by galvanized iron sheets. There is a lantern and gallery on top. The lighthouse was relocated twice because of beach erosion and then in 1987, it was replaced by a modern lighthouse, and dismantled and moved to the AMSA with the original 3rd order Chance Brothers lens. Located on the wharf at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour a short distance south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Site and tower open to guided tours daily. Check the schedule by phone before you come.

    The CLS 4 Carpentaria, built in 1917 was an unmanned lightship Lightships are floating lighthouses that aid navigation and warn ships of hazards. They anchor where a permanent light can't be built, beaming powerful lights that run for months. Commonwealth Lightship 4, Carpentaria, was one of four unmanned lightships built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, in 1916-17. It originally used an automatic acetylene light with a sunlight-operated valve to turn it on and off. Painted red with its name in huge letters on the side, it was easily recognisable to navigators. CLS4 retired in 1985 after a close encounter with container shipping in Bass Strait almost sent the sturdy, steel-hulled vessel to the bottom. It is a single-masted steel lightship; with a round cylindrical light tower with lantern amidships. It was replaced by a modern ship.

    Open daily 9.30 am - 5 pm (6 pm in January)
    Closed Christmas Day, 25 December
    Vessels open at 10 am, last boarding 4.10 pm
    Galleries & Exhibitions Ticket
    Adult $7 Child $3.50 Family $17.50

    Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse from the AMP tower Lightship CLS-4 Carpentaria Lightship and HMB Endeavour replica Maritime Museum from the other side of the harbour water level view of Cape Bowling Green lighthouse
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