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Published January 10th 2014
All things sea - real life vessels, galleries, exhibitions
If you love museums then The National Maritime Museum is the place for you.

Situated on the water's edge at Darling Harbour since 1991, this is the place to go for all things sea related. The displays are vast and fascinating. From swimwear through the ages and paddle boats to underwater creatures and the early explorers, this museum has it all.

For children, the Kids Play Room has a wonderful selection of crafty things to make, dress ups and games to play. Kids of all ages will love just hanging out in this colourful space.

The absolute highlight though has to be exploring the real life vessels: HMB Endeavour (replica) and HMAS Vampire (Daring class destroyer, 1956) These large vessels are extraordinary and you can't help but wonder how it would feel to be out at sea on these beasts.

Likewise, squeezing yourself down the long corridor of the HMAS Oberon (Oberon class submarine, 1968) and through the holes from one area to the next, you wonder how do mariners cope being under the sea for months on end in this sausage like contraption?. I would not like it one bit. An extraordinary experience.

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Why? A great family day out viewing and exploring all things sea related.
When: Every day 9.30 am - 5.00 pm (6.00 pm in January) Closed 25 December (Christmas Day)
Phone: 61 2 9298 3777
Where: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Cost: Galleries and Exhibitions: $7 adults / $3.50 children. The Big ticket includes entry to the galleries, exhibitions, Kids on Deck and entry to the real life vessels: $27 adults / $16 children
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