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Australian National Maritime Museum

Address: 2 Murray St Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9298 3777

Tags: sailing, seafood, outside area, water view, wheelchair access, art, education, museum, science, boating, kids activities

Ever wonder comparing the art from land and art from sea? Art is art, but it all forks the road with regards to where it came from. Not just your ordinary museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum, at the Darling Harbour, houses an array of art, with a coverage blanketing as far as history could take us.

As a legal authority under the Australian Government, the maritime museum art pieces range from the aborigines of Australia to the navy. You could also find pieces of passengers of convicts to regular people, even the commerce at sea. Exhibitions like the photographic and art features of the Tasman light and the mechanism and lens of the lighthouse. Or you could browse thru their extensive collection of artifacts.

The space at the quayside showcases the armada of boats and ships, which includes the 1920 Krait, Z Special Forces Commando Raider of World War II, which is actually loaned by the Memorial of the Australian War, the Daring Class destroyer, HMAS Vampire used in 1956, the James Craig Merchant ship of 1874, even an Oberon class submarine, the former Royal navy ships of Australia.

And if you get famished while on tour, you could take a detour at Yots Cafe, open air, relaxing and has a stunning view of the Darling Harbour and order up some snacks or lunch for heavy biters, like the prawns flambeed with Pernod, garlic and dill served with a side of snow peas.

Whether it’s a high sea adventure you seek or an educational school tour you wish, the museum will surely make the history a thing of the past no more.

The Australian National Maritime Museum, a maritime museum operated as a statutory authority of the Australian Government, is located at Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales.

The ANMM's main exhibits are housed in a building that has galleries covering: Australian Aborigines; Navigators - defining Australia; Passengers - the long sea voyage, from convicts to boat people; Commerce - the working sea; Navy - protecting Australia; Watermarks - adventure, sport & play; Australia-USA - linked by the sea; Tasman Light features art and photographic exhibitions and the lighthouse lens and mechanism; The Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse.

The wharf space features the fleet of ships and boats, including: Krait (1920s), the World War II Z special forces commando raider (on loan from the Australian War Memorial), Carpentaria, an unmanned lightship (1917), ex-Royal Australian Navy ships - HMAS Onslow, an Oberon Class submarine (1968); HMAS Vampire, a Daring Class destroyer (1956), HMAS Advance, an Attack Class patrol boat (1968), the sail merchant ship James Craig (1874) and the Endeavour replica.

Other notable watercraft are: Ken Warby's boat Spirit of Australia that holds the current World water speed record 317.5696 mph (511.11 km/h); Barcelona Olympic Games gold medal winning double scull Barcelona and coxless four Australian Olympic Committee.

A cafe offers seafood-oriented, open-air eating at the water’s edge, while the shop sells books, nautical knick-knacks and, if you really want to splash out, sailing packages with qualified skippers. $15-$30 for special exhibits & vessels.



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