See & Do

Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street
Darling Harbour
Opening Hours

9.30am - 5pm daily
General Entry Free

*Days and times may vary due to COVID-19 restrictions. View museum website or call ahead before you visit.

Map, showing Australian National Maritime Museum

History and the ocean combine at the Australian National Maritime Museum, one of the most fascinating things to do in Sydney.

Being a massive, remote island continent at the bottom of the world has its advantages. For one, Australia has an incredibly rich and fascinating maritime history, from 1606 when the first European landed on its shores, to 1939 and beyond when our navy played a key part in WW2. 

A visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum is the thing to do in Sydney if you want to learn more about our country’s long and colourful history at sea. The museum itself is an architectural wonder, built to resemble the smooth contours of a ship’s hull and occupying a prime harbourside spot in the heart of Darling Harbour.

Inside the museum, you’ll find a selection of exhibitions and events that tell the stories of Australia’s history at sea. That includes one of the largest collections of floating historical vessels in the world, including a replica of Captain Cook’s famous HMB Endeavour (which you can board and explore), the navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, and even a massive former navy submarine named the HMAS Onslow. 

Once you’re done wandering around submarines and warships, there are several intriguing exhibitions including art, photography, historical artifacts and more. These include objects that tell stories of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people’s connection to the ocean. 

The Australian National Maritime Museum isn’t just for history buffs or boaties. There’s something for everyone here - even the kids. If you’re wondering what’s to do in Darling Harbour and you haven’t seen it yet, this impressive collection of fascinating marine history is a must-do!