Australia owes almost everything to the sea, so it’s not surprising that there’s a museum dedicated to seafarers and ships, from Aboriginal vessels to submarines. Twice a year, more names are added to the museum’s migrant Welcome Wall, which celebrates the arrival of waves of migrants as part of Australia's maritime history. There are now more than 25,000 names from 206 countries on the wall. The museum’s “Big Ticket” gives access to everything, including the Australian navy destroyer Vampire, an Oberon Class submarine; a replica of the Endeavour, the ship Captain James Cook commanded when he laid claim to Australia; and the tall ship James Craig; as well as all the galleries, exhibitions, the Cape Bowling Green lighthouse, and the Kids on Deck program (Sundays and school holidays). You’ll find ships’ logs and things to pull and tug at and clamber over—kids love it! Allow 2 hours.
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray St, Darling Harbour
Our Rating Hours Daily 9:30am–5pm (until 6pm in Jan) Transportation Ferry: Darling Harbour Phone 02/9298 3777 Prices Admission to galleries and exhibitions A$7 adults, A$3.50 children 5–15, A$17.50 families. Admission to galleries, exhibitions, ships, and Kids on Deck A$27 adults, A$16 children, A$70 families Web site Australian National Maritime Museum Other Free admission to galleries and exhibitions on the first Thurs of the month (except during school holidays). Closed Christmas Day.