The last of the big gun ships
Climb aboard the HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum vessel and the last of the country's big gun ships.
HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum vessel, is the last of the country's big gun ships. After this, Australia's fighting ships were equipped with missile weaponry.
The Daring class were the largest destroyers built in Australia. Their strong, light construction combined high speed with maximum armament.
Vampire served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1959 to 1986. Its arsenal included:
Despite this armament, Vampire had a peaceful career, even while escorting troops to Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1977, Vampire had a brush with royalty as the RAN escort for HMY Britannia during the Queen's Silver Jubilee tour of Australia. In 1980, it was refitted as a RAN training ship.
Explore the danger and drama of life on board Vampire in Action Stations, our all-new immersive experience.
Open daily, 9.30am–5pm (last boarding at 4.10pm)
Please be advised we are undergoing some major repairs on board HMAS vampire. These areas at the left rear of the ship and will not be accessible. These works will be performed on a weekly basis Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday until further notice.
HMAS Vampire will be closed from Thursday 9 August - Wednesday 19 September 2018 to go into Dry-Dock.
Buy a Big Ticket online or when you arrive (see our Admissions page for prices and to book your tickets) which includes entry to all visitor spaces as well as tours (both guided and self-guided) of HMAS Vampire and Submarine HMAS Onslow.
Our Plan Your Visit page has everything you need to know about a trip to the museum.
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Why is the ship called 'Vampire'? Take a guided tour of this fascinating ship to find that out and more! Imagine life onboard, view the crucial workings of the ship, then experience Action Stations in 'A' Gun Bay and listen to recordings of former Vampire sailors' experiences at sea. A tour of both Destroyer HMAS Vampire and Submarine HMAS Onslow is included when you buy a Big Ticket. Ask at the desk about tour times when you arrive.
A free self-guided audio tour of HMAS Vampire is available as a mobile app for iPhone & Android smartphones. The app features 103 minutes of audio and accompanying images that explore different aspects of the ship.
Download the HMAS Vampire App from Google Play.
Download the HMAS Vampire App from the App Store.
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Daring class destroyer
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Submarine: HMAS Onslow
Patrol Boat: HMAS Advance
Tall Ship: James Craig 1874
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
+61 2 9298 3777
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777