Parents’ survival guide

caption: There is plenty to fascinate children, including vessel tours, school holiday programs and interactive displays.

Opening hours

Every day 9.30 am - 5.00 pm (6.00 pm in January). We are closed 25 December (Christmas Day).

What else is on

Check daily tour times, events and activities, and get details and directions, on the interactive touch screen in the museum foyer or visit our What's On guide. The museum also runs special kids' activities:

Ticket prices

Purchase your tickets from the ticket desk in the museum foyer.


Visits involve plenty of walking and boarding vessels, so wear comfortable shoes.

On board our vessels

  • Last boarding on vessels is 50 minutes before closing.
  • All backpacks and large bags must be stored at the museum cloakroom prior to boarding.
  • Children under five years have free entry to all our vessels. Children under 90 centimetres tall are not permitted to board the HMB Endeavour replica or submarine HMAS Onslow.
  • Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult on board all vessels.
  • Our vessels include confined spaces. Some areas are only 1.5 metres (4 feet 6 inches) high.
  • You will be required to climb and descend ladders on all vessels.
  • High-heeled shoes are not permitted on board any vessels.
  • On-board access for people with special needs is limited. Please visit our access guide or phone +61 2 9298 3777 for more information.

Prams and strollers

Strollers may be left at the free cloakroom near the museum entrance. The museum is accessible to strollers and prams via ramps and lifts. Please see our access guide for more info.


Yots café offers bottle warming for diners. There are unisex babycare facilities near the entry foyer and on the lower level.

Food and drink

Children are welcome at Yots café, where you can warm bottles and use highchairs. Yots has a children's menu, great pram access, vegetarian options and delicious meals for parents too! An adjoining kiosk offers sandwiches, light snacks and drinks. Please note that Yots waterside access is unfenced. See our eating and drinking guide for details.

Brought your own lunch? Check the map of Darling Harbour to locate one of the many grassed or waterside areas suitable for a picnic.

Food and drink cannot be consumed in the museum or on museum vessels so take advantage of one of the lovely waterside seating areas around Darling Harbour for a food break.

First aid or lost children

Please go to the Information Desk in the entrance foyer.  

The Store

Take a little bit of us home with you. The museum Store has stacks of booty for little pirates, educational toys, DVDs, books, soft toy animals and heaps more.

Monthly Highlights

highlightAmazing Whales
now showing
highlightBeautiful Whale
life-size photographs
highlightComing to Australia
Post WWII photographs
highlightMini Mariners
Fun for under 5s
highlightSchool Holidays
Whale Season

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