Plan Your Visit

Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum

Exterior view of the museum

From roaming our wharves exploring our spectacular fleet of historic vessels, to exploring our collection and fascinating exhibitions, a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum is a big and exciting day out. Make your visit a smooth one with a little pre-planning.

  • Getting Here

    Getting Here

    Located right on Darling Harbour (the Pyrmont side), the Australian National Maritime Museum is walking distance from Sydney’s CBD and easily accessible by car, bike, ferry, bus or train.

    Address

    2 Murray Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    Australia

    Opening Hours

    Daily 9.30 am – 5.00 pm (6.00 pm in January)
    Closed 25 December (Christmas Day)

    Train & Walk

    The museum is a 20–30 minute walk from Town Hall and Central Stations. Walk over the Pyrmont Bridge if you’re coming from Town Hall, or stroll through China Town and Darling Harbour if you’re coming from Central.

    Bike

    The museum is ideally situated to take advantage of Sydney’s developing network of cross-city bike lanes and harbour-side cycleways.  If you’re riding through the CBD there are cycle lanes on College St, Park St, Kent St and King St. A shared bike-pedestrian ramp leads from King St across Pyrmont Bridge directly to the museum. Many cyclists travel in from Centennial Park and Moore Park, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown or around the inner harbour from Jubilee Park to Glebe Point or across the Anzac Bridge. See Ride the City (enter Sydney) for more information.

    Bus/Walk

    If you are coming from Circular Quay (where many hotels are located) you can catch the 443 bus or put on your walking shoes and enjoy a 30-35 minute walk – or catch a ferry. For bus information from Central Station or Town Hall or streets in the CBD, plan your trip here.

    Ferry

    Sydney Ferries' Route F4 services Darling Harbour Loop runs approximately every half hour and stops at the Casino Wharf (5 minutes walk to the museum), Circular Quay Wharf 5, Milson’s Point, McMahon’s Point, Balmain and Darling Harbour’s  King Street Wharf (5 minutes walk over Pyrmont Bay Bridge to the museum).

    The Parramatta Rivercat Route F3 calls at Darling Harbour’s King Street Wharf (5 minutes walk over Pyrmont Bay Bridge to the museum).

    Please note: Pyrmont Bay Wharf will be closed from Wednesday 22 April 2015 for up to five months, weather and maritime conditions permitting. The nearby Casino Wharf (mentioned above) will be open as an alternative during this time.

    Please check timetable for full schedule on Transport Info: 131 500 or transportnsw.info

    Light rail

    Catch the light rail to Pyrmont Bay stop located directly opposite the museum. Visit Transport NSW for more information.

    Discounted Travel on Sundays

    Sundays are great days to visit the museum – especially if you are bringing kids (see Families and Kids). For just $2.50 per person, you can buy a Family Funday Sunday ticket and enjoy unlimited travel by train, bus, ferry and light rail in Sydney, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra areas.

    For the latest timetable information call 131 500 or visit Transport NSW.

    Park Your Car

    Visitors to the museum can park all day for $14 at Harbourside Secure Parking, located at 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont. Remember to get your parking ticket stamped at the museum reception. Parking is also available at Star City Casino, a 5 minute walk to the museum. There is also limited metered street parking near the museum.

    Accessible Parking

    The museum offers 2 dedicated accessible parking space on site. Phone +61 2 9298 3777 to book a parking space. See Accessibility.

    The map below shows transport routes to the ANMM. Click on the blue 'teardrop' markers to get more detailed directions from your starting point to the ANMM main building and Wharf 7. View a larger map.

    Accommodation

    Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, just minutes from the Australian National Maritime Museum and within easy access to central Sydney, Novotel Darling Harbour and ibis Darling Harbour have a range of accommodation options to suit all our visitors.

    Visiting Tips

    What to Wear

    The museum is spread over a large site (indoor and outdoor) so make you wear comfortable shoes. Closed toe/flat shoes are best. Hats and sun protection are also strongly recommended if you plan on spending time exploring our spectacular historical vessels.

    Storage

    The museum is accessible to strollers and prams via ramps and lifts but they are not allowed on the vessels. All backpacks and large bags must be stored at the museum cloakroom, located in our main foyer.

    Taking Photos

    You are welcome to take photos and video in the museum using existing light only (no flash) and for personal, non-commercial use only. Our vessels such as the submarine, lighthouse and ship decks all make for fantastic photo opportunities. Photography and videography are often restricted in special exhibition galleries so please check at the front desk when you arrive. You can share your photos with us on social media.

    Wi-Fi

    Free Wi-Fi is available in the museum.

    Complimentary Guided Tours

    Led by highly knowledgeable volunteer guides, the museum offers guided tours of our world-class vessel fleet, exhibitions and collections. Ask at museum’s reception on the day. NB: Guided tours are subject to availability.

    Vessels at the museum wharfFamily of Four wharfside at the museumAdult male purchasing an entry ticket to the museumFamily of four at the front desk in the foyer of the museum
  • Eating & Drinking

    Eating & Drinking

    Buy healthy and delicious food at the museum’s café or takeaway kiosk or bring your own picnic lunch to eat on the museum’s harbour-side terrace.


    Yots Café

    Yots Café offers relaxed, open-air café dining and spectacular views of Darling Harbour. Enjoy lunch, sunset drinks or a simple snack. Dine in or takeaway.

    Open 10 am to 5 pm (during January until 6pm).For bookings and enquiries, call +61 2 9298 3672.

    Discounts available for groups of 10 and over. Kids menu, high chairs and bottle warming available.

    Visit Yots Café for lunch before or after visiting our X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out exhibition and enjoy a special seafood menu.


    Kiosk

    The Kiosk offers a variety of sandwiches, turkish breads and healthy snacks as well as barista-made coffee and other beverages. Tables available or takeaway. Open every day from 8 am to 3 pm.

    Located on the right hand side of the main entrance.

    Members Special

    In December, Members will receive 25% off any food item on presentation of their membership card at the Kiosk. Not a Member? Signing up is easy and offers many benefits, see below for more info.


    Bring a Picnic Lunch

    If you want to bring your own lunch, there are picnic tables on the museum’s Ben Lexcen Terrace which has lovely water views over Darling Harbour. Right outside the museum, Pyrmont Bay Park (in front of Wharf 7) is another great spot. A Growers’ Market is held there the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 7am – 11am. Snack on artisan breads, fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet meats, cheeses and baked foods.


    Members Lounge

    Members and their guests holders can enjoy free refreshments served in the private Members Lounge.

    • Located next to the USA Gallery on the ground floor
    • Open daily 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and cordial for the kids
    • Maritime publications to browse and a kids play space
    • Enjoy a warm welcome from our friendly volunteers

    Becoming a Member is a fantastic way to stay connected to everything that’s happening at the museum, meet like-minded people, support us, and save money.


    Venue Hire

    You can hire one of the museum’s magnificent venues (including a ship's deck or harbour-side marquee) for weddings, business events, product launches and social occasions. Full catering and event services are available. See Venue Hire.

    A couple enjoying lunch and a drink in YOTS Cafe2 children enjoying ice creams on teh museums wharfMuscians performing at YOTS CafeA family buying a drink at the kiosk at the museum
  • Families & Kids

    Families & Kids

    Treat the kids to a fascinating day of learning opportunities combined with thrilling adventure! Climb aboard real-life tall ships, warships and a submarine, engage in interactive displays, and take part in hands-on kids activities held during the week, on weekends and school holidays.


    Visiting With Kids

    The museum is a very family-friendly place where kids are guaranteed an awesome time and lots of room to explore. A few handy points:

    • The museum is located in Darling Harbour Sydney which is easily accessible by public transport, bike or by car. If you come on a Sunday using public transport, buy a Family Funday Sunday ticket ($2.50 per person) and enjoy unlimited travel by train, bus, ferry and light rail in Sydney, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra areas. Discounted all-day parking is available for $14 at Harbourside Secure Parking, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont (make sure you get your parking ticket stamped by us). See Getting Here.
    • You can expect lots of walking and climbing so make sure the whole family has comfortable footwear. Closed toe/flat shoes are best (not high-heels).
    • The museum is accessible to strollers and prams via ramps and lifts but they are not allowed on the vessels. You can store your equipment for free in the cloakroom.
    • The museum has baby change rooms.
    • The museum’s kiosk has a takeaway and sit-down menu. Yots Café offers a special kids menu, high chairs and bottle warming. See Eating & Drinking.
    • If you want to bring your own lunch, there are picnic tables on the museum’s Ben Lexcen Terrace which has lovely water views over Darling Harbour. Right outside the museum, Pyrmont Bay Park (in front of Wharf 7) is another great spot. A Growers’ Market is held there the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 7am – 11am. Snack on artisan breads, fresh vegetables, gourmet meats, cheeses and baked foods.
    • The museum has a terrific shop offering stacks of booty for little pirates, educational toys, DVDs, books, soft toy animals and lots more.

    Download free kids app

    Lucy's Adventures, an app from the Australian National Maritime Museum, encourages children to explore our links with the sea through pictures, movies and puzzles. It's a great way for kids aged 3 to 7 to stay entertained, hone important skills, and learn what the museum does.

    Available now on iTunes and Google Play.


    School Vacation Care Groups

    Vacation care groups can enjoy a full day of organised activities every school holidays. Our vacation care program runs from 10 am – 4 pm and includes:

    • Core galleries and exhibitions
    • All Kids on Deck activities
    • Entry to the destroyer HMAS Vampire, the submarine HMAS Onslow and HMB Endeavour.
    • Free entry for 2 adults per 10 children
    • Free bus parking
    • $4 extra/child for 1874 tall ship James Craig.
    • Cost: $10 per child (for groups of 10 children or more)

    For bookings please phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email bookings@anmm.gov.au

    A family on board the museum's navy destroyer HMAS VampireTwo small children at the ship's wheel of the HMB Endeavour replicaSmall child next to a sign near the entrance to the museum's navy submarine  HMAS OnslowA family on board a boat in the museumA family of four enjoying the views from the top of the musuems Cape Bowling Green lighthouse
  • School Excursions

    School Excursions

    The Australian National Maritime Museum is bursting with educational opportunities for school students and offers a truly unique excursion experience for kids and teachers alike.

    Please visit our School Excursions page to find out more.

  • Groups

    Groups

    Visiting groups of 10 people or more enjoy generous admission price and food discounts at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    Discount Off Admission Prices

    Visit with 10 or more people and get 20% off the standard Big Ticket admission prices. See Hours and Admission.

    Complimentary Guided Tours

    Led by highly knowledgeable volunteer guides, the museum offers guided tours of our world-class vessel fleet, exhibitions and collections. If you would like to request a guided tour for your group please call 9298 3777 at least 2 days in advance. NB: Guided tours are subject to availability. 

    Vacation Care/Childcare Groups

    Vacation care or childcare groups can enjoy a full day of organised activities every school holidays. Our vacation care program runs from 10 am – 4 pm and includes:

    • Core galleries and exhibitions
    • All Kids on Deck activities
    • Entry to the destroyer HMAS Vampire, the submarine HMAS Onslow and HMB Endeavour.
    • Free entry for 2 adults per 10 children
    • Free bus parking
    • $4 extra/child for 1874 tall ship James Craig
    • Cost: $10 per child (for groups of 10 children or more)

    For bookings please phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email bookings@anmm.gov.au.

    Free Bus Parking

    Limited bus parking is available at the museum. To book in advance please call 61 2 9298 3777.

    Book a Table

    Book a table for 10 or more at the museum’s Yots Café and receive 10% off your food bill (excludes beverages). Call +61 2 9298 3672 to make a booking and mention that you are visiting the Australian National Maritime Museum as a group. See Eating and Drinking.

    Taking Photos

    You are welcome to take photos and video in the museum using existing light only (no flash) and for personal, non-commercial use only. Our vessels such as the submarine, lighthouse, and ship decks all make for fantastic photo opportunities. Photography and videography are often restricted in special exhibition galleries so please check at the front desk when you arrive. You can share your photos with us on social media.

    Accommodation

    Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, just minutes from the Australian National Maritime Museum and within easy access to central Sydney, Novotel Darling Harbour and ibis Darling Harbour have a range of accommodation options to suit all our visitors.

    Getting Here

    Located right on Darling Harbour (the Pyrmont side), the Australian National Maritime Museum is walking distance from Sydney’s CBD and easily accessible by car, bike or public transport. See Getting Here.

    View a larger map.

    2 Murray Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    Australia

    A couple on board HMB EndeavourA couple near the the entrance to the museum's navy destroyer HMAS Vampire
  • Accessibility

    Accessibility

    The Australian National Maritime Museum is an accessible space with lifts and ramps to most areas including the wharves. Access to our docked vessels is limited.

    Getting Around the Museum

    • There is ramp access into the main museum building via the main entrance.
    • There is lift or ramp access to all exhibition spaces within the main building, and to wharves and the viewing platform outside the museum. There is no wheelchair access on the vessels.
    • Courtesy wheelchairs are available and require a refundable deposit and photo ID. To pre-book a wheelchair, please phone +61 2 9298 3777.
    • Accessible toilets are located on the museum lower level (accessible by lift and walkway) and in the ground level entry foyer.

    Eating & Drinking

    You can buy delicious food and beverages at the museum’s two outlets (Yots Café or the Kiosk) which are both wheelchair accessible. See Eating & Drinking.

    Accessible Parking

    Two dedicated accessible parking spaces are located outside the main entry to the museum. To pre-book parking, please call +61 2 9298 3777.

    Hearing and Vision Impaired Services

    • Audio-induction loops are available in the theatre, main ticket areas and museum meeting rooms. Interactive displays are located throughout the museum.

    Carers' Information

    Carers are offered free access to all our vessels. Please present your carers' card or companion card when purchasing tickets.

    Special Events

    Flags Ahoy! is an annual display at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour Sydney NSW, celebrating International Day of People with Disability (3 December). The program is designed and run in partnership with community and disability groups from across NSW.

    More Information

    If you have a question or comment about access, please phone +61 2 9298 3777.

    If you are deaf, or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service:

    • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 02 9298 3777
    • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9298 3777
    • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 02 9298 3777
    A family arriving by bus to the museumA family arriving by ferry to the museum
  • Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour is a popular harbour-side precinct, a short walk from Sydney’s CBD. It is home to many Sydney tourist attractions, bustling restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping boutiques – and a few quiet spots to rest, ponder or play as well.

    Getting Here

    Darling Harbour can be easily accessed by public transport, bike or car. The National Maritime Museum is located at the northern end of Darling Harbour on the Pyrmont side. See Getting Here.

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    Accommodation

    Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, just minutes from the Australian National Maritime Museum and within easy access to central Sydney, Novotel Darling Harbour and ibis Darling Harbour have a range of accommodation options to suit all our visitors.

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    Panoramic view of Darling Harbour from Pyrmont Bridge

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