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Action Stations at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Join the Action

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Step inside the Immersive Cinema
Feel what it's like to be on board a warship during operations.

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Discovery & Exploration Space
Investigate and bring maritime archaeology, science and history to life.

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Walk on board our 3 ex-Navy vessels 
HMAS Vampire (Destroyer)
HMAS Onslow (Submarine)
HMAS Advance (Patrol Boat)

Explore the danger and drama of Navy life through a museum experience like no other.

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Plan Your Visit

Address & opening hours

2 Murray St, Sydney (Darling Harbour)

Open: 9.30am - 5.00pm (6.00pm in January) daily except Christmas Day (25 December).

Last boarding time for Vessels: 4.10pm

Getting here

Within walking distance of Sydney's CBD, we're also easily accessible by bike, bus, train, light rail, ferry and all day car parking is available nearby.

See our Getting here page for details.

More info

Check out our Plan your visit page for complete information on admission, getting here, eating and drinking, group visits, accessibility and more.

Phone: +61 2 9298 3777


Share Your Memories with Us

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    "At last the ship began to move. My first time at sea and I was below the waterline in an environment over which I had no control..." Read More
  • story02 Vampire in service
    "For the next seven months we sailed the Far East and spent Christmas in Hong Kong. Being a young 17-year-old sailor, it was the trip of a lifetime..." Read More
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    As a cook, I was never allowed into the special Radio Room aka the 'Bat Cave'. A hand would come out and take our offerings!.. Read More

Did you serve on one of our Navy vessels – HMAS Vampire, HMAS Onslow or HMAS Advance?

Action Stations is all about giving visitors insights into life in the Royal Australian Navy so we’d love to share your favourite memories online.

Perhaps you remember the camaraderie, the open ocean or overseas ports, the letters from home or something particular about the vessels themselves.

If so, please get in touch with us via email or phone +61 2 9298 3777.

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