Even the most intrepid explorers need to plan ahead.

"Awesome place! Just WOW! From a submarine, patrol boat & tall ship plus brilliant exhibits within, there was no shortage of eye catching things to see."

Visitor Jeffrey - via TripAdvisor

It’s easy to get to and around our museum precinct, but to make the most of your visit, get to know the museum before you arrive. You can find everything you need to know in our helpful guides below, and if you have any questions our friendly staff are happy to answer them when you visit!

There’s always something new to experience at the museum, so be sure to check What’s On before you visit.

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General Tips

We’re open 9.30am to 5pm (6pm in Summer), 364 days a year, only closed on Christmas Day.

Find us in Darling Harbour, next to Pyrmont Bridge, close to Sydney’s CBD. Get here by train, tram, bus or ferry, or park nearby. Learn more.

The museum includes 14 vessels, multiple exhibitions, kids’ activities* and a 3D cinema. Come early in the day to get the most from your visit. If you’ve only got a few hours, our staff can help you with a shorter schedule.
See what’s on to help you plan your visit.
* Note: kids activities may not be available every day. 

See our museum map to start planning your day.

Download our visitor app to put a tour guide in your pocket (and use our free Wi-Fi when you are on site!)

Breakfast or lunch by the water at Yots café, grab a coffee at our kiosk, or bring a picnic to enjoy our beautiful waterfront location. Learn more.

We suggest walking clothes with sensible shoes, as the museum is spread out over a large indoor / outdoor space and our vessels have stairs and ladders that may be narrow or steep. Bring hats and sun protection to prevent sunburn! Forgot your hat? Pop into our store and grab one.

For visitor safety, when the temperature reaches 36° Celsius we close all vessels. If it looks like a it's going to be a hot day, come early and see the vessels first. Check with our friendly staff if you're unsure.

If extreme wet weather hits, we close all vessels for visitor safety. If it's looking like a rainy day, check with our friendly staff or call ahead on (02) 9298 3777. There's still lots of amazing things to enjoy inside the museum though, so don't let rain stop you from visiting!

Our vessels start to close from 3:30pm onwards so please check with our front of house team on arrival to ensure you are able to make the most of your experience. Vessels are also routinely scheduled for maintenance, so please call us on 02 8241 3777 to make sure your favourite is available.

Backpacks, large bags and other items like strollers can be securely checked in with our front desk staff so you can climb on the vessels safely.
Note: Prams and baby carriers are not permitted on board tall ships, warships and submarine.

You can take photos and videos at the museum, but when indoors please refrain from using a flash. We love seeing the museum through your eyes, so please share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us: @sea.museum and using #seamuseum 

Kids have a fantastic time at the museum, with lots of different things to do. However, they must be at least 90cm tall to board vessels. Prams and baby carriers are not permitted on board tall ships, warships and submarine.

Get more out of your visit with a guided tour from one of our famously helpful volunteers. See what tours are on.