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Defence of Darwin Experience

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history. The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'. The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe. The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more. The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory. The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII. Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities.
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5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
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"interactive displays"
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"military museum"
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"vietnam war"
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"bombing raids"
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"pearl harbour"
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"gun emplacements"
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"short film"
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"australian history"
in 44 reviews
"second world war"
in 33 reviews
"personal stories"
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"air raid"
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"an eye opener"
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"well worth the visit"
in 51 reviews
"on display"
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"hop on hop off bus"
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"great displays"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Allocate 2hrs for this, especially if you are aussie, english or american. They have a cafe as well, bonus. Worth the small entry fee of $34 per couple for sooo much stuff to visit/lookat/absorbe/experience. As an aussie, one who had a g g uncle lose...More

Thank Hart D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inside displays quite good but outside many badly in need of restoration. The site is the WW2 defence of Darwin military reserve complete with many gun emplacements and other structures.

Thank DJT111
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Museum was well presented and informative. Lots to see so allow a couple of hours at least. Well worth it.

Thank Helen W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent an enjoyable and informative afternoon here. Good theatre were there is an amazing video production of the bombing of Darwin.. Lots of history of Australia's involvement in WW11 on home soil.

Thank philgey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place that should not be missed on any visit to Darwin. They have kept the history of the all the wars, especially World War2. It's full of amazing information and exhibits. Its great how they have kept there history in tact for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The virtual reality experience of the bombing of Darwin is exceptional. The displays, 3D story telling along with the short hologram film brings the bombing of Darwin to life for all who visit. I felt the RFDS section was lacking but the hologram film of...More

Thank pirana53
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very educational experience bringing to life the wartime experiences of those in Darwin. Travelling in the old army vehicle was great fun, and the audio and commentary were excellent. The driver/ host was knowledgeable and professional and punctual. The amenities at the...More

Thank Lyn H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly enjoyed this place and I learnt a lot about the bombing. It’s a sad thing to read about but great place to take the kids to show them what has happened to our country and what we can do to re build Australia

Thank petie241
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a great place to get information on the sad history behind Darwin and WWII 1942. The interactive section was great and the short film gave a good insight into what it would have been like on the morning of 19/02/1942.

Thank Simone B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Various multimedia displays. Proves good details and first hand accounts. Out the back are lots of guns, displays, cars and trucks to have a look at. Very shady out back. Cafe very plain.

Thank gracethered
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flybysts
18 February 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
The Museum is approx. 15 kilometres from the wharf and as such too far to walk. Means of transport to the Museum are taxi or tour bus as there is no public transport to East Point
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Barb E
21 January 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
Hi The Museum is open from 10am to 3:30pm 7 days per week during the 'wet season' (now until 30th March)
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BarbSydney
30 July 2016|
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Response from JvR-MvR | Reviewed this property |
You could take the hop-on, hop-off bus which goes right past the waterfront. You could also contact the museum. See details on their website: defenceofdarwin.nt.gov.au Hope this helps.
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