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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
+61 8 8981 9702
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

We spent 3 hrs here and we didn't realise how time flew as it was so interesting. Well laid out and exhibits outside. Although it's not a huge museum it is very well planned and we would really recommend a visit.

Thank AliPettengell
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent insight into the attack on Darwin. Plenty of intetactive displays to keep the kids happy. Well worth the money.

Thank Craig W
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Excellent museum about the attacks on Darwin during WW2. A great immersive and interactive experience in the museum and an amazing amount of vehicles and items from the time. A real eye opening experience on a turbulent part of our history.

Thank pantherlee2016
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Wandered in off the bus and founds lots to interest us. The best was the holocaust with eyes n ears covered we fought ww11 ourselves. Even our chair rattled.

Thank Helen J
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This was a somewhat emotional visit - my father served part of his RAAF time (WW2) in Darwin. I typically don't spend long times at "museums" but after three and a half hours my feet gave out and it was time for an ice cream....More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very informative, well laid out displays. Enjoyed having the inside and outside exhibits. Easy walking around outside

Thank Carol T
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Here you have the opportunity to watch old and not so old weaponry, form WW 1 & 2, and the latest Vietnam war. Walk around the area, and have a look inside different buildings. If your interests don't match, do something else. Some would call...More

Thank KongHans1
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Any person interested in history will love this place. It will educate you on how many times Darwin was bombed in the 1940's... aircon and outside exhibits will amaze you.

Thank myhome56
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This visit was very special to me as my Pop served in the RAAF based in Darwin in WW2. I never got to hear his story, so it is through my investigation of his defence records that I discovered his past. This museum is an...More

Thank Melinda M
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Didn't expect the museum to be so informative, interesting and interactive. Very well done, involving visitors in the actual experience of being in Darwin during the bombing on 19th Feb 1942! Also like the external exhibitions and the fact that the old relics have been...More

Thank Jackie P
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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
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)
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.