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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 8 December 2016

I’m seriously spending-averse (in other words I'm a tight-wad) whose idea of a good venue includes free admission or donation - plus I’ve seldom been whelmed by museums and similar. Nevertheless I have no regrets opening my wallet at this place. I thought it an...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This experience has recently been refurbished and a section on the Flying Doctors added with a real Pilates 12 aircraft on display inside. Wonderful 3D helmets showing the attack on Darwin on Feb 1941 and a number of other holographic displays. Great fun that will...More

Thank Champagneoclock
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Had a good morning out with our family and really enjoyed our visit. There was so much to look at! A little overpriced for our whole family to go though

Thank Sara M
Reviewed 27 November 2016

The story of the Japanese bombing of Darwin, which occurred just 10 weeks after Pearl Harbour and received twice the number of bombs, is worth visiting. Informative. Has a short film and tells the story of the defense of the north in WW2. This event...More

Thank FergusPS
Reviewed 23 November 2016

this place is displaying the history of when the war came to australia and is the type of history that should be taught in our schools is well set out and presented.

Thank K8709FKjohnw
Reviewed 22 November 2016

We visited this museum as part of the Bombing Of Darwin WWII Tours. Having a father serve on Horn Island, Torres Strait, made this museum doubly emotional. The movie on the bombing of Darwin was very real, showing real photographs and footage. The outside display...More

Thank KarenR1952
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

There is an entrance fee to this Museum but well worth it. There is so much memorabilia to see and also a short video on the bombing of Darwin. Would thoroughly recommend going here.

Thank Rainbowbeliefs
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Worth going to see and very educational amazing how many people do not know how much Darwin was attacked during WWII

Thank philsuth63
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Very interesting and informative. A very pleasant surprise. Amazing film clips of the Darwin bombing. Highly recommend a visit here.

Thank LM1707
Reviewed 13 November 2016

I knew Darwin had been bombed but this museum brought home to me the fact that it was bombed twice as well as other towns. The exhibits include displays, period equipment, guns and vehicles plus a lot of information that was once kept secret by...More

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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.