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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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+61 8 8981 9702
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"military museum"
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"interactive displays"
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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"
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"second world war"
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"personal stories"
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"air raid"
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"an eye opener"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is excellent. Not only covers the raids on Darwin in 1942 but has a wide range of exhibits covering all theaters of conflict. Staff friendly and courteous. Small cafe for drinks, coffee and light snacks. Busiest in the morning

Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you like Military history you will not be disappointed. Just take you time and wander through the grounds and stopping at the various exhibits. The bombing of Darwin was one of the wars best kept secrets.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went on the bombing of Darwin tour and part of that is either the military museum or the Air Force Museum in Darwin. So many innocent lives lost it must have been horrific for those that were there at the time.

Thank Wayne L
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is worth a look it explains how Darwin became involved in the second world war also give a small insight into our involvement in the Vietnam war. The exhibitions are excellent, worth a look.

Thank Christine N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was interested to find out more about the WW2 experience of Darwin (the only part of mainland Australia to be bombed by the Japanese) and this museum explained that well and more besides. Worth a visit if this is the kind of thing you...More

Thank Fiona H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommend going in and watching the video in the back straightaway (runs every 20 minutes and lasts for 13 minutes). The museum has in interesting interior (free wifi as well) but the items outside really make it interesting. The Navy building in the back should...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We discovered so much history and were really impressed by the outdoor exhibits. So much has been saved or recovered and refurbished.

Thank Caroler55
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This experience and the associated museum are really interesting and a must see if you are interested in Australian history and in particular the role Darwin played in WW2. The displays are good, however I would have liked to see more of the vehicles exhibited...More

Thank Grant13
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome memorabilia of what Darwin went through, great lot of treasures kept & restored to pass on down from generations to family members.. It’s important to let our young generation now what our future is today for those that went through & many paid the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

i was amazed to think that we learnt more as children about the bombing of Pearl Harbour than we did of our own country's bombing of Darwin - 60 air raids, hard to fathom. The virtual display was brilliant and left me a little teary....More

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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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