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Defence of Darwin Experience

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Address: 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
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+61 8 8981 9702
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The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on...

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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very informative war history experience

Well laid out and tastefully done. A real learning experience. Even for the kids, the information was well pitched and the air conditioning was a bonus on a stinking hot day!

Reviewed 26 July 2016
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Well laid out and tastefully done. A real learning experience. Even for the kids, the information was well pitched and the air conditioning was a bonus on a stinking hot day!

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I really did not have any expectations when I went here, but it was amazingly interesting and well explained. The exhibits are very extensive and include a lot of vehicles and machinery in the yard and sheds out the back. We stayed about 3 hours and could have stayed longer if arrangements permitted. There is a small coffee shop selling... More 

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This gives the traveller an insight into what happened during the second world war in Darwin. Has old aircraft and memobelia of the time.

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Gosford, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great audio visual presentation of the Bombing of Darwin plus some good examples of war equipment. Very worth the visit

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I last visited this complex about 15 years ago and it has under gone a lot of change since. The defensive complex outside of the museum has deteriorated a little but you'd expect that after 71 years! The museum itself is quite different and the audio-visual presentation gives a good feel of what it must have been like to be... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

It takes about 90 min to 2 hours to view all the exhibitions. It's pretty much like most other war museums. They have a lot of artifacts and memorabilia with an interesting short film/light show of the day Darwin was attacked by the Japanese in WWII. They did a pretty good job with the restoration and they have some interesting... More 

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Hillarys, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very interesting and well appointed, lovely resturant on site, we got to this location as one of the stops on the double decker tourist bus.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

To see what the soldiers went through very moving and a few tears well worth a look and to remember why we are so lucky now

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

A wonderful museum which honours all three of the Armed Services. It does have a primary focus on the bombing of Darwin in 1942, but there is also much that pays tribute to Australia’s defence forces in other theatres of war also. One of the real attractions of this museum is that much of it is interactive (and invites interaction).

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

My two boys 8 and 12 really got a lot out of this. The short movie and excellent exhibits bring the story to life in a way the kids could well understand - well done

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