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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very pleasant setting - garden walks with lots to see re the memorabilia from WW11. The big gun is impressive.

Thank ChipsBairnsdale
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lot's of outdoor displays made the visit longer than we had expected, but we thought it all very good. The short film of the Darwin bombing was very well done.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We tend to forget how badly Darwin was bombed during ww11. a great reminder, and a lesson on our history for younger Australians.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very interesting exhibition which had many interesting facts and personal insights into the bombing of Darwin during WW2, a part of Australia’s history which is largely unknown outside Darwin.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you enjoy machinery from Wars then. This is the place for you. If you want to find out about Darwin I’m the war then not so much. Some photos and a film that was all made up of photos linked together and coloured. Where...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The bombing of Darwin is obviously a very important event in Australia's history. There is a lot to be learned from this museum and for many Territorians there is significant personal history. I was disappointed that the primary exhibit, a film presentation, was short and...More

Thank Howard A
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The defense of Darwin during WWII was more frontline than many people know or appreciate. This museum serves to redress that and at the same time truly honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. I was most impressed with the collection and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

very informative,learned quite a few new things,the movie sec-ion was really nice, staff where very nice,good exhibit

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Defense of Darwin Exhibition can only be accessed by car, Hop on Hop Off bus or an expensive taxi ride. It seems to be the only attraction in Darwin not serviced by the excellent public bus service. We found the exhibition not as interesting...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Why do our schools not include this piece of Australian history in the curriculum! At least, they don't in NSW. A great exhibit, well planned and full of information about how very close we were to Japanese invasion in WWII. Also exposes how active the...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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