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Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel Darwin - Defence of Darwin Experience

The Defence of Darwin Experience is a museum that tells the story of Darwin’s role in World War II through firsthand accounts and interactive multimedia presentations.

Defence of Darwin Experience

Defence of Darwin Experience


Opening on 18 February 2012, the $10 million Defence of Darwin Experience provides an opportunity for visitors to understand the impact of the war on Darwin and its inhabitants, both civilian and military.


The museum displays over 60 objects with significance to the history of Darwin’s involvement in WWII.


Exhibitions at the Defence of Darwin Experience


Permanent exhibitions at the Defence of Darwin Experience cover topics including Darwin – Frontier Town, The Build-Up to War, After Pearl Harbor, The Bombing of Darwin, The Counter-Offensive and Character biographies


Temporary and special exhibitions also are on display throughout the year, with details on the museum’s website.


Visitors can share their own story through StoryShare – an opportunity for all to record their thoughts and experience for other visitors to access through the StoryShare touchscreens.


A key feature at the museum is The Bombing of Darwin Experience – a major interpretive theatre production that gives visitors a real idea of what it must have been like to have witnessed the first bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942.


General Information


Free parking is available at the front of the museum. There is limited public transport to this area of Darwin, driving or a taxi from Metro Advance Apartments and Hotel Darwin would be strongly recommended.


There is a family friendly café onsite at the Defence of Darwin Experience with indoor and outdoor seating serving light snacks, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks.


The Defence of Darwin Experience is open 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years’ Day and Good Friday). Check the website for hours which vary throughout wet/dry seasons and for current admission cost.


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Address: 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point, Darwin