Photo by: Tourism NT - Shaana McNaught
The Japanese bombing of Darwin Harbour on 19 February 1942 was the biggest military attack on Australia in history, and the Defence of Darwin Experience should be top of your list of museums to visit in Darwin to learn all about it. Interactive exhibits share the terror and impact of 188 Japanese aircraft attacking the harbour, and the memorabilia housed in this museum is the best in Australia – you will need at least a few hours here.
Exhibits include first-hand accounts from men and women who experienced the bombing, a short film explaining the bombing - and sharing actual footage of the attack from 75 years ago - and exhibits about the impact the bombing had on life in Darwin.
You can also download the Defence of Darwin Experience app and explore 16 World War II heritage sites around the Top End including airfields, a field hospital and a plane crash site. This self-guided tour also takes you on two walks along the Darwin Esplanade and includes images, footage and accounts from people who were part of Darwin’s rich military history.
Address: 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point, Darwin
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.00pm; Sunday: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Entry: Adults $20, children & seniors $10, children under 5 are free
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