On the 19th of February 1942 war came to Australia with the bombing of Darwin. It was referred to as Australia’s very own Pearl Harbour with a scale of tragedy that is still felt to this day.
The Darwin Military Museum was founded in the mid 1960’s, by Lieutenant Colonel Jack Haydon, and the members of the Australian Artillery Association. The association throughout its numerous contacts, soon started accumulating was memorabilia from all over the Territory, other parts of Australia and internationally. Since then, several notable local collectors have also contributed greatly to the museum’s exhibits including the newest, “The Defence of Darwin experience.”
“The Defence of Darwin Experience” tells the extraordinary, but mostly untold story of this significant chapter in Australian history – the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese on the 19th of February 1942. Wander through the grounds and explore the amazing collection of artillery pieces, vehicles, uniforms, models and even some paintings. The museum also has a café where you can enjoy a bite to eat or perhaps a lovely coffee or cool drink.
Here at Ray White Bayside all of our staff have been down to this outstanding museum and we definitely recommend it! The museum is open 7 days a week from 9.30am-5pm. For further information and pricing please head to;