Shaped by Darwin’s military and wartime past, the Darwin Military Museum is home to interactive exhibits and military artefacts from World War II, all used to tell the story of Darwin’s significant role in the war. The museum also acts as a solemn memorial to those that fought and died during the northern Australia fighting.
Before war’s end Darwin had been bombed by the Japanese more than 60 times and as such, the area played a significant role in the defence of Australia. Over 100,000 Australian and allied troops were based in Darwin and it is from here that Douglas MacArthur launched his defensive plans to retake the Philippines.
The museum takes visitors on a historic journey through time giving visitors a first hand account of these difficult years. With dramatic first-hand accounts and photographs the war is brought to life with actual artefacts such as defensive installations, vehicles, and weapons along with many other displays and exhibits.
Darwin Military Museum is situated north of Darwin on the East Point peninsula. Take the Stuart Highway north and turn left on Goyder Road. At the traffic light turn right on East Point Road. This becomes Alec Fong Lim Drive which leads directly to the museum.