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National Motor Museum Birdwood

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National Motor Museum
Shannon Street
Birdwood
SA
5234
Tel: 8 8568 4000

Where are we going today?

Since 1965 millions of people have enjoyed discovering their motoring heritage at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia. As an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles, it's a family journey through time!

With more than 150 toys on display, 'Model Behaviour' is an exhibition for big kids and small! From vintage pedal cars, right through to a Barbie Mobile Hot Tub Party Bus, the exhibition follows the story of the toy car and the people who collect them. The exhibition features a special Kids Space, which is well stocked with toy and model cars for kids under 5 years to play with.

The Sidney Crawford Gallery is popular particularly with small children, housing large commercial vehicles such as a road train, fire engines, street sweeper and tipper truck!

Plus the Holden Pavilion of Australian Motoring is a spectacular 3,700 square metre climate-controlled pavilion provides the setting for Australia’s most significant collection of historic commercial vehicles, cars and motorcycles as well as being a venue for changing interpretive exhibitions.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$5
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 5pm every day. Closed: Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

Their educational programs are designed to enhance the collection and provide a unique experience for students. There is a choice of three education workshop programs for schools visiting the Museum..

Any Top Tips?

Ask about the trails, including their popular Model T hide and Seek, Bugs, and Eye Spy Trails which are available for you to enjoy..

Need a little extra help?

Disabled access throughout..

Can I get one of those?

Within the Souvenir shop customers will find an array of collectable gifts and items representing the museum collection and Australian Motoring history from the turn of the century to modern day vehicles. A bountiful array of items are in stock to cater for a wide variety of tastes..

What people are saying?

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    We all had a great day. My Grandaughter of 7 had lots of things to see do and explore. The staff were all very helpful and well presented. The motor museum needs to be larger so as people can walk around the vehicles rather than just past them. It was to crowded. I think the top gear display was a complete waste of time and more to the point valuable space. It looked more like a place for the BBC to store there scrap metal. All in all, magic.

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    A wonderful place, huge collection of vintage cars. A great fun for a day out. The location is beautiful, in the heart of forest.

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    If you want a wow factor collection of cars, go here!

    Monorail is very fun and food at the café is wonderful. The Top Gear exhibit is very entertaining.

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    The Motor Musuem is excellent.
    Staff are on hand around the whole site to assist and enhance the experience and they are very helpful. The falconer in particular is very knowledgeable.
    The only negative experience I had was with your website and the pre-booking procedure. I attended the Vintage car event of Saturday and accidentally bought two tickets for entry with a vintage car when I do not in fact have a vintage car and intended to buy normal tickets. Your staff were very helpful in enabling me to correct the error but the way your site is...Read More

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    A bit expensive, but well worth it if you are a car lover. Really impressive collection of motor vehicles on display. The World of Top Gear is also a must for any fan. If you get burnt out on cars, the grounds and gardens are also very nice and relaxing. Dining options were rather limited, but the staff were very kind.

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by Martin Edhouse

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The Motor Musuem is excellent.
Staff are on hand around the whole site to assist and enhance the experience and they are very helpful. The falconer in particular is very knowledgeable.
The only negative experience I had was with your website and the pre-booking procedure. I attended the Vintage car event of Saturday and accidentally bought two tickets for entry with a vintage car when I do not in fact have a vintage car and intended to buy normal tickets. Your staff were very helpful in enabling me to correct the error but the way your site is set up makes this error all to easy to make in my view.
Otherwise, thanks for a lovely day.

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