National Rail Museum Port Adelaide
Where are we going today?
Choo Choo...all aboard it's time for the National Rail Museum to give the whole family a fun train trip through history!
The National Rail Museum is the largest rail museum in the entire COUNTRY - how impressive is that!?
There are over 100 exhibits for you to explore, each of which represent Commonwealth, State, and private railway operators on all major rail gauges used in Australia.
Kids will love the Rail Museum as it lets them enjoy the interactive exhibits, as well as learn all about the history. They can climb into the cabs of those impressive and very HUGE steam engines, and they can even walk through some pretty elegant carriages. Imagine the kind of people that would have made journeys in these!
Choo Choo...what's that sound? It must be the sound of the FREE train rides that you can enjoy! Don't forget those conductor hats kids! The National Rail Museum is also great for educating the whole family on the amazing history of rail that we have in the country.
There are a number of educational and interactive displays that you can enjoy. You can learn all about the history of women in the railways. Through story boards, photos and exhibits, you can learn about the women who actually went with their husbands to railways construction camps and try and look after their families.
Kids can learn all about railway signalling and safe-working, and also become fully immersed in exploring The Overland - one of the countries most iconic rail journeys.
Lots of rail run to be had at the National Rail Museum! Chugga Chugga...let's go!
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (Ages 3 to 15)
- Free Under: 3 years
When can we go?
10am to 5pm daily. Open from 12pm on ANZAC Day.
All year round. Closed Christmas Day.
There are online materials that you can use for when you bring the students to the museum. .
Any Top Tips?
Prices may vary on special events day and similar, so keep an eye out!.
Doing our bit
They are dedicated to preserving and telling the history of this amazing part of Australian culture. The railway history is so important..
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can offer you assistance. .
Can I get one of those?
The Break Of Gauge shop is well stocked with railway items for all budgets including a pocket money range..
You can have your birthday in the Cafeteria Car at the museum! .
What people are saying?
by Matt Hellin
Brought out the kid in me! Great facility with loads of interesting vintage passenger cars and locomotives on display and to explore. It's a bit more focused classic steam and coal than it is modern. I only wished the history and chronology of the British railway was better organized or knitted together as the history felt a bit fragmented from one exhibit to another.
by Paul Taylor
for a free museum, it was very big and full of things to see and do. we spent over an hour there and made our donation, would certainly recommended for anyone visiting York, shall be back next year!
by Ray Barker
As a railway enthusiast i enjoy all things to do with the railway. This museum offers a great variety of railway exhibits from steam to modern day locomotives. I have visited on many occasions most recently to see the great gathering. Always find it a great full day out, it really makes an interesting and rewarding experience.
by Thomas Raffles
For all the expenses in England, this gem of a museum is free! And it will transport you into an exhilarating timewarp back into the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
by Mark Slavin
First visit, a little confused as entry was free but had to queue for someone to ask if I wanted to donate any money. This caused a delay getting in and also a little guilt trip on the way in. Food was nice (if a little expensive).