South Australian Maritime Museum Port Adelaide

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South Australian Maritime Museum
126 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide
Tel: 8 8207 6255

Where are we going today?

All aboard shipmates, because it's time to explore the OLDEST nautical collection in the entire country!

The South Australia Maritime Museum actually has a collection that began all the way back in 1872, and now preserves what is the oldest collection in Australia - pretty awesome!

It's a place that preserves, explores, and celebrates the history of our oceans and rivers, and those people behind the adventures, challenges and successes.

The South Australian Maritime Museum has a number of changing, and permanent galleries, which are suitable for all ages - and will educate as well as fascinate!

The permanent exhibitions that are showcased at the museum cover a whole range of topics.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave your home for the other side of the world, a whole 175 years ago? You can re-live the extraordinary journey that these 546 across 9 ships would have encountered. The stories are told from their own words - through letters, journals and diaries, as well as objects brought with them. Can you imagine how different Australia would be if we didn't have these settlers? Imagine what it would have been like arriving in a new country!

If you just LOVE history and want to go back even further, the First Voyages exhibition charts a history from explorers like Ptolemy, to when the first complete map of Australia was finished.

Kids can learn all about River Pod Dolphins, and even check out all the shipwrecks that have occurred in the Southern Seas. 

You can even visit the Port Adelaide Lighthouse - Adelaide's iron lighthouse that was first lit in 1869. Amazing history to learn about!

Something else that's fun in the SA Maritime Museum, is it's a chance to search back through previous generations, and the 250,000 passengers who arrived in the state between 1836 and 1961. Maybe you will discover family members you didn't know about! 

All aboard - it's time to man the sails, because we're off for some maritime fun! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$5

When can we go?

Open daily 10am to 5pm

All year round, but closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Teachers corner

School groups are only $4 per student, and it gives them a chance to really explore the history of the states maritime adventures! Make sure you book in advance. .

I'm Hungry!

Next door, Cafe Fore You offers a children’s menu..

Any Top Tips?

Last entry is at 4:45pm .

Doing our bit

They are dedicated to preserving the history, and educating all who visit on the amazing stories.

Need a little extra help?

The exhibition building is equipped with a lift and toilet for disabled people..

Can I get one of those?

Take home a souvenir of your visit or buy a unique gift. They offer a range of nautical books, models, souvenirs and toys. You are welcome to visit the museum shop in the foyer without paying admission to the exhibitions..

More information

If you love the museum and see yourself visiting often, become a member and that gets you free admission all year, as well as other fun perks..

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    You wamt history this is the place even my grandpa is on thesem data base ,when he fists came here before my dad

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    Well presented, many different things, local and national. Friendly staff.

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