South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide

A compact and animated facility, South Australian Maritime Museum has an appropriate location in the old warehouses of the Elders Bond & Free Stores. These bluestone buildings--constructed in the mid-19th century--serve as home to a collection of more than 20,000 objects and a further 20,000 images. The museum plays an important role in the preservation of the state’s naval past, an area of history with great significance to the region. With our international travel planner, Port Adelaide attractions like South Australian Maritime Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We spent about three hours here looking at all the artefacts. Even if you're not a local or Australian but are interested in the local history, its still a worthwhile place to see.  more »
  • This museum is not large but easy viewing and displays are thought provoking. Kids will enjoy getting on the full size boat just as much as we did. Helpful staff at museum and nice cafe over the road ...  more »
  • We bought our tickets with a nice man at the lighthouse and got to climb that first. Amazing view from it. Then we went over to the museum and the guy at reception was super nice and helpful and expla...  more »
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  • Only serious history buffs or children need apply. Man at the front desk talked up the interactive boat you could go on as the main attraction, not very impressive, the ladders leading down on the boat led to pointless small rooms with not much in them. Trying out the interactive surfboard on the top floor was a joke. Lots of interesting stuff about captain James Cook. The display of a decapitated dolphins head was confronting to say the least. Lowest floor was somewhat entertaining for 5 minutes. If you're 14-37 and not a serious history buff just give it a miss.
  • plenty of good interactive displays for the kids. Good use of modern technology to help engage. Friendly staff
  • My kids love this Museum. It's got lots of great thing to look at and learn about. The people there are really friendly and on school holidays they always have some activities. And some displays are put up based on the history of explorers also they have a treasure hunt quiz, where the kids can explore the museum find items and learn about the history of the ships, voyages, treasures from long ago that people took on a ship etc. There is also a very huge ship right in the middle that you can climb on and explore. Sometimes they have a show and it's performed on the ship. The shows are great and it gets everyone involved. Also your entry to the museum gets you a free entry to climb the Light House down at the pier. The view once you are up the top is amazing you can see the sea and the town.
  • South Australia maritime museum affectionately reffered to by locals as "museumy mc museum face" is a treasure trove of history. A visit typically takes 30 to 90 mins depending on how thoroughly you examine every placard. Staff are helpful and passionate. Must do for history buffs. Due to the layout i would not advise wearing roller blades or skates.
  • Love a bit of naval history and this place is packed with interesting pieces of local and foreign gems

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