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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  • Great place to visit you should be prepared to spend some time wandering around. Especially the down stairs to imagine ship travel over the years, great replications.  more »
  • It’s good for kids. I like the information about the dolphins and it’s conservation of the species. It’s worth to go.  more »
  • Fantastic place to visit with family and friends. An amazing collection of South Australian history and a fabulous place for both adults and children.  more »
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  • Great fun for all ages ships and things to play with and on. A play with interaction on the boat. Interesting artifacts to look at and read. Great place to be with the family.
  • The place is small, but the experience is exceptional. Although the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney is bigger with additional vessels for you to explore in, this museum is awesome in its own right. The history and artifacts collected taught me a fair bit about local exploration, maritime travelling and marine life, especially the river dolphins in Port Adelaide. I highly recommend it.
  • Fantastic history. Amazing and informative. Exhibits are well presented and worth the time spent exploring. Great interaction.
  • 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.
  • A really cool museum with some amazing things to look at. Kids really enjoyed the museum
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