South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide

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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. Plan your South Australian Maritime Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Port Adelaide using our Port Adelaide vacation generator.
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  • During the winter school holidays we visited the museum for the first time and took in the Pirate Show. Great interactive show with 3 pirates, all singing and dancing telling a story on the actual shi...  more »
  • This was a fun journey into the maritime history of Australia, we also got to climb to the top of the Lighthouse as part of the entrance fee, which was pretty cool (Tight squeeze though). There's a gi...  more »
  • An educational and entertaining wander through a lovely venue, with something for everyone. The shipwreck history is both sobering and fascinating. You can also get the sense of what ship life may hav...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great museum for history and plenty to see. Has a boat and the entrance where you can walk on and inside
  • What a fantastic place..so much to see. Great for adults and kids!
  • Everytime I'm in Adelaide, I always pay a visit here. The exhibitions are always interesting and well- curated. But for me, the best part is the row of figureheads and the Active II. Never get tired of it.
  • The relatively unimpressive building has many amazing facts and exhibits about South Australia's maritime history inside. The ketch, "Active II" was built inside and you can board her and learn about the tough ketch life.

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