~ Welcome to a world of explorers, uncharted waters, seafarers trading across heaving oceans, new migrants in search of a new life, and bold adventurers from many lands.
Step aboard some of the ships that carried them and explore a life-sized ketch that draws you back to the days of sail.
Admire the extensive collection of intricate model sailing ships, steamships and passenger liners.
Immerse yourself in the voyages that brought people to Australian shores as you experience life onboard an 1840s sailing ship. Then step into a third class cabin to feel what life onboard must have been like for thousands of migrants travelling to Australia from Europe and beyond.
You could even discover your own slice of history as you search through a database of migrants to find your own ancestors.
All this and more awaits you at the South Australian Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide.
The Museum is renowned for its innovative approach to maritime history and education. Its three floors of exhibits houses Australia’s oldest nautical collection started in Port Adelaide in 1872. Among the huge collection of iconic treasures is the anchor of the Investigator that carried the explorer Matthew Flinders to Australia. You will also find the largest collection of carved ships’ figureheads in the southern hemisphere.
In addition to all this, the Maritime Museum’s new and ever changing exhibitions cover every aspect of Australia’s maritime history. From stories of those who lived at sea and on shore, to the dolphins and marine ecosystems that contribute to Australia’s natural heritage.
The exhibitions also provide visitors with a hands-on experience, giving them opportunities to learn through discovery and adventure. The themes and displays cater for all age groups, and provide a unique experience for all the family.
Port Adelaide is home to the most urbanised dolphin pod in the world. The Maritime Museum runs Dolphin Spotting Cruises which provide a fantastic opportunity to see the Port River in the Museum’s heritage vessels.
South Australian Maritime Museum
126, Lipson Street
PH: (08) 8207 6255
Open daily (except Christmas Day)
10am to 5pm
Bus: from city routes 151 or 153
Train: to Port Adelaide station (then sort walk)