Historical Port Adelaide is home to three unique museums Visit the OurPort Museums page for access to a discount on second and third visits. Brochures are also available at all three major museums and the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre.
SA Maritime Museum
Come and see the oldest nautical collection in the country, started way back in 1872.
Climb aboard the ketch Active II, lie down in the cramped sleeping quarters endured by sailors of yesteryear, or research your ancestors on the passenger databases which date back to 1836. Explore interactive exhibits over three floors of an 1850s bond store.
Nautical instruments, bathing costumes, shipwreck artefacts, paintings, model ships, photographs and more, including the largest collection of ships’ figureheads in the southern hemisphere.
There's also a fun new way to explore Port Adelaide’s colonial history with “Living in the Port” - the South Australian Maritime Museum’s exciting new, free walking tour app of the Port’s historic precinct. Not just another suburb, Port Adelaide is a place with a distinct history, character and community. Use the app to take a tour of significant historic sites in Port Adelaide. You can also merge the past with the present using the image slider feature.
Call into the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre for a preview of the Living in the Port past and present images on display courtesy of the South Australian Maritime Museum.
126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Ph 08 8207 6255
Open 7 days a week 10am–5pm
(Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)
SA Aviation Museum
This is your opportunity to not just look at, but also sit inside some of Australia’s finest heritage aircraft.
The flight simulator, Pilot Tester, air traffic control station, engines, propellers, gun turret, and Woomera rocket display are all sure to entertain and educate.
Special exhibits cover the history of aviation in South Australia dating back to 1910, the Australian Women Pilots’ Association and more.
Congratulations to the SA Aviation Museum for winning a $205,000 grant from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund to match a like-amount raised by the museum. The funding will enable a new display hangar to be built in 2016.
Did you know the museum’s major acquisitions in 2015 include a Piper Comanche VH-DOL and a Kavanaugh balloon VH-HOV? Enthusiasts can also experience a one-on-one F-111 tour.
66 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Ph 08 8240 1230
Open 7 days a week 10.30am–4.30pm
(Closed Christmas Day)
National Railway Museum
Take a journey into railway history at Australia’s largest undercover railway museum.
Step up into the cabs of giant steam engines, walk through elegant carriages and enjoy free train rides. There are plenty of interactive and educational displays, including the iconic Tea and Sugar train that ploughed its way across the Nullarbor for decades.
You’ll find over 100 exhibits; so much more than just trains including a signal cabin, locomotive number and name plates, a ticket printing press, even a coffin trolley!
Make sure you check out the railway books, DVDs and souvenirs at the Break of Gauge shop.
The National Railway Museum also runs the Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway, a delightful seaside train ride operated by the National Railway Museum.
Enjoy a magical 30-minute 4km return journey behind a steam engine travelling along the sand dunes from Semaphore Jetty to Point Malcolm and return.The Semaphore Train operates Sundays and public holidays from October to April and daily during school holidays within these months.
76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Ph 08 8341 1690
Open 7 days a week 10am–5pm
(Closed Christmas Day and open from 12 noon Anzac Day)