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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Address: 2A Clarendon Street | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9699 9760
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Ranked #61 of 175 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on board a real tall ship...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on board a real tall ship in the 1800s. Discover a new world of maritime adventure through an interactive gallery, immersive theatre and special events.

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Lilydale, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The museum was lovely and new - the ship itself was available for viewing and doing a self guided tour inside and out which was great to see. The ticket was good value for money when you added the Melbourne Goal ticket as well. The two attractions combined makes for a great day out.

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Geelong, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Look no offence but better off finding something else to do :-) But other people seemed to enjoy. A Melbourne institution.

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97 reviews 97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went to a party here. It was beautiful and slightly creepy at night. I was surprised at how much you could actually see into on the boat. Make sure you explore properly! The museum is small but informative.

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Melbourne, Australia
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146 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Built in 1885 in Belfast, we are lucky someone with foresight managed to save Polly Woodside for future generations. She sailed the world for a number of years before operating between Australia and New Zealand. In her later inglorious years she was used as a coal lighter and refueling barge for the Navy. Now fully restored, she's on view at... More 

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County Durham
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23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Really lovely for 30 minutes look round and free with our UK national trust membership! Well worth if you are in the area but not worth $16. There was a pirates day for kids which looked fun if you had a family.

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Frankston, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Fun fun fun, the kid's loved the Pirate Sunday. They want to go back. Even raining today, it was still great fun. The tall ship is wonderfully preserved. Games included and may vary: Scrub the deck Find the Treasure Fire the canon Face painting and Tattoos Swing on the rope Rock the boat Tug-o-war There is ample disabled access, a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I didn't actually get to visit this - we turned up to find that it's only open Monday-Friday during school holidays!

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Maitland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Great experience for my 4 year old, he just loved it. The tour guide was friendly & engaging, great with the kids & throwing some jokes in for the adults. The tunnel walking into the onshore exhibit I thought looked about cheesey until my stomach turn while standing in it. All in all worth while for families with kids to... More 

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit on a day the ship was open. They were welcoming and friendly. The staff are great with kids ( we watched the interactions and loved how the kids get to play onboard to learn maritime history). Great work!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The first contact at Reception was welcoming and child friendly. No pressure was put upon us as we deliberated over the finance of entry. The grandchildren set about finding the hidden "keys" which stamped their "passport". The simulated movement of the ship in the museum section was uncomfortably life-like. The film, although too dark for clear visibility held the interest... More 

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