South Australian Maritime Museum

South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, South Australian Maritime Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

South Australian Maritime Museum

South Australian Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Maritime Museum sits in South Australia's first heritage precinct. It presents exhibitions over three floors of an 1850s bond store, the South Neptune Lighthouse and the steam tug Yelta. The Museum is fresh and interactive and makes history relevant to a popular audience.
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SubmersibleHuman
Brisbane, Australia221 contributions
Small location - great displays!
Jun 2021
What an exceptional museum!
I spent about 4 hours roaming around looking at all the exhibits, along with the building itself which tells its own stories!

I am very distantly related to Matthew Flinders, so seeing his exhibit, and the interactive navigation display was awesome. I am also very interested in HMS Protector, whose bulk now rests at Heron Island in QLD, so seeing the details of her was excellent.

The collection of Figureheads on display was brilliant - especially the stunning Star of Greece - whose shipwreck is very close to the coast in SA.

Lisa and Rob (staff members) also deserve a big thank you - we felt warmly received - their friendly nature as well as pride in their museum is wonderful.

10/10 will visit again - looking forward to some of the other exhibits being available outdoors when CoVid progression allows it!
Written June 17, 2021
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RandolphCarter1919
Australia355 contributions
Small but interesting
Jul 2020
Very good museum, easy to spend a couple of hours looking around in here. I liked the old figureheads from the old ships. South Australia doesn't seem to have a huge maritime history and this showed but they proudly show the artifacts they have.
Written July 28, 2020
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geographyguy_11
Brisbane, Queensland517 contributions
Not really worthwhile
Mar 2020
If you are a maritime museum and Big Ted and Little Ted from Play School are your star attractions, then something isn't quite right. I enjoyed the nostalgia from the 50 years of Play School display complete with flower clock, Jemima and Hupmpt Dumpty but it was ultimately not what I was there for. Of the maritime side of things, the ketch that was open to go aboard in the centre of the museum was the only real thing of interest. The other maritime exhibits (e.g. the navy, shipwrecks, dolphins in the Port river) were small and not very detailed. I would only recommend a visit if you were also going to the National Railway Museum and can therefore enjoy the discount for visiting a 2nd museum in the Port.
Written July 11, 2020
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Wella
Wodonga, Australia20 contributions
Unexpectedly great
Nov 2019 • Family
This was such a nice side adventure. My youngest (Master 10) was super keen so the rest of our group went along.
We were pleasantly surprised and super impressed by the big ship, miniatures and immersive displays. We spent much longer here than expected and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Even Miss 14 found it fun and interesting.
Definitely worth the entry fee!
Written November 24, 2019
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Maksym K
Odessa, Ukraine75 contributions
Not bad
Oct 2019 • Solo
Nice maritime museum in Port adelaide,you can see many staff which was used on old ships,how old cabins look like.if you visit one of 3 museums you have discount on others.
Written October 27, 2019
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donpuck
Adelaide, Australia682 contributions
A gem in a Historical Precinent
Oct 2019 • Solo
The museum was opened in 1986, in stone bond stores that were constructed in 1850. The exhibition is opened for 363 days a year, except for "Good Friday" and "Christmas Day."
Opening times are 10 am to 5 pm, easy access to the museum, via trains, buses ( short walk from these stops), also cars ( easy parking around the museum). Cost: Child $6; concession $9; adults $15; and family $ 34.50.
The Museum contains an " enquiry desk", "gift shop", "public toilet" and disabled access ( but you might need to contact the operator, before attending with a person with a disability).

There are three floors of exhibits, with elevator available. The museum explores the experiences of passengers on their voyage from England to Adelaide in the 19th century. You are able to see how small an area you were allocated on the ship for the voyage.
The exhibitions and displays are changed regularly, and engage the person in the history of the area and era.
The Museum explores the human histories of the South Australian oceans, the experiences of the immigrants, also focuses on exploring the southern coasts.

Also the voyages of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Boundi.
Tickets can be purchased online, which are cheaper than buying at the Museum. You could spend hours wondering around and becoming absorbed in the information around you.
Written October 27, 2019
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Shan C
Bacchus Marsh, Australia12 contributions
Full of history
Oct 2019 • Family
Fantastic museum.
I’m not hugely into Maritime however I loved it. Extremely informative, interactive and interesting. Anyone who is into Australian history or Maritime would really enjoy it. We went on a week day with our 6 month old and spent a few hours there.
Written October 18, 2019
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,283 contributions
Excellent collection of old seafaring and ships.
Oct 2019
We stopped here for a morning visit($10 US each) competing with a few classrooms of uniformed youths. Our interest was the large sailing craft; inside, the 1986 Active 11 (replica of the 1873 Royal Navy's HMS Active), outside, the 1940 110' ketch HMCS Falie, the 1985 'One and All' training ship, and the 1949 Yelta steam tug.
Always fun and educational.
Written October 10, 2019
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julebug72
Brisbane, Australia57 contributions
Fantastic!
Aug 2019
We could have spent hours longer here. Wonderful exhibitions and great activities for kids. Will return regularly.
Written August 16, 2019
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Barbara S
Logan City, Australia498 contributions
Busy museum
Jul 2019
We visited in the school holidays and there were many children there. Unfortunately some children we allowed to scream for long periods and this distracted us from the excellent museum. The quality of exhibits were good, lots of South Australian items...

We enjoyed what we could but the noise was a bit hard to handle.
Written July 12, 2019
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South Australian Maritime Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM