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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

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Address: Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
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+61 3 9699 9760
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Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on...

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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Spent some time at Polly Woodside on New Years Eve. We were lucky that a tour had just began. The tour guide was fantastic, he made it lots of fun for the kids and educational... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent some time at Polly Woodside on New Years Eve. We were lucky that a tour had just began. The tour guide was fantastic, he made it lots of fun for the kids and educational for all. The museum was interesting and the movie as well. We spent under 2 hrs, but it was worth it. Parking nearby at convention... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's normal opening hours are only weekends 'and Victoria school holidays'. But not school holidays in the week between Christmas and New Year, which was disappointing for us on a short visit.

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Gladstone, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our tickets to the old Melbourne goal included entry to the old steely barque. I am so glad we made the effort to get to,it before it shut early and n Christmas Eve. The more vie and exhibits are very informative and to walk through the vessel was special. Very hard to imagine the difficulties sailors faced back in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Polly Woodside has been very well restored, and is very interesting being a tall ship though with a metal rather than wooden hull. This puts her in the tradition of the SS Great Britain. Well worth a visit, friendly team and mainly open at weekends I think so probably best to check before visiting. Thanks and well done!

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Thank Lewis H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Polly Woodside is an iron hulled, three masted barque that was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1885. The ship sailed most of its days around Australia and New Zealand. The barque, now restored has been made into a museum and docked along the South Wharf Promedade on the Yarra river. The ship is about 200 feet long with it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Great fun, the kids loved it (x2 8 year olds). As well as being fun it was educational, lots of things were learned as they scrubbed the deck and carried the cargo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyable visit on the ship with friendly staff putting on a pirate themed event. Amazing to see how travel by ship has changed since those early days.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

We had a lot of fun on our excursion to Polly Woodside. The First Mate made us scrub the deck and threw a bucket of water at us! We loved getting wet! We found it interesting that the cabin boy had to wash the 'poo rope'. We learnt that sailors had to work even if they didn't want to. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

We bought tickets for this at a discounted price when we visited the Melbourne Gaol (combo tickets). My son joined the tour led by Justin. Justin was fabulous - funny, entertaining and engaging for all the children in the group despite ranging in age from 3 yrs to 10 yrs. It was one of my son's highlights of our trip... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Just around the corner from the convention centre. Looks nice and great from the outside. A decent visit.

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