National Military Vehicle Museum

National Military Vehicle Museum, Elizabeth

National Military Vehicle Museum

National Military Vehicle Museum
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Welcome to our Museum, which is operated on a volunteer basis by members of the Military Vehicle Preservation Society of South Australia. The Society is one of many Military Vehicle Clubs across Australia and throughout the world and its members are dedicated to the preservation of vehicles that are of military origin. The museum was developed as away of providing undercover storage for the vehicles and at the same time allowing the public to view them. Opened in August 1993 at the old Messenger Press building at Port Adelaide and now relocated to a group of historic WW2 era buildings within the Defence precinct of Edinburgh Parks this museum is unique number of ways. The majority of the vehicles are privately owned by the Society members and therefore each member is responsible for their own vehicles. In addition the vehicles are not just restored to look at, they are rebuilt to authentic running condition and most are road registered and driven regularly. Military vehicles and items range from the First World War to current times.
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Bob D
Adelaide, Australia1,107 contributions
Some terrific exhibits
Nov 2019
In Edinburgh close to Elizabeth, this volunteer run museum has some terrific exhibits. They range from armoured personnel carriers to Jeeps, trucks and staff cars. Entry fees are very reasonable and, while they only open on Sundays, they also take part in local events. We saw their display at the RAAF Edinburgh Air Show. Keep your eye on their web site for special event days.
Written November 23, 2019
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Vilnius, Lithuania203 contributions
Humans - machines - imagination. The development of military transport over 100 years
Nov 2019
The National Military Vehicle Museum (NMVM) is open Sundays with parking around the entrance, inside the boundary fence. It has very reasonable entrance fees e.g. concession $8 per person.

The location of the surrounding area to the NMVM has a rich history in defence research, manufacturing weapons and arms production. There is a very interesting series of display boards that charts the history of the holden Motor Company, it's leadership and wartime production of cannons and other defence materiel.

Whether you are a young person thinking of a mechanical engineering career, car hobbyist, or a retiree wondering what it must have been like to have a car/truck/vehicle designing and building career, the museum is for everyone who has an imagination, inquiring mind, curiosity about drivable machines for war and people who invented, used them, pushed them to their limits.

The NMVM is located near the RAAF Base, Edinburgh.

The museum collection includes fascinating stories of how key and leading individuals interacted with the military transport world, from inception of motorized military transport to more recent times.

Some exhibits like the armoured vehicles convey the tremendous advances made in all forms of transport technology in wartime, at the same time as tremendous war damage is occurring in countries at war. A kind of paradox e.g. if you want to accelerate progress, watch what people under pressure, risk, demand come up with new concepts and ideas.

Some military vehicles are simply urgent conversions of civilian vehicles while others are purpose built and all can make the difference in winning or losing the logistics war.

The actual vehicles and some associated support equipment, such as generators, radio communications, searchlight etc. gives the visitor a very close up view of how transport developments proceeded from WW1 to more recent times.

It's worth contemplating when wandering around the exhibits how foreign it must have felt to see transport go from horse driven carriages with drivers and passengers seated (and connected) a meter or two above the ground, traveling at a few kilometers per hour, to then quantum leap to steel goliaths travelling up to 100 kph over rough terrain.

The intrigue of building machines that can weigh many tons, propulsion systems with huge horse power outputs and connect all this in a reliable form, then place drivers and passengers inside these vehicles, with explosions all around in combat situations is mind blowing when considering horses were the mode of transport for centuries.

The exhibition of vehicles and achievements gives an excellent overview of the connectivity of people, machines and endeavors and a must for every person who needs some inspiration and reminder of what the human spirit can achieve.

If you walk out of the NMVM and haven’t been inspired in some way by human ingenuity, courage and fortitude, then do the tour again and this time read the stories in full.

Going through the NMVM is definitely a worthwhile way to spend one’s time.
Written November 15, 2019
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Sandra K
14 contributions
the whole place
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a great place to visit, we visited this museum thirty years with our then young sons, and now just us, the displays were good and well lit.
Written March 22, 2019
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Donna D
Adelaide, Australia165 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
What a great place to see some Aussie defence history. The $15 price is a bit steep. Lots of pensioner/ex servicemen visit and still pay full price
Written October 8, 2016
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Thanks for the review, Donna. The $15 entry fee was for the open day, which was a special fun-raising event. Our standard entry price is much lower and we also normally have a concession ticket available. As always, kids under 15 are free (for up to 3 children, when accompanied by an adult).
Written October 31, 2016
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Kay R
7 contributions
"Boys" of all ages will love it.
Apr 2016
The Museum is only open on Sundays 10am - 4pm, and Public Holidays (not Christmas) and costs $10 for Adults. They do have some "open days" throughout the year. I took my Dad there in his wheelchair and he enjoyed the displays and chatting to a volunteer. He was disappointed they did not have a cafe, or specific disabled toilets. They do have a ramp to enter the main building, and there is plenty of room to manoeuvre around the vehicles. Inside there are a variety of displays and lots of vehicles from transport trucks to tanks, a little boys heaven! (Apparently my nephew went a few weeks before and loved it.) It is run purely by volunteers, many who own the vehicles on display, so talk to them and find out some interesting historical facts. They have several display rooms including one on communications. Some of the vehicles are outside so you can get up close, perfect for photo opportunities. I believe most of the vehicles are road registered and used in various parades eg ANZAC day. Like all museums, it is a "work in progress" and we will go back again to check on some half finished displays and see what other vehicles have been completed. Their website is useful and extensive.
Written May 2, 2016
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James A
Windsor, Canada18,416 contributions
Great Exhibits. The Radio room is the best part.
Mar 2016 • Friends
I won't babble on too much about this museum because you really have to see it with your own eyes. The building outside is nothing special but it's what's going on inside that matters.

There are heaps of military vehicles in this modest sized building. Most WWII, but I'll let the pictures sell you on deciding to go or not. The most engaging exhibit for me was the radio room. You should see how the technology changed as the conflicts did and you'll have to laugh at the size of the equipment as you take photos on you tiny cell phone or tablet. Check it out. It's great, enjoy!
Written May 2, 2016
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Ray F
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia2,472 contributions
Interesting range of military vehicles.
May 2015 • Solo
They have a large range of military vehicles here, ranging from horse drawn vehicles through to WW2. The displays are broken up into several sections, a large room was a large range of communications devices, a section of RAAF vehicles including a mobile radar unit, the Army section which includes an old WW1 armoured car, mobile kitchens, several artillery pieces, search lights, a Ferret scout car, Bren gun carrier, Saracen armoured personnel carrier & a Stuart light tank. In side rooms are displays of uniforms, medals, photographs, posters & models. There are several vehicles outside including another Saracen, a Jeep and a camouflaged artillery position. The staff were very friendly & informative.
Written May 17, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia20,220 contributions
Huge collection of military vehicles
Mar 2015 • Friends
This is one of those places that if you like looking at old military vehicles then you are going to love - the collection is simply huge, and from what I have been told they all work as well. Most of the collection are World War II vehicles, but there are numerous vehicles from other periods as well. The collection is more for completeness, so everything is on display, though sometimes it is difficult to see some of the exhibits. There is a room that simply is jammed full of old radio equipment of all sorts, including a morse code machine. There are a number of other rooms, including one looking at World War I, and another at the Gulf War. There are also lots of other military related displays as well, including uniforms and books that the military would use, as well as numerous engines. Also, it is really, really cheap, though it can be a little difficult finding.
Written May 11, 2015
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Gawler, Australia58 contributions
Amazing Museum!
Nov 2014 • Friends
Many thanks to the National Military Vehicle Museums dedicated volunteers for creating such an amazing collection of military memorabilia, in an environment everyone can enjoy.
Your volunteers were incredibly helpful and knew their stuff!
well done!
Written November 7, 2014
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Melbourne, Australia142 contributions
Well worth it.
For anyone who plays the call of duty series or Battlefield you will be amazed at what they have stashed away in these storage sheds from WW2. From amphibious to land vehicles to a tank. Awesome to check out even with the kids. Great variety.
Written May 10, 2014
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