Port Museums

We’re so lucky at Port Adelaide to have a wealth of great museums in our neighbourhood.

SA Maritime Museum

Come and see the oldest nautical collection in the country, which was 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, the largest collection of ships’ figureheads in the southern hemisphere and more can all be found here.

Audio, film, and old ships logs tell the stories of the sea.

126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
08 8207 6255

Open Monday to Sunday, 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 F-111 and 13 other planes are just the beginning. 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. Plus there’s artwork, books, models, kits and souvenirs available at the museum shop.

66 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
08 8240 1230

Open Monday to Sunday, 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.

76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
08 8341 1690

Open Monday to Sunday, 10am–5pm
Closed Christmas Day

Get 25% off your next visit!

Museums in the Port offer you a special deal to make your Port Adelaide experience even better.

When you visit one of the museums, simply collect a stamp on this page and then get 25% off the entry price when you visit the second or third museum of your choice.

Don’t worry — you don’t have to visit all the museums on the same day. This offer is valid for 3 months from your first visit, giving you plenty of time to explore.

For more details, visit the Museums in the Port website or their Facebook page.