The Maritime Museum collection began in 1872 to preserve, explore and celebrate the human history of our oceans and rivers. It is Australia’s oldest nautical collection and also includes new features, such as the Port River Dolphin area. The museum is further towards the ‘Port’, but on the same street, as the Aviation Museum and the Railway Museum so you can hit all three in one day if you think your family can handle it! It’s probably more suited to school aged children, as there is a lot of information and a interactive aspects to the museum. It has a lot of big things to look at, but many more small aspects that won’t suit the younger children. There is a small play area within one of the exhibits on the 2nd level for kids to climb through and investigate. There are stairs up to the second level and down to the basement, but there is also disabled access.

There are baby change facilities, a gift shop, toilets and a great cafe just across the road. Parking is free around the area and there’s usually plenty available, or you can catch public transport to the Port. There are also many other cafe’s throughout Port Adelaide plus the awesome Pancakes at the Port, which is great for kids and adults alike. From Pancakes at the Port, you can overlook the river and check out the Port River Dolphin tours or look at the amazing ‘One and All‘, which is a recreation of the classic brigantines of the mid-nineteenth century.

  • Where? 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
  • Cost: Adult: $10, Concession: $8, Child: $5, Family: $25 (2 adults and up to 5 children)
  • Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, every day (closed Christmas Day)