Permanent galleries

Browse through some of the permanent exhibitions showing at the Maritime Museum.

Active II

Permanent exhibition

Our replica ketch brings to life part of the world’s last fleet of commercial sail and invites visitors to board a coastal trader from the 1870s.

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Action Stations: South Australia and the Navy

Permanent exhibition

South Australians have played a significant role in naval history from the formation of the colony’s navy in the nineteenth century.

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Dolphins! The Port River Pod

Permanent exhibition

The Port River dolphins capture the imagination of many visitors and offer an introduction to the marine environment.

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Wrecked! Tragedy and the Southern Seas

Permanent exhibition

Shipwrecks record tragic disasters but they also offer an archaeological record and a window to the past.

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Tapestry of Treasures: The First Nautical Museum

Permanent exhibition

A museum within a museum, Tapestry of Treasures presents the Port Adelaide Institute’s nineteenth century collection with its original cedar showcases and copperplate labels.

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Port Adelaide Lighthouse

Permanent exhibition

Open from 10am to 2pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Sundays. The Lighthouse is closed Saturdays.

Adelaide’s iron lighthouse was first lit in 1869 to mark the entrance to the Port River and is now open for visitors to climb to the lantern room.

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Mosquito Fleet

Permanent exhibition

It was one of the last fleets of commercial sail in Australia. The small ketches and schooners worked the coast from the 1850s to the 1970s.

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First Voyages: Exploring the Southern Coast

Permanent exhibition
Bookings are required for groups

Now open

First Voyages: Exploring the southern coast charts a history of exploration from the Greek geographer Ptolemy's ancient speculation about an unknown south land,Terra Australis Incognita,to the completion of the map of Australia.

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Bound for South Australia

Permanent exhibition

Nine ships, 546 people, on the journey of a lifetime. What was it like to leave your home for a new life on the other side of the world 175 years ago?  Re-live this extraordinary journey, told in their own words from journals, letters and diaries and through the things they brought with them. 

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