What's On

We present a range of changing exhibitions and events to interest people of all ages. Can't find what you're looking for below? Trying searching for events at the right of this page.

What's on

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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Ahoy! It's Pirate Party Time!

Special event
Bookings are essential

Saturdays - two time slots available: 10am to Noon and 1pm to 3pm.

Pirate Captains can now bring along their crew and celebrate their birthdays on board the life-size ketch Active II at the SA Maritime Museum!

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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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Living in Port

Exhibition

In 1836 Surveyor General Colonel Light selected a sand hill surrounded by mangroves for the first Port. It was known to the Kaurna as Yertabulti, a place ‘of sleep or death’ and an important meeting place. Europeans transformed the landscape—mangroves were replaced with wharves, industry and infrastructure. Cycles of boom and bust shaped the Port’s history and swept the fortunes of Portonians along with them.  

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