Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea

Join the Adelaide Male Voice Choir at the SA Maritime Museum as they take you back to a time where sea shanties were top of the charts – on board ships any way!

The AMVC is an all-male choir with a singing strength of around 40 members, performing a repertoire of songs from the days of sail on the high seas. The setlist includes well-known shanties as well as some set to more modern arrangements.

Date & Time
Friday 21 May – 7.30 pm

$25 pp (all General Admission tickets)

The performance will go for approximately 60 minutes

Museums in the Port


Did you know the Maritime Museum is not the only Museum in Port Adelaide? Or even on Lipson Street?

The National Railway Museum and the South Australian Aviation Museum round out our Museums in the Port trifecta.

We’ve joined up with our fellow transport friends to form the Museums in the Port – an easier way for you to see every boat, train and plane we have to offer.

When attending one of the museums, you will receive a Museums in the Port brochure outlining all the wonderful things to see, which will give you 25% off your admission at the remaining two Museums.

So when attending the SA Maritime Museum, simply hold onto your brochure and take it down to the Railway and Aviation to receive your 25% discount.

But wait, there’s more!

Recently, we have also welcomed the team from the City of Adelaide into the club – so you’ll get 25% off admission to the clipper ship too!

Head into either of the three Museums or the clipper ship to grab your discount brochure.


Find out more:

South Australian Aviation Museum

National Railway Museum

Clipper Ship – City of Adelaide 


Offer expires two months after initial entry into the first museum or the clipper ship.


Windjammers is the newest addition to the SA Maritime Museums permanent exhibitions.

It explores the lives of the young crew who sailed enormous four-masted square-rigged ships, transporting South Australian grain during the final days of commercial sail.

Sailing yearly from the Åland Islands, in the Finnish Baltic, Windjammers arrived in the South Australian summer to collect grain. They also collected young South Australians keen to learn the ropes.

With small crews of 25-30 sailors, the youngest about 13 years old, skilled Captains sailed the enormous ships east and south passing through the tumultuous seas of Cape Horn where the ships of iron and steel 90 metres long, rode waves that loomed like walls of water.

The gallery includes an immersive and interactive cinema experience, presents windjammer objects from the South Australian History Collection and for those who wish to delve deeper, a selection of short films and digitised sailors journals are available via iPad kiosk.

The Windjammers immersive experience was developed by the South Australian Maritime Museum in collaboration with the University of New South Wales Centre for iCinema.

Ted’s Big Day Out

After being cooped up for a few months, everybody deserves a big day out – even your favourite teddy!

To celebrate the end of the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition’s stay with us, we’re throwing a summer Teddy party.

Every child who brings their favourite teddy along to the Museum gets in for free.


Offer applies for anyone from 5 to 16 years old.
One free admission per child with a teddy.

Cat’s Out of the Bag! – School Holidays

Remember Captain Flinders’ trusty tomcat, Trim?

Every sailing ship needed a cat on board to keep the rats under control. Unfortunately, the Museum’s puss population is now out of control. It’s a cat-astrophe!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to follow the clues and find all the seafurrers hiding in our galleries. We’re not kitten around – this is fur real.

Count the ship’s cats and report your tabby tally to the front desk to receive your cat-catcher badge!

Where: SA Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide
When: Dec – Jan School Holidays
Time: Every day from 10 am
Cost: $6 admission per child (activity free with entry)

Download your booklet HERE.

School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Welcome aboard, explorers!

We seem to have misplaced some of our priceless artefacts – and we need your help to find them!

There are five objects to be found in different places all over the museum. Can you help us find them all? Download your hunt HERE.

When you’re done, head back to the front desk and let our Museum Officers know. They’ll give you a stamp for an expedition well done.

You can also earn a one-hour stamp for your Children’s University Passport to Learning.

So batten down the hatches and get exploring!


Our friends over at the Migration Museum, National Motor Museum and Centre of Democracy have also lost some things – sail on over to help them out too!

Help our friends HERE.

Play School date with Zindzi

It’s Play School’s 50th birthday and we would love to invite you to celebrate with us!

Join the Maritime Museum and much loved Play School presenter Zindzi Okenyo as we sing and dance along to your favourite Play School songs.

Once you’ve played with Zindzi, walk over to the Museum and explore the exhibition Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years. See what is under the iconic Rocket Clock, meet the original Banana in Pyjamas, marvel at Jemima’s fabulous wardrobe through the years, watch clips from five decades of the show, and test your creativity at our craft tables. This exhibition is a delight for young and old.

When: Thursday 16 January, 2020
Time: 10am & 1pm (Two shows)
Duration: 45 minutes
Where: Port Adelaide Enfield Town Hall
Cost: $20 per person (children under 12 months are free and do not require a ticket)
Includes: Play date with Zindzi, Play School exhibition, Lighthouse climb and entry to the Museum.

Zindzi will also head to the Museum for meet and greets between shows!

Zindzi Okenyo

Zindzi graduated from NIDA in 2006 and was cast in The Vertical Hour and The Crucible for STC and Scorched for Company B Belvoir. From 2009 to 2011, she was a member of the Residents Company at STC performing in The Mysteries: Genesis, Vs Macbeth, The Oresteia, The Comedy of Errors, Blood Wedding, Before/After, Money Shots and A History of Everything. In 2012, Zindzi toured Europe and USA with A History of Everything and began as a presenter on ABC’s Play School.

Zindzi has appeared in The Other Way, Boys Will be Boys, The Golden Age (STC), The Girl in the Tan Boots, Masquerade (Griffin), Good People, The Rasputin Affair (Ensemble) Disgraced, An Ideal Husband (MTC) Gaybies (Darlinghurst) Prize Fighter (Belvoir Company B) La Traviata (Belvoir) Antony and Cleopatra (Bell Shakespeare) and won a Best Female Performer Award for her role in Random (STCSA). She has also appeared in TV series Wonderland, Sisters (Network 10), The Code, Hiding, Janet King, Harrow, Get Krack!n (ABC TV). In 2017, Zindzi performed in feature films The Very Excellent Mr Dundee (Dir. Dean Murphy) and Little Monsters (Dir. Abe Forsyth).

In 2019, Zindzi has continued on Play School as well as the new Play School Art Time and Get Krack!n for ABC TV and played Beatrice in the Bell Shakespeare National Tour of Much Ado About Nothing.

As well as acting, Zindzi performs and records her own music under the name ‘OKENYO’.

School Holidays: Happy Birthday Play School Exhibition

Join us at the museum during the school holidays. All your favourite Play School characters are sailing in to the Maritime Museum this December for an exhibition that brings all your childhood memories alive!

Happy Birthday Play School is a highly entertaining and engaging exhibition celebrating Australia’s longest-running children’s television program. Visitors will find all their favourites like Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty, Jemima and the Rocket Clock at the museum. New arrivals to the world of Play School will have a sense of wonderment as they look through the Round, Square and Arched windows.

WHEN: 13 December 2019 – 28 January 2020 (Christmas holiday break)
COST: $6 per child
INCLUDES: The Play School exhibition, a lighthouse climb and time to explore the Museum.

EXTENDED – Happy Birthday Play School Exhibition

All your favourite Play School characters are here to stay – for a little while longer!

Take a cardboard box, a paper hat, a whole lot of imagination, and you can be sailing the high seas, tackling mythical sea creatures as an explorer, a pirate or the captain of your own ship. This is the kind of creative learning and fun that the iconic Australian TV show Play School has offered for more than fifty years.

To celebrate, a landmark exhibition marking the program’s milestone 50th birthday is coming to South Australia and will be exclusively at the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. It’s the exhibition that brings all your childhood memories alive!

Happy Birthday Playschool: Celebrating 50 Years is a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia developed in collaboration with the ABC.

ABC KIDS' Play School presenters Miranda Tapsell, Teo Gebert, Karen Pang and Alex Papps. © Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2018
Noni Hazlehurst. © Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2018
Collection of toys ready for Happy Birthday Play School. © Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2018

School Holidays at the Museum – Pirates in their PJ’s

Pirates in their PJ’s gives us a glimpse into some of the things that can go wrong while sailing in search of excitement.  It tells the story about how adventures are seldom as glorious as we would like them to be.

What was it like having to deal with pirates?  What do you do if the food runs out or the winds stop? How do you cope if your clothes are washed overboard, and all you have are your pyjamas?

Follow the crew of the worst pirates ever on their adventure to almost discover some of the world’s greatest treasures… as they never quite make it to where they are going, or if they do are always the last.

Please Note: There will be no performances on Monday 7 October for the public holiday.