School Holidays: GooRoo Animation

Are you the next Steven Spielberg? Come visit us at the South Australian Maritime Museum this school holidays and find out!

GooRoo Animation workshops will be held during the first weekend of the holidays (25 – 28 September) where you can learn to create your very own movies. Cam will teach you about what goes into making a film, giving you a behind the scenes glimpse into producing an animated movie at a professional level. Be inspired by the maritime objects on display, and create your own LEGO boat or pirate to be the star of the show!

Movies will be filmed and put together using the Stop Motion Studio App available on mobile devices. They will then be uploaded to YouTube via the GooRoo Animation Workshops channel so you can share them with all your friends and family!

The workshops are FREE with museum entry.

School Holidays: Ship n Bricks

THEY’RE BACK – and ready to be tracked down!

Our displays have yet again been taken over by all sorts of maritime characters – of the LEGO kind. Start your day off with a trip to the museum for our new and improved scavenger hunt.

Use our Ship n Bricks guide book to find all the LEGO characters that are hiding in our displays.

There will be a letter with each character that will spell out a secret phrase. Find the letters, write out the phrase and go in the draw to win your very own LEGO Lighthouse set!

Join us for even more LEGO fun with our GooRoo Animation workshops.

Both activities are FREE with museum entry.

Download your guide here.

Competition details

  • One entry per child.
  • Competition prize is a LEGO Lighthouse set valued at $130.
  • Competition will run from Saturday 25 September – Sunday 10 October at the South Australian Maritime Museum.
  • Competition winner will be drawn Monday 11 October at 10am and notified later that day.
  • Winner will be contacted via phone or email and advertised at the museum front counter for up to a month after the competition ends.
  • Prize can be collected from the South Australian Maritime Museum admin office.
  • If the winner cannot be contacted after 14 days, a second winner will be drawn and notified.

LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this event.

EXTENDED: Ship N’ Bricks!

It’s time to get out your spyglass again – we’ve got a new scavenger hunt for you!

Our displays have been taken over by all sorts of maritime characters – of the Lego kind.

There are 12 mini-figures stowed away among our collection, each with their own hiding spot and story to tell. Follow the clues in your Ship N Bricks guide book to discover all their secret spots.

Labour of Love Paste Up walk

2021 marks the centenary of the completion of the Port Adelaide Workers Memorial. It celebrates the contribution of activists from all walks of life who have devoted their lives to improving conditions for local working people. Scattered throughout the Port, the Labour of Love images capture labour in the Port, campaigns for better working conditions, and portraits of people honoured on the Memorial. The images have been sourced from the State Library, unions, and descendants.

Artist Rachel Harris (Bit Scribbly Design) casts her disruptive eye over our Port, carefully camouflaging a cheeky contemporary twist to each image.  We encourage you to do a double take!

The Labour of Love project is a collaboration between the Port of Adelaide National Trust and the SA Maritime Museum, and is funded by Port Adelaide Enfield Council.

If you are keen to discover more about the stories and people profiled in the Paste Up project, visit the Labour of Love display at the Maritime Museum.

Download the map here:

SOLD OUT – Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea

Join the Adelaide Male Voice Choir at the SA Maritime Museum as part of South Australia’s History Festival 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 exhibition is supported by temporary exhibition, Pamela and thDuchess which tells the story of life, love and loss on the high seas through intimate photographs taken by British journalist, Pamela Bourne aboard the Herzogin Cecilie.

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.