Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Updated 3.30pm 18 November 2020

COVID-19 Temporary closure

Many of you will be aware that South Australia is implementing a significant response to a recent outbreak of COVID-19.

This means that we will be closing our museums this afternoon and for the next six days from midnight 18 November 2020, in accordance with the SA Government Emergency Management Declaration. This includes all History Trust museums and galleries including the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum, the SA Maritime Museum and the Centre of Democracy and our headquarters located at the Torrens Parade Ground.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow SA Health and SA Government advice. The health and safety of our teams, visitors and volunteers remains our priority. You can read more about the History Trust’s COVIDSafe approach here.

We are confident that together we can get on top of this.

There is plenty of wonderful SA history available to see and explore online, particularly through our websites.

We will continue to provide updates on any changes through our website and social media channels. If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit or call the Australian Government’s Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

In the meantime, we ask our South Australian friends to stay home and stay safe.

Updated 12pm 17 November 2020

How we are keeping you safe

Guided by expert health advice and in accordance with Australian State and Federal Government recommendations and requirements, we have developed a COVIDSafe Plan that is unique to the South Australian Maritime Museum. This plan is available to view on request and key initiatives include:

  • Increased cleaning with special attention to frequent touchpoints
  • Development of recommended routes through the museum to assist with flow
  • Establishment of maximum visitor capacity for our galleries
  • Installation of numerous hygiene stations providing access to hand sanitiser.

How you can help us

  • If you have cold or flu symptoms seek testing and stay home until you are well
  • Wash your hands often and make use of the hand sanitiser stations located throughout the museum
  • Observe social distancing and maximum gallery capacities at all times
  • Help keep your family and community safe by downloading the Australian Government COVIDSafe app.

Planning your visit

The South Australian Maritime Museum one of South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and is particularly busy on weekends and public holidays. From our reopening on 5 June 2020, the South Australian Maritime Museum has a maximum capacity of 75 within its building at any one time, and we have updated our admission process so that everyone can enjoy our museum.

We recommend that you read our updated visitor information below to plan your visit in advance Please contact us if you have any questions.

Visiting times

From Monday 29 June, our session time allocations will end. You can still pre-book for your visit, but you can now come at any time during the day.

Members can pre-book by contacting the Museum on 08 8207 6255 or emailing


Although not a requirement, pre-purchase tickets can be booked online or by calling the South Australian Maritime Museum on 08 8207 6255 or email on


We are unable to store any personal items (including bags, jackets or prams). Please do not bring bulky items into the museum.

Cashless payments only

We are only accepting cashless payments by card so please ensure you bring suitable payment options.

Contact details

We have been able to reopen our museum under the SA Government’s Emergency Management Direction for Public Activities. As a part of that Direction, we are required to keep a record of the name and contact details of all visitors to the museum along with the date and time of their visit. This information is kept confidentially and, should we be notified of a possible COVID-19 exposure in the Museum, the records will be used by health authorities for contact tracing purposes. The information we collect is not allowed to be used for any purpose other than contact tracing. Under the Emergency Management Direction, you can refuse to provide your name and/or contact details, in which case we will record the time and date of you and your group’s visit only.

During your visit

Please maintain 1.5m distance

We ask that you observe social distancing requirements and maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between you and others.

Increased cleaning program

We have increased our cleaning program across our museum, particularly in high-touch areas or displays.

Maximum capacity

We will continue to comply with government regulations for the maximum number of people allowed within our museums and within individual rooms and galleries, and this may change over time. We ask you to observe the indicated maximum capacity of space at all times. This is currently at 75.

Hygiene stations

We have installed hygiene stations around our museum for your use, particularly in areas with higher touchpoints. We encourage you to use these at any time.

Suggested paths

In some spaces and galleries, we have provided a suggested path through our exhibition to maintain the required social distancing. Please observe these paths if possible.


Our visitor engagement team have been trained to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for our visitors. Please speak to them if you have any concerns or questions.

Hygienic practices

We ask that you continue to practice safe hygiene by washing hands thoroughly, using hand sanitiser where possible and please do not visit our museum if you are unwell.

COVIDSafe app

Please keep your family and community safe by downloading the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app.


More information about The History Trust of South Australia’s response to the Roadmap to Recovery from COVID-19 is available at If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080. We thank you for visiting us at the South Australian Maritime Museum and for supporting our approach as we work together to remain COVIDsafe.

Updated: 12pm 23 March 2020

Effective midday today, Monday 23 March, The History Trust of South Australia will close all of its public sites, including National Motor Museum, South Australian Maritime Museum, Migration Museum and Centre of Democracy until further notice.

The safety and well-being of our visitors, employees, volunteers and the broader community is our top priority. We are taking these steps as a public health precaution in support of measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are committed to providing support for our employees and to safeguarding our community during challenging times.

The History Trust of South Australia’s senior management have taken this decision in line with the new national widespread social gathering measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 March.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the situation, we will not announce a reopening date at this time and will be providing regular updates via our website and social media channels.

If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Thank you for your understanding. It is important that community health and safety are paramount. Take care.

Kind Regards
Greg Mackie OAM
Chief Executive Officer
History Trust of South Australia


17 March 2020

We are reaching out to keep you informed in light of the worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic response. As always, the wellbeing of our visitors, patrons, team members and volunteers are our highest priority.

At this time, the South Australian Maritime Museum and History Trust of South Australia’s management are in consultation with government stakeholders to determine the best way forward. We are proceeding according to best practice advice from the Australian and South Australian governments – as well as state and national health services.

As a precautionary measure, we are suspending all education and public programs until further notice at the South Australian Maritime Museum. The Port Adelaide Lighthouse will remain closed until further notice.

All current school bookings for term 1 will be rescheduled to terms 3 and 4.

The museum will remain open to the public as we recognise the important role it plays in communities in times of uncertainty.

While the South Australian Maritime Museum remains open at this stage, the following precautionary measures have been undertaken to reduce risk:
• Increased cleaning and signage that encourages hygienic practices including handwashing and provision of additional hand sanitation stations in the museums.
• SAMM is encouraging team members to engage in social distancing, reducing physical contact when greeting others.
• SAMM will adopt cashless procedures for transactions to minimise contact.
• SAMM has reinforced standard employee health practices, including sending employees home and encouraging employees who are unwell to stay home if their demonstrated health symptoms could impact upon colleagues or visitors.
• SAMM is aware that minimising the spread of germs and illness is critical and encourages patrons who are feeling unwell to wait until they are well enough to visit.

If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

We are closely monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and will immediately advise the public through our social media channels of any changes.

Thank you for your understanding. Take care.

Kind regards,

Greg Mackie OAM
Chief Executive Officer
History Trust of South Australia