Museums & Places of Interest
In South Australia we are fortunate to have a number of military history museums and places of interest that provide an excellent overview of South Australia’s military history.
Below is a directory of South Australian museums and places of interest that are open to the public.
Army Museum of South Australia
Located at historic Keswick Barracks, the Army Museum of South Australia began in 1992 when a need to collect and preserve our military history was recognised. The museum features a large number of detailed military exhibits, including life-size displays to give visitors a better understanding of what life was like for soldiers in war as well as vehicle and artillery displays.
Keswick Army Barracks, Anzac Highway, Keswick 5035
Sunday – 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Monday – 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Wednesday – 11:00AM – 2:00PM
South Australian Aviation Museum
The SA Aviation Museum is a thriving place for the aviation enthusiast and historian. Visitors have a great variety of aircraft, engines, propellers, historic displays and memorabilia to view and museum members are available for guided tours or to answer questions. Several times a year visitors and members can enjoy the museum’s ‘Engine Run’ and ‘Open Cockpit’ days when many of the Museum’s working engines are run and many cockpits are open for inspection.
66 Lipson St, Port Adelaide SA 5015
10.30am – 4.30pm Everyday (except Christmas Day)
South Australian Maritime Museum
Located in the historic Port Adelaide precinct, the South Australian Maritime Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers. Renowned for its innovative approach to maritime history and education, the Museum incorporates the historic Bond Store with three floors of exhibitions, the Port Adelaide Lighthouse from South Neptune Island, and the much-loved steam tug, Yelta.
126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide SA 5015
10.00am – 4.30pm Everyday (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)
National Railway Museum
Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia’s largest undercover railway museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia. Climb into the cabs of giant steam engines, walk through elegant carriages, enjoy the fun of train rides and interactive and educational displays. The museum features WWI and WWII display,s where you can learn about the contribution of South Australia’s railways during the world war years.
76 Lipson St, Port Adelaide 5015
The museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It opens from 12pm on Anzac Day and is closed on Christmas Day.
Fort Glanville Conservation Park
Fort Glanville Conservation Park represents a significant period in South Australia’s European colonial history. The fort remains largely unaltered since it was built in 1880 to boost Australia’s defence strategy. Visitors are treated to full historical re-enactments by members of the Fort Glanville Association, including military drills and cannon firing.
359 Military Road, Semaphore Park SA 5018
Open days and re-enactments – The fort is open the third Sunday of every month from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, between September and May. Guided tours and historical re-enactments operate during these times.
Tours – The fort is open for tours every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome and no booking is necessary for groups of less than 25.
National Military Vehicle Museum
Opened in August 1993 at the old Messenger Press building at Port Adelaide and now relocated to a group of historic WW2 era buildings within the Defence precinct of Edinburgh Parks this museum is unique number of ways. The majority of the vehicles are privately owned by the Society members and therefore each member is responsible for their own vehicles. In addition the vehicles are not just restored to look at, they are rebuilt to authentic running condition and most are road registered and driven regularly. Military vehicles and items range from the First World War to current times.
10 Sturton Rd, Edinburgh Parks SA 5108
The museum is open every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, unless the weather forecast is to be above 38°C, in which case the museum’s hot weather policy will apply. The museum can also be opened at any time, by arrangement, for group bookings.
Bublacowie Military Museum
At the Bublacowie Museum you’ll find medals, uniforms and memorabilia, as well as the very personal photographs and memorabilia of local servicemen and women who served their country in all major conflicts. Further information can be found in the following article “Bublacowie Military Museum”.
Bublacowie Rd, Yorketown SA 5576
Monday, Tuesday, Sunday 10am-4pm or by appointment for bus tours and social clubs.
Australian War Memorial, London
This memorial commemorates the service men and women who served in WWI and WWII by listing the names of the towns in which they were born. Superimposed on the 23,844 town names are 47 of the many battles in which they fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, Australia.
The 23,844 place names that are etched into the solid granite of the wall record the origins of Australia’s sons and daughters who served their nation in the two world wars. They recall the impact that was felt by the families and communities of these towns. In the words of the design team, ‘they are the places where families grieved and endured, where lives were resumed and carried on into the future’. One of the purposes of the memorial is to recognise the contribution made by these towns, some of which sent whole generations to serve in the wars.