National Motor Museum - Adelaide - Review

If you're visiting Adelaide or the Adelaide Hills, do make the drive to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. Motor enthusiasts and families love this museum and for my car obsessed son, this was heaven! Little Miss loved looking at all the cars and motorbikes too, we had a fun afternoon.

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From the get go at the Museum Shop, the kids got on the little cars for sale and wanted to ride through the museum. Would have been a great idea but we left the cars at the shop for repairs haha!

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The National Motor Museum has a unique collection of cars, trucks, vans, motorbikes, bicycles, toy and model cars and so much more! Kids will love walking through the aisles of cars and motorbikes and checkout one of a kind vehicles that are only at the museum. 

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Checkout the latest exhibition Sunburnt Country which celebrates Australia‚Äôs unique love affair with all things motoring. The exhibit includes the hand-built 1899 Shearer Steam Carriage, the 1908 Talbot that crossed from Adelaide to Darwin and the faithful 1936 Leyland Badger that enabled the legendary South Australian Mailman of the Outback, Tom Kruse, to deliver mail to rural communities. We liked watching the video in this exhibit showcasing the way cars were built back in those days.

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Walk through the aisles of motorbikes and scooters on show and make your way to the 1920s mechanical workshop which has petrol pumps, original tools, advertising images, a fire extinguisher, and even a vintage typewriter and small office.

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Don't miss the Model Behaviour exhibit on your way out which features a number of pedal cars which came to life in the workshop of Adelaide grandfather Bob Phillips, and an impressive collection of Corgi model cars which was the life-long passion of Eric Hauschild.

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We loved our time at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood and didn't mind the drive up through the beautiful villages. The kids did not stop admiring everything in sight. It was heaven for my car loving son!  

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Our tips:

  • The National Motor Museum is located at Shannon Street in Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills.
  • The Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Day from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Admission to the Museum is $15.50 per adult, $6.50 for children, Free for kids under 5 and $35 for a family of 2 adults and up to 6 children.
  • The Museum is pram friendly.
  • There are toilets inside the Museum.

Busy City Kids were invited to the National Motor Museum for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

For more information and up-to-date news about the National Motor Museum, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.