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On the Beach

On the Beach

Take a look back at South Australia's love affair with the ocean.


retro bathing suits

Violet Rowe Swimwear Collection

Mezzanine Level

Take a journey through the evolution of bathing costumes. Learn about everything from bathing restrictions and rules to woollen bathers and string bikinis!

inside the bathing box

Bathing Box 20

Ground Floor

From Seacliff to Glenelg, bathing boxes once lined our shores, offering people shelter and privacy. Step into Bathing Box 20 and reminisce over a bygone era.

kid in museum

Diving into the Past

Main floor

What happens to those items that get lost to time under the waves of the ocean? Discover the stories behind objects salvaged from under the jetty’s pillions. Who is the girl named Lucy and how did she lose her ring?

child peering in arcade game

Amusements By the Sea

Main floor

Who remembers Magic Mountain? Did you know that Luna Park, Sydney’s famous landmark, once graced Glenelg’s shores? See our old Magic Mountain Mirror and step back in time to a world of wonder and magic.