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The Bay Discovery Centre and the Visitor Information Centre at the Glenelg Town Hall is closed to the public from 17 November 2020 for two weeks. We will provide a re-opening date as soon as the State Government eases the current restrictions.

The History Centre at Brighton is also temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

If you require information about a donation offer or a request to purchase images, please email us at

Tiati Wins National Award

We were thrilled to learn that Tiati is the National Winner in the Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA's) 2020. Selected from a shortlist of all the winning entries from across Australia, the overall winner demonstrates extraordinary and innovative approaches to traditional museum practices.

Visit Us

The Bay Discovery Centre is a social history museum in the heart of Glenelg, celebrating the cultural heritage of South Australia. Wander through our galleries to discover the stories of the Kaurna People of the Adelaide Plains, South Australia's Proclamation and settlement, the evolution of beach culture and some of our States most loved identities.

Opening Times

Open daily from 10am to 2pm.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

Entry is by Gold Coin Donation.

Getting Here

The Bay Discovery Centre is just a short tram ride from the City of Adelaide - Stop 17 Moseley Square.

Exhibitions & Events

We have a vibrant calendar of changing exhibitions and events, chosen to showcase the very best of our State's arts and unique history.

Group Bookings & Resources

Bookings can be made for groups of more than 10 people below.

Please note, our School Group bookings are now available, in-line with any relevant Government COVID-19 restrictions.

Explore the Holdfast Bay History Collection

Discover our hidden treasures, purchase a photograph and learn how you can add to the Collection by making a donation.

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