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Discover Our Past and Our Passions

The Bay Discovery Centre is a Social History Museum 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.

Our Ground Floor Gallery is constantly evolving - bringing together arts, history, and the community through a range of exhibitions and cultural events.

Opening Times

Open daily from 10am to 4pm.
Closed Christmas 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. For further information, visit the Adelaide Metro website.

Group Bookings

We cater for individual visitors, coaches, school groups and local history groups. Contact our friendly volunteers for bookings.

Brave New Wave
Desert Women Painters

Ground Floor Gallery 15 November 2019 to 2 February 2020

Pioneering and visionary paintings by some of Australia’s most iconic Central and Western Desert women who rose to prominence in the late 20th Century.

A Flinders University Museum of Art touring exhibition.

Presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.

Judy Napangardi Watson, Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming), 1996
Judy Napangardi Watson, Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming), (detail) 1996 © Judy Napangardi Watson / Licensed by Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation 2019

Coming soon

Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka
Truth-Telling Together

Main Floor, opens Saturday 7 December

A new permanent exhibition in collaboration with the Kaurna Nation exploring the true history of South Australia.

Stay tuned for an exciting itinerary of public programs and events!

Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka
Two Truths, 2019


Day to day front-of-house operations are run entirely by the Volunteer Team. If you are interested in volunteering at the Bay Discovery Centre, please visit our Volunteering page.

Want to Know More About Holdfast Bay History?

Visit the Holdfast Bay History Centre, Brighton or access the History Collection via our Library Catalogue.

What does truth-telling mean to you?
- Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka, 2019