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Discover Our Past and Our Passions

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.

Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka - Truth-Telling Together

Main Floor

A new permanent exhibition in collaboration with the Kaurna Nation exploring the true history of South Australia. Learn about the settlement of South Australia in parallel with the historical experiences of Aboriginal people.

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



Ground Floor Gallery, July - September

Over the coming weeks, watch this model train set transform as volunteers bring a miniature village and its derailed train and tracks back to life.

Group bookings and resources

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

Please note, our School Group bookings will commence from 20 July in-line with the beginning of Term 3, and 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.


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.

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