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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.

Tiati Wins Best in Heritage International Award!

Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together) was recently named as the 2021 Project of Influence at the Best in Heritage Awards held in Dobrovnik, Croatia.

The Best in Heritage Awards and Conference is a global event supported by ICOM (International Council of Museums) and Europa Nostra. The Best in Heritage aims to highlight the best museum, heritage and conservation projects from around the world with The Board of Advisors shortlisting 42 among hundreds that have won awards in the past year.

The award is a massive achievement for the Bay Discovery Centre, the City of Holdfast Bay, and the Kaurna Nation. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to the Bay Discovery Centre volunteers for their ongoing support of Tiati.

Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka is open daily at the Bay Discovery Centre, 10am - 2pm.

Exhibitions & Events

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.

Evolution of Surfing - 1960s Australian Board Design

Ground Floor Gallery
6 November 2021 until 13 March 2022, 10am – 2pm daily

Whilst today the coastline of Glenelg is relatively calm, back in the 1960s and prior to the Glenelg breakwater, massive storms in the St Vincent Gulf created ideal surf conditions. It wasn’t unusual to see locals riding wind waves along the Patawalonga or jumping straight from the Glenelg jetty into the swell. Eventually, the surfers headed south and Glenelg continued as a calm seaside attraction.

This summer surfing will return to Glenelg in a landmark exhibition. The Evolution of Surfing - 1960s Australian Board Design is an exclusive exhibition looking at the evolution of surfboards in the 1960s. For possibly the first time, twenty important surfboards from across Australia will go on display in the Bay Discovery Centre museum and gallery. Each board has been selected by local Alistair Boot, a former Junior State Surfing Champion, and surfboard enthusiast. Exhibition highlights include rare Wayne Lynch and Midget Farrelly boards and never before seen local photographs and film from 100 Percent Surfboards.

Watch a sneak peek from the exhibition of South Australian shaping legend, Rod Bedford, in his workshop:

From when you take off to when you finish the wave, it's like leaving the past behind and surfing into the future
- Alistair Boot

Permanent Galleries

Bay Sheffield
Presented by South Australian Athletic League

Mezzanine Level

The first footrace at Glenelg was held on the 28th of December 1886 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Proclamation of South Australia. 135 years later, the Bay Sheffield is still South Australia’s premier footrace.

Group Bookings & Resources

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

Please note, our School Group bookings will be 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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