Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

What are the Museum's collection priorities?

The National Motor Museum collects objects related to Australian motoring history with two principle collecting areas: vehicles and non-motoring objects. Read more about What are the Museum's collection priorities? >

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What happened to all the non-motoring objects at the Birdwood Mill?

The Birdwood Mill Museum, now the National Motor Museum, was established by private owners and collectors in 1964 and featured curios, collectibles, local arts and crafts, and an aircraft, alongside a motoring collection. Many of our visitors fondly remember some of the more curious objects, such as a double-headed calf or the aircraft housed on the top floor of the old mill.  Read more about What happened to all the non-motoring objects at the Birdwood Mill? >

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Would the Museum like some information about a vehicle on display?

The National Motor Museum has almost 300 vehicles on display, of which most are part of the State Collection. However, a significant number of vehicles are on loan from private individuals. Read more about Would the Museum like some information about a vehicle on display? >

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Does the Museum provide vehicle valuations?

Vehicle valuation is a highly specialised field undertaken by experienced and accredited individuals for commercial purposes. This is not considered a part of the National Motor Museum's operating practices. Read more about Does the Museum provide vehicle valuations? >

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I want to sell my vehicle, can you help?

The National Motor Museum has a limited acquisition budget and is not normally in a position to purchase vehicles, nor are we able to place vehicles on display for the purposes of private sale. We do not sell vehicles on consignment or on behalf of private owners. We do welcome loan offers which are assessed on a case by case basis. You are welcome to contact us for information about our procedures. Read more about I want to sell my vehicle, can you help? >

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I believe my vehicle was once on display at the National Motor Museum, can you tell me if this is true?

Many vehicles have been displayed at the National Motor Museum since its inception as the Birdwood Mill Museum in 1964. In the early days the Museum was in private hands and its then owners bought and sold many vehicles depending on their own collection preferences. Since the Museum was purchased by the South Australian Government most vehicles have either become part of the State Collection or have been loaned to the Museum by private individuals. Read more about I believe my vehicle was once on display at the National Motor Museum, can you tell me if this is true? >

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Can the Museum help me restore a car?

The National Motor Museum is not in a position to take on outside restorations though we are able to provide some limited advice. However, the Museum is a division of History SA, a South Australian statutory authority and as such we cannot recommend a specific individual commercial restorer. For technical information we can consult the technical reference collection as part of the George Brooks Library. Read more about Can the Museum help me restore a car? >

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