What's On

Located in the stunning Adelaide Hills, the National Motor Museum grounds play regular host to some of the finest social motoring events in Australia, including the Bay to Birdwood Finish Event and the Rock & Roll Rendezvous. The extensive grounds also attract motoring clubs from the wider community that regularly hold days and celebrations at the Museum, for example the annual Minis at the Mill and Small Ford Sunday. 

What's on

Bush Mechanics: the exhibition

Exhibition

Daily from 12 April 2017 to 7 July 2017 (then touring nationally)

Bush Mechanics: the exhibition is based on the incredibly popular ABC TV series of the same name. It shows the adoption of the motorcar as an integral part of Aboriginal life in Central Australia. More than just a showcase of bush ingenuity, the show was a documentary-style series with strong elements of comedy, music and magical realism.

The exhibition will show the ingenuity of the bush mechanics in the context of Warlpiri storytelling, music and art and wider issues (motoring and non-motoring) affecting Aboriginal Australians.

Interview with Bush Mechanics curator

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Bush Mechanics: the Exhibition - Curator's Tour

Guided Tour

Friday May 5th 11am Friday May 12th 11am Friday May 19th 11am Friday May 26th 11am

Bush Mechanics is the Museum's newest exhibition, open from mid-April 2017.

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Club Space

Temporary exhibition
Bookings are required for groups

19 March to 17 June 2017

To celebrate the achievements of Frank Johns and early Adelaide Japanese motorcycle importers, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club has an exhibition of iconic Japanese motorcycles. 

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Adelaide CBD Motoring History Walking Tour

Guided Tour

Sunday 7 May 10am to around 12pm.

Join a walking tour of inner city Adelaide and find out about the early motoring shops, and a focus on Vivian Lewis, FT Hack, Duncan and Fraser.

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Chrysler Heritage Tour

Guided Tour
Bookings are essential

Sunday 21 May meet 9:45am for 10am departure. Finishes around 3:30pm.

Join us for a bus tour of TJ Richards, Chrysler Australia and later Mitsubishi Motors historical sites in the greater Adelaide area.

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The Holden Collection: Curator's Tour

Guided Tour

Friday 5th May 2pm Friday 12th May 2pm Friday 19th May 2pm Friday 26th May 2pm

Join the National Motor Museum's curator, Matthew Lombard, on a special tour of the Holden vehicles in the collection.

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Uncovered: the Lost Tools of Henry Hoke

Exhibition

Monday May 1st to Wednesday May 31st daily 10 am to 5 pm.

The new exhibition showcases some of Henry Hoke's most brilliant inventions - including his revolutionary Clockwork Propulsion Vehicle.

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Race in Virtual Reality

Exhibition

A Virtual Reality video game has been created especially for the Museum by local South Australian developers Novus-Res.

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Solid Ground: a History of the Birdwood Mill

Temporary exhibition

Solid Ground is an exhibition that explores the history of the Birdwood mill, the site which has hosted the National Motor Museum for the last 50 years.

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1920s Garage

Permanent exhibition

Come and see what the interior of a typical mechanical workshop looked like in the 1920s. Museum volunteers have created a replica 1920s Garage using tin signs, petrol pumps, original tools, advertising images, a fire extinguisher, and even a vintage typewriter and small office. The main feature is a rolling Ford Model T chassis, designed to show the various components of a chassis and running gear and how they fit together. 

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