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

Last Cab to Darwin - outdoor cinema

Special event
Bookings are essential

Last Cab to Darwin - outdoor screening

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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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Kids' Spaces

Family activity

Are your kids looking for something fun to do? Bring them to the National Motor Museum. Not only are there almost 300 vehicles on display for them to see, we also have lots of fun interactives for kids spread throughout the pavilions.

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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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Eddie Perkins: A Redex Legend

Permanent exhibition

Eddie Perkins (1920-2006) won the 1956 Mobilgas Around Australia Trial in a Volkswagen Beetle with his brother Lance as co-driver, helping to put this European car on the Australian map. He was the patriarch of this well-known motorsport family: his son Larry won multiple Bathurst 1000 races, and grandson Jack is a well-known V8 Supercar driver. This exhibition showcases some of his prizes for the 1956 rally win.

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Bobby Socks, Fins and Chrome

Permanent exhibition

Australia had its own experience of the 1950s. Check out the jukebox, which plays the number one hits of the decade - and there's not much rock and roll! You can also try out our drive-in experience.

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Sunburnt Country: Icons of Australian Motoring

Permanent exhibition

Sunburnt Country honours Australia’s iconic vehicles, legendary people, motoring innovation and adventurous journeys. From the novelty of a horseless carriage in 1899 to the 1948 release of ‘Australia’s Own Car’ – the Holden, Sunburnt Country celebrates Australia’s unique love affair with all things motoring. See the vehicles that first conquered Australia’s rugged landscape and vast distances and have kept those in isolated regions in touch with the rest of the world. Australians have embraced motoring as a fundamental part of our lives, and for many, it is an obsession.

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Model Behaviour

Permanent exhibition

From Boomeroo to Barbie, for some people, the joy of childhood never fades. Model Behaviour showcases the collections of three South Australians with a passion for toy or model cars. If you remember Corgi models ('the ones with the windows') or you've ever wanted a pedal car, Model Behaviour is sure to delight.

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