SA’s History Festival ramps up this weekend with the Maritime Museum Open Day.
Celebrating the 78th anniversary of the HMAS Whyalla launching, the museum and its spectacular grounds will come to life this Saturday for the open day. For just a gold coin entry there will be a host of entertainment, food, refreshments and, of course, full access to the Maritime Museum and the HMAS Whyalla (the big ship in front of the museum).
The museum’s new Navigation pop-up display is a must-see while the ship is open for people to explore with the help of guides on board. No need to book for this experience.
Adding to the historical attractions there will be a jumping castle, giant games, Whyalla’s very own community brass band and a roving D’Faces magician performing all sorts of tricks. The Navy Cadets will be cooking a barbecue, there will be a coffee van onsite along with the Lions Club dishing up donuts and chips.
Visitor Centre Team Leader Teresa Coles said the annual event was a family day and a great way to check out the ship and museum in a carnival-type atmosphere.
“This is the ideal opportunity for anyone who hasn’t been to the Maritime Museum or seen through the HMAS Whyalla,” Teresa said.
“Even if you’ve been here before, this is a great chance to come back and see what’s new."
“You can wander around the ship at your leisure with guides on hand to answer questions, check out all the displays in the museum including the model trains and then spread out on the beautiful lawns to enjoy the food and entertainment.”
The Maritime Museum Open Day runs from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, May 11, with the ship open from 11am – 3pm. A gold coin donation gets you into the festivities with the proceeds going towards restoration projects on HMAS Whyalla.
The Whyalla Maritime Museum is on Lincoln Highway on the northern entrance to Whyalla. Phone the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre on 1800 088 589 for more information.
The Whyalla Maritime Museum is home to the first ship to be built in the Whyalla Shipyards in 1941 which now stands high and dry, 2km from the sea and 2m off the ground and yes you can climb board to explore and learn about life on the sea on a guided tour.
The Whyalla Maritime Museum galleries reflect Whyalla’s shipbuilding era documenting the story of the four wartime corvettes built in Whyalla.
Open daily: 10am – 4pm, the Whyalla Maritime Museum is only closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. Admission includes a tour of the WWII Bathurst Class Corvette, HMAS Whyalla, with guided ship tours daily at 11.30am and 1.30pm.
HMAS Whyalla at the Whyalla Maritime Museum
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