The Bay Discovery Centre is a museum operating on the Glenelg foreshore. It explores the social history of Adelaide, including the history of beach culture and beach life. It is in a small space, but it is an informative museum and has some fun interactive activities for kids. To enter the museum you'll just have to pay a small gold coin donation.
The museum feels a little like a miniature version of the South Australian Maritime Museum. Its new and well maintained exhibits almost make the Maritime Museum feel a bit tired, especially when compared to the bright exhibits here. The museum follows similar stores to parts for the Maritime Museum, looking at the journeys by sea that were taken by the settlers of Adelaide. There are recordings of written accounts that are played in parts of the museum, and it looks at the ships that docked at Glenelg many years ago.
Glenelg is a huge focus of the Bay Discovery Centre. You can check out some of the many things that have been found around the Glenelg Jetty, and view an exhibit about the history of this seaside town. The museum looks at the influence that Glenelg has had on the history of Adelaide.
The history of beach culture, and the progression of life around the beach are all shown at the museum. You can see the evolution of the swimsuit, and learn about what has made the beach such a popular place. There are even old arcade machines from past set ups at the beach, these are operating and kids and adults can have a go at the fortune teller for just a dollar.
For an informative and fun visit when you're heading to the beach, head to the Bay Discovery Centre. The museum is open 10am-5pm daily, so check it out next time you're at the Bay.