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Be a cheapskate for the weekend
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Take a Ride on a Steam Engine at Museums in the Port


Museums in the Port brings a weekend of discounted and free entry to all museums in Port Adelaide. The South Australian Maritime Museum, SA Aviation Museum and National Railway Museum are all offering special admission prices to coincide with the Port Adelaide Boatfest Festival. All museums in the Port are offering free admission to children under 15 and discounted adult tickets of just $5 for each museum.

All of the museums are putting on special activities for children and exciting things to do for adults over the weekend of October 13-14. Here are some of the highlights at time of writing.

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Free or Discount Entry at the South Australian Maritime Museum


South Australian Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum will ring with the sound of smithies' hammers and coopers' adzes in a display of rare trades during the Boatfest Festival. In the galleries, you will hear echoes of shanties and songs from the sea. Come and try your hand at the Institute of Backyard studies' unusual Toroidal Smoke Ring machine.

See the museum's exhibition Leviathan on the history of whaling, and watch Aboriginal artists from Ceduna create stunning works of art inspired by the story of Jidera the whale. Admire the craftsmanship in Uncle Moogy's Yuki (bark canoe) and a selection of sir James Hardy's famous sail craft, before boarding the state's oldest steam tug Yelta. Unfortunately, there won't be any harbour cruises though.

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Become a High Flier in a F111 Fighter at SA Aviation Museum


South Australian Aviation Museum
Bring your ear muffs as the South Australian Aviation Museum revs up its vintage aircraft engines (scheduled times are 11am, 1pm and 3pm), or become a historic flier by climbing into the cockpit of a real F-111 fighter jet (costs apply).

Be a thrill seeker and see a bird's eye view of the Boatfest Festival action from a Barossa Helicopter (costs apply) or take a break and listen to the sounds of the Torrens and Henley Big Band as you enjoy a cup of coffee and a sausage sizzle.

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Take a Red Hen Railcar Shuttle Between Museums


National Railway Museum
At the National Railway Museum on Lipson street, there's time to get steamed up taking a ride on a century-old steam locomotive. Hop on one of the twenty-minute train shuttles between the National Railway Museum and the Aviation Museum and go retro on a Redhen railcar (adults $3/ride and children under 15 years old are free), or take the kids for a ride on miniature steam engine Bub for free.

More Information
Museums in the Port and Boatfest Festival 2018 take place on the weekend of October 13-14 from 10am until 5pm in Port Adelaide. All museums in the Port are offering free admission to children under 15 and discounted adult tickets of just $5 for each museum. Find more details about the exciting things to do and fun for kids on the Boatfest Festival website.

Sadly it seems that the Festival Of Vintage Boats, Planes and Trains is not returning this year. Renewal SA has sold their riverfront land in Port Adelaide, and are no longer sponsoring events to 'activate' the area. Luckily there is lots to see and do in Port Adelaide and surrounding areas, including the fab new playground at the Roy Marten park.

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Why? Get cheap (or free) entry to museums in Port Adelaide over this weekend
When: 10am - 5pm
Where: Port Adelaide
Cost: Free or cheap
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