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National Motor Museum 50th Celebration Day

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National Motor Museum Birdwood
The motor museum began in this old flour mill in Birdwood. Image courtesy of Birdwood Mill Flickr photo share website at

The National Motor Museum at Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills has got to be one of the best museums in Australia. Many of us grew up enjoying fun outings to see the collection. I remember my grandparents taking me as a child when I was visiting Adelaide. If you havn't been for a while, you may like to attend this special occasion planned by the museum to celebrate their 50th year.

National Motor Museum Birdwood
Many events are held on the large lawned area inside the museum grounds. Image courtesy of Birdwood Mill Flickr photo share website at

Originally established in November 1965 by motoring enthusiasts Jack Kaines and Len Vigar in the Old Birdwood Mill, which was a disused flour mill. The original fittings are still in the building and can be viewed on the day. The mill will have a special historical display on the day. Many motoring clubs, and individuals have contributed over the years to make this the fine museum it is today. The premises has had to expand over the years, with new buildings and large outdoor spaces for events.The collection has grown to 300 vehicles, and also has motorcycles, trucks and many and motoring memorabilia items. It is now an extremely popular museum with people from Adelaide, interstate and overseas as visitors.

National Motor Museum Birdwood
The MG from England has been popular at car events over the years. Image by Pixal Light Media on

The place looks bigger and better than ever, so this is an ideal day to return to the town of Birdwood to see the progress that has been achieved over the years. As a thank you to all who have contributed, the Motor Museum will hold a special picnic day on Sunday 22nd of November. This day will commemorative the official opening of 50 years ago.

So head for the hills on a fine Spring day, with your own picnic or buy from the food available. Activities will include special motoring attractions, live music, family activities, food vans and the special historic exhibition in the Old Mill. All children will have free entry and adults at the special entry of only $5. Kids absolutely love looking at the old cars and artefacts. There are even hands on things for kids to touch. This makes a great family activity, but allow time to view the extensive collection as it takes hours to see it all.

National Motor Museum Birdwood
Early Holdens have earned there place in our National Motor Museum. This one is privately owned but you can see many old Holdens at the museum. Image copyright to Out and About.
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Why? A fabulous family outing at an affordable price.
When: Saunday 22nd of November, 2015
Phone: 8568 4000
Where: In the main street of Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills.
Cost: All adults are $5 and kids are free.
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