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National Motor Museum

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by Meagan Sewell (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Published October 13th 2011
The National Motor Museum is located in the town of Birdwood, Adelaide Hills. This museum is an international display centre for motoring heritage. It is not only a place for great preservation of distinct motor vehicles, but a place to learn about the history of different eras of motoring and our way of life and society through the decades past.
Museum Front

The Motor Museum of Birdwood is extremely popular, people enjoy visiting the many impressive displays and exhibitions. The museum hosts special events each year such as the Rock 'n Roll Rendezvous and the very famous Bay To Birdwood Classic.

The Bay To Birdwood is an event where people can enter in and show off their classic cars of distinction. Each time the Bay To Birdwood occurs people enter their vehicles that are listed or fit the decade or era chosen for that years run. They start the drive off at Adelaide's shores and work their way up through the Adelaide hills where the cars are then parked at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. This is a major event for the township of Birdwood and for the museum itself. The Bay To Birdwood Classic is a huge day for all the vehicle owners to get a chance at showing off their pride and passion for historic and distinct vehicles. The event day gives off the atmosphere of another lifestyle, with older generation music playing, hundreds of prehistoric vehicles parked on the lawns and the all round entertainment of the day.

Car Collection

The vehicles are all restored and kept in excellent condition and the museums exhibitions are well set out. There is a souvenir shop located close to the Holden pavilion, it boasts as a very successful shop with any perfect gift idea in store, a great place to visit if looking for a Father's Day present, Birthday or Christmas present. Most of the products represent the museums collections, so you can always take a piece of Australian motoring history home with you. If you are an avid Holden fan, make sure to check out the Holden Pavilion close to the shop, it is a large pavilion filled with collections of cars and motorcycles. The pavilions large size is created to fit larger vehicles on display such as fire engines, a road train and larger historic commercial vehicles.

Fire Truck

Larger vehicle

At the museum there are convenient disabled access ways and toilets, indoor barbecue areas, outdoor picnic areas, playground for children, car parking area close to the museum and they also hold other function areas and facilities if interested. The whole area of the museum is quite large set on eight hectares, so there is plenty of room for your group to move with grass lawns and beautiful park areas. With all the land and facilities close by, it could make for a nice venue or function. The museum is also conveniently located on the main street of town, therefore only a short walk to eateries such as cafes, bakeries or to a nice local pub meal.

If your taking a drive through the Adelaide Hills and especially if you're a motor enthusiast, I recommend that you check out the collections at the National Motor Museum. The collection comprises of four hundred motor vehicles, motorcyles and classic commercial vehicles. They range from vintage, classic and veteran vehicles, there is even a collection for the children to admire with a model display consisting of over one hundred and fifty small toy vehicles. Bring the family along or a group of friends to visit any day of the week (except Christmas day). If your lost amongst all the cars, there is also the option for a guided tour to help your knowledge along the day. At the National Motor Museum you can enjoy an affordable day out in historic car heaven.

Model Display
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Why? See and learn about Australia's vehicle timeline, past and future, at an affordable price
When: Open 10am - 5pm everyday. Excluding Christmas day
Where: Shannon Street, Birdwood, South Australia 5234
Cost: Admission: Adult: $12 , Concession: $10, Child: $5 (Children under 5 free) Family: $30 (2 Adults, up to 6 children) School groups: $3.50 per student, Groups of more than 20: $7 each per Adult $6.50 per concession, Bookings essential
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