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Adelaide Tramway Museum

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More than just a museum, the Adelaide Tramway Museum is a chance to ride historic trams from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Ballarat.

The Museum includes informative history of the Adelaide tramway system, an adventure playground and a walking trail. Jump on board for a historic tram ride on 2km of track that runs between the Museum and the St Kilda Adventure Playground. Facilities at the Museum

  • Toilets
  • Display gallery
  • Books, souvenirs, ice cream and cool drinks
  • Car parking and coach space
  • Wheelchair Ramps at each end of the tram line

The Museum started with just four trams in 1958 with a fifth arriving in 1959. The Museum has collected and restored a number of trams, not just from Adelaide but from several other Australian states to show the progression of tramcar development over the years. The Museum opened as a static display on 22 July 1967. In 1972 the Salisbury Council secured a grant under a then State Government Unemployment Relief Scheme and built the 2km line to St Kilda beach. The Museum tramway was formally opened by the then Minister for Lands, the Hon Frank Kneebone, assisted by the Mayor of Salisbury, Mr Harry Bowey, on March 23 1974. Today, the Museum has 26 trams, a horse box, five trolley buses, two horse trams and a diesel bus that followed the electric trams. Their collection is stored in five buildings. Of interest is the beautiful 'Green Goddess' Garford petrol trolley bus from 1932. Admission: $10 for Adults and $7.00 for Children / Concession for unlimited tram riding on the day.

Opening Hours

Open midday to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Wednesdays of the April, July, September/October and December/January school holidays (except in December before Christmas Day). Charter bookings for schools, social clubs and community groups can also be arranged on other days and times.

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