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National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia

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An Adelaide Hills visitor experience

Gleam fascinating insights into the role of the car in Australia’s social history while visiting the National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia. Another great reason to visit the Adelaide Hills, a short one hour drive from Adelaide CBD.

Van-tastic tastic turn out by the Majestic Vanners, National Motor Museum, Birdwood, Adelaide, South Australia @nationalmotormuseumau
Van-tastic tastic turn out by the Majestic Vanners, National Motor Museum, Birdwood @nationalmotormuseumau

The National Motor Museum deftly narrates individual stories related to Australia’s relationship with vehicles and how remote communities are and were connected. Australia’s homegrown Holden has a dedicated permanent exhibition. Enjoy the thrill of racing, then the collection of Australia’s customised cars is the exhibit you don’t want to miss.

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While the museum is a mustdo for car enthusiasts it is a storyteller of the growth of modern Australia. There is an extensive garden associated with the buildings (former flour mill) creating a pleasant picnic spot

The National Motor Museum is the custodian of the George Brooks Library and Learning Centre.

 

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Former Flour Mill nearby National Motor Museum, Birdwood, Adelaide, South Australia @nationalmotormuseumau
Former Flour Mill nearby National Motor Museum, Birdwood, Adelaide, South Australia @nationalmotormuseumau
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Don’t miss sighting the faithful 1936 Leyland Badger that enabled the legendary South Australian Mailman of the Outback, Tom Kruse, to deliver mail to rural communities. Other vehicles and objects on display capture significant moments of Australian motoring history.

 

 

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The George Brooks Library and Learning Centre is one of the world’s most significant motoring libraries. The library holds approximately 11,000 books and 40,000 magazines on motoring. The books and manuals provide reference material for most makes of cars and include parts catalogues, repair guides, tool catalogues, sales brochures, motoring fiction, travelogues, historical reference books, owners manuals, instruction books, mechanical engineering books, restoration guides, automobile encyclopaedias and registration details. (source Birdwood Museum)

Andrew Lee Dyke's encyclopaedia of motoring information at the George Brooks Library and Learning Centre, National Motor Museum, Birdwood, Adelaide, South Australia @nationalmotormuseumau
Andrew Lee Dyke's encyclopaedia of motoring information at the George Brooks Library and Learning Centre @nationalmotormuseumau

In addition, there are large collections of periodicals ranging from weekly motoring and trade journals to popular monthly magazines. These cover an extensive range of topics from sales and marketing to technical and trade magazines. The magazines are predominantly Australian but there is also a collection of British and American periodicals. Many of the magazines are rare, some dating back over a century.

The Library also holds posters, sales brochures, VCRs, DVDs, 16 mm and 35 mm cine films and thousands of photographs and negatives.

The easiest way to get to National Motor Museum in Birdwood from Adelaide is private vehicle. This provides the opportunity to visit Hahndorf and local wineries.

How to get to National Motor Museum Birdwood

If you want to visit National Motor Museum Birdwood while in Adelaide by public transport check the bus routes.

 

Where is the National Motor Museum Birdwood located?

9 Shannon St, Birdwood SA 5234

 

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