The Maritime Museum building is home to a collection of artefacts and memorabilia.  The World War II Gallery documents the story of the four wartime corvettes built in Whyalla – HMAS Whyalla, HMAS Pirie, HMAS Kalgoorlie and HMAS Gawler.

The BHP Shipbuilding Gallery showcases Whyalla’s shipbuilding era. The shipyards were open from 1940-1978 and in that time sixty six vessels were built, including warships, carriers, tankers, ferries, container ships, barges and an oil rig.

The Natural History gallery features the Gulf’s diverse marine environment. Included is the 1814 edition of Matthew Flinders’ journals and charts which demonstrate the early maritime heritage of the first European exploration of the upper Spencer Gulf.

The Singing to the Sharks exhibition explains the story of the indigenous people of Whyalla and their unique rituals connected to the sea. 

The Museum is open daily: 10am-4pm, except Good Friday and Christmas Day

Enquiries: Whyalla Visitor Information Centre; Ph. +61 8 8645 7900 or toll free on 1800 088 589


226 Broadbent Terrace, Whyalla
Norrie SA 5608

08 8645 1535

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