Originally established by motoring enthusiasts Jack Kaines and Len Vigar in the landmark Old Birdwood Mill, the museum was opened by then leader of the opposition and former long-serving premier, Sir Thomas Playford on 20 November 1965. Eventually it outgrew the old mill and in 1976 was acquired by the State Government to preserve the collection for the people of South Australia. It was renamed the National Motor Museum in 1984.
The attraction holds the largest collection of motor vehicles in Australia.
A visit to the National Motor Museum is on all motoring enthusiasts’ bucket list. The vehicles evoke memories for thousands of visitors each year and the stories they tell have immense appeal for families and tourists alike. The museum is also renowned for its major annual events which lovers of vintage motoring and fashion would not miss.
The Museum will stage another important event , a 50th Birthday Picnic at the mill , on Sunday 22 November to commemorate the official opening, celebrate historic motoring and thank the many motoring clubs that have supported the Museum over the years.
50th Birthday Picnic at the Mill, National Motor Museum, Birdwood. When Sunday 22 November Where National Motor Museum, Shannon St, Birdwood.