"Then go to the Museum" Mannum Things to Do Tip by tiabunna

Mannum Things to Do: 11 reviews and 36 photos

  The old drydock
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  • The old drydock - Mannum
      The old drydock
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  • Beam engine used when the drydock was built - Mannum
      Beam engine used when the drydock was built
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  • Illustrations and photos in the Museum - Mannum
      Illustrations and photos in the Museum
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  • Charts of the Murray River - Mannum
      Charts of the Murray River
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You can’t help seeing the 1875 vintage wooden drydock (that redgum timber really lasts!) as you enter the Information Centre. It is the nucleus of the Museum, which extends through the adjacent buildings around and behind the Information Centre. The dry dock itself held the paddle steamer PS Marion from 1963 until her restoration in the late 1990s – there was a small display on board, but both the ship and the dock became increasingly derelict. What a marvellous transition there has been in recent years with the new museum!

Those who share my enjoyment in seeing things like a working steam powered beam engine, are sure to enjoy the tour around the outside exhibits. Indoors, the museum holds less substantial artifacts, photos, and other memorabilia of the riverboat days. I was particularly fascinated by the old river charts, kept on long rolls showing sections of the river and its seemingly endless convolutions. The old chart on the wall (photo 4) illustrates the point as it disappears into the distance.

This is a highly recommended visit and the entry price was relatively token – from memory about $5A each! That also entitles you to visit the PS Marion, now proudly tied to the wharf downstream a little at the Mary Ann Park (and to be subject of a later tip).

Address: 6 Randell Street, Mannum South Australia
Directions: Enter through the Information Centre

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 15, 2010
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