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Set in the stunning Glenelg Town Hall, the Discovery Centre is the perfect place to catch up on some local history as well as get a taste for how the bay looked from the first settlement in 1836 to the many seaside amusements that have captured the hearts of many throughout history.

With the front of house run completely by volunteers, this community treasure is a quiet place to take the kids and chat with locals about the fascinating historical pictures and artifacts that adorn the walls.

staircase at the bay discovery centre

STAIRCASE LOVE // The beautiful wide stairway, porthole window and stunning historical image of Glenelg Jetty take you back to a simpler time.

MONKEY BUSINESS // George is a favourite sideshow amusement.

FUN & GAMES // See the old sideshow amusements, posters, and relics from Magic Mountain.

MIRROR MIRROR // The kids will love a look in the old fun house mirror.

EXHIBITION // The space has interactive displays, videos and historical artifacts.

printed articles in museum

Did you know? In the early days swimmers would bathe naked at Glenelg beach. Later strict rules were imposed which prevented men from swimming topless!

Want to find out more?

Admission Entry is by gold coin donation.

Bay Discovery Centre Glenelg Town Hall, Moseley Square
Groups welcome, bookings essential Call (08) 8179 9508