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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

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Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on board a real tall ship in the 1800s. Discover a new world of maritime adventure through an interactive gallery, immersive theatre and special events.
Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9656 9804
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

The history of this ship is amazing. You can see how sailors and officers lived on the ship at the turn of the century. The activities for the children are well organised and gives them some insight on what was needed to sail on a...More

4  Thank Robbier221
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

A tad expensive and and the video is cheesy, but interesting to see the history and the admission goes to preserving the ship.

2  Thank marinhorserider
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All reviews national trust maritime history south wharf guided tour well worth the trip entry fee great history couple of hours lots of fun school holidays yarra river pirates sailors life skiing rigging sailed
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Polly Woodside rescued by the National Trust 50 years ago and has been undergoing an extensive restoration centre. A picturesque sight on South Wharf with adjacent interpretation centre. Well worth a visit if you have even an inkling of interest in history. Opens on...More

Thank Moonrock1962
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Polly Woodside is one of the few tall ships surviving in Australia. It's a great sight to see and all things considered, it's in tip-top shape. If you want to see the ship from outside, there is no need to pay. To take a...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 9 October 2018

If you're a budget tourist (like I did) feel free to utilize the Free Tram Zone at no cost and find the nearest Tram stop at the corner of Spencer St and Flinders St (Spencer St. stop) then walk cross the Batman Park to the...More

Thank Alief E
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We bought our grade 4 class here too experience first hand, life on a ship and they loved it. The staff here are so animated, knowledgeable, patient and able. It was such a great experience for both us the teachers and the students. Thank you...More

Thank bec b
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Something a bit different but located in the heart of the city, down on the Yarra River. How about a "trip" on a Tall Ship, The Polly Woodside, rich in the history of sailing ships, the life lived by the crew and the distances traveled...More

Thank Sylvia A
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Saw a deal on Groupon for this and thought we’d try it. It was great. Our kids loved the hands on aspects such as ringing the bell and scrubbing the decks. It was interesting looking at where they slept and how the ship was sailed....More

Thank bmam
Reviewed 9 April 2018

An old vessel in the heart of such modern surrounding, it’s a sight to behold. Docked on South Wharf is the Polly Woodside, a merchant vessel built in the 1885 and preserved here at the docks. It’s a museum now, showcasing Australia’s maritime heritage. I’m...More

1  Thank JuiTeoh
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Visited on Sunday 4th March. We went to have a look at this beautiful restored ship now land locked by all the low bridges built over the Yarra River. Thankfully Melbourne has this historic ship to share with it's many visitors like me.

2  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Our family of 6 visited 'Polly' in early December and were thrilled by the experience. We were able to browse through the 'museum' at our own pace which was interesting and interactive enough to keep both kids and parents interested. The 4 kids were then...More

Thank danielkayelene
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

The family fun day was a good opportunity to visit this iconic ship. The pirate theme definitely appealed to the children with many dressing up. Good activities planned throughout the day. It was quite well organized, The attraction is small and is something that one...More

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19 June 2018|
Response from Michael-4551 | Reviewed this property |
No - check their website for prices. Adults: $16, Concession: $13 Child (3-15years): $9.50 Family: $43 ( 2 Adults and 2 Children), Single Family: $30 (1 Adult and 2 Children) If you do not wish to pay to go in, you can... More
2 July 2017|
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Response from uteboy1972 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with what the other person has said about where you can park if you're driving or going by train. it's not far from southern cross station..but no matter how you choose to get there just make sure you allow plenty of... More
17 January 2016|
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Response from Karen Y | Reviewed this property |
Probably suited to slightly older kids. Dangerous spots for young toddlers. Activities also tailored to kids around school-aged,