On 3 May the Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum officially opened its new premises to the public. After many years of planning the museum has moved from cramped, cold accommodation at the town’s former council rooms, to a large, modern building, purpose built to house the library, the museum and a gallery space. The Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum has been talking with History SA about plans for the new museum for at least the last 7 or 8 years and so it’s wonderful to see the culmination of such a long-term project. You can see more images from the museum and opening here and take a guided audio tour here.
The new display area is four times as large as the former allowing everything to be spread out more and shown off to better effect. There is also a dedicated office/workroom which includes some small item storage space. Co-location with other services is a great bonus for the museum, which can now be open whenever the library is open without the need for volunteers to do ‘desk duty’.
At this stage the museum has largely transferred existing displays from one site to the other, but the potential for change is tremendous. Not many established local museums get the chance to work with a new space. Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum’s new premises provide an excellent slate for the museum to gradually present new and interesting displays about Port MacDonnell’s maritime history and to continue to develop and care for the collections. New display panels, further display themes, highlighting different objects, a renewed focus on collections management? - It will be exciting to see what projects the museum tackles next! Certainly updating the disaster preparedness plan for the new site has already made it onto the committee agenda!
Congratulations to everyone involved at Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum!