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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9656 9804
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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.
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Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9656 9804
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Jenni8774
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Polly Woodside was a tall sailing ship historically connecting Scotland with New Zealand and Australia. The display shows the tough life led by the sailors. The ship itself is being rebuilt. It is a great reminder of past years. It is owned by the Australian...More

Thank candlinglen
Reviewed 17 December 2017

its a boat nothing more nothing less. i guess if you like boats hen this is worth seing but it can be viewed from the outside at south bank

1  Thank Nadia M
Reviewed 17 November 2017

I only saw the ship from the outside, so I can't really comment attended at 11 on a Sunday, and the queue on a hot day was already waiting for an hour to go aboard. Surely the answer would be to increase opening hours during...More

Thank david B
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Great mini adventure for our kids aged between 3 and 11. Adults had a great time too watching the kids scrub the deck. The ship host was great and got into the spirit of being on the Polly Woodside. It’s great for kids to learn...More

Thank BellaBell6
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Last month our 6 year old had a pirate themed party on the Polly Woodside. All of the children were so excited as most had not been on the ship before. The 'pirate' who had them entertained had them enthralled - with his accent, stories...More

Thank Vic820
Reviewed 8 October 2017

The Polly Woodside was a great experience. We went on the school holidays so there was lots of activities for the kids to do. We also enjoyed wandering around the ship and enjoying what it had to offer.

Thank _izzy_tschannel
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Polly Woodside is an iron-hulled barque ("bark"), one of the few tall ships surviving from the Age of Sail. She's not a fancy ship, and never was. Polly Woodside was a workhorse, built in Belfast in 1885 She was rescued and restored to her former...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Did not realise it open on sat and sun I was so excited to visit this place in south wharf area upon reaching the entrance it show closed.Not able to enter however managed to took some pictures from outside.

Thank kokomitay
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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
18 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,