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Daily 11am-3pm Extended hours during school holidays Groups by arrangement Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

National Trust Museum (Encounter Coast Discovery Centre)

Relive the whaling, shipping and railway days of early Victor Harbor. Visit the Victor Harbor branch of the National Trust SA's museum and see how the early settlers lived and how the visitors holidayed.

Located near the start of the causeway, the museum and gift shop is open 11 am to 3 pm Wednesday to Sundays. (Monday and Tuesdays opened on public and school holidays.) The premises are wheel chair accessible. The shop is available for browsing and gift purchases but the museum has a small entry fee. Tour groups are welcome. Guided tours available by appointment.

The museum contains displays about Aboriginal pre-European lifestyle; early exploration; whaling; European settlers; establishment as a major export port; river trade; and the coming of trains setting Victor Harbor up as a significant tourist destination.

The Customs House built in the 1860s has rooms set up with displays of early 1900s items. Visitors can enjoy the beautifully maintained gardens and even view Victor Harbor’s first public toilet from the mid 1800s.

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