A new gallery with six exhibition zones is the latest on-shore adjunct to the historic tall ship Polly Woodside. Set in the original Dockside sheds, the exhibit includes interactive displays about life at sea, the crew, navigation, maritime language, and Melbourne’s docks (you can even try your hand at loading coal onto a robot ship!). Beloved by generations of Melbournians, Polly Woodside has lots of fun activities and hands-on stuff for children. Launched in 1885 in Ireland, the ship sailed to all corners of the globe between 1885 and 1904, rounding the infamous Cape Horn 16 times. After World War II, the ship was towed back to Melbourne and worked as a coal supply ship for the next 20 years. Tours by a “first mate” are run throughout the day, and every first Sunday of the month is “Pirate Day” for kids.
- Frommer's Staff