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The Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing.

It also charts Australia’s significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Through the colourful and exciting permanent displays of an extraordinary collection of surfcraft, important surfing artefacts and memorabilia, the museum commemorates Australia’s fantastic surfing heritage and rich beach culture.

An unforgettable experience, the Australian National Surfing Museum offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most popular pastimes. It’s a place where you can experience surfing’s sense of fun and marvel at the changes that have taken place over the years.

We look forward to welcoming you.


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Originally the brainchild of pioneering Torquay surfers Peter Troy, Vic Tantau and Alan Reid, the Australian National Surfing Museum sprang from their vision of a place where the act of wave-riding is celebrated and commemorated.

Ultimately the combination of Surfing Australia, the Torquay surf industry and the Geelong Regional Commission turned the idea into a reality. Opening in December 1993, the ANSM was quickly acknowledged by the International Surfing Association as one of the most significant centres of surfing heritage in the world.

As the home of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, the museum also honours the most significant Australians to have contributed to the growth of surfing from a pastime enjoyed by a very small number of people to a passion of hundreds of thousands in this country and millions around the globe.

The Australian National Surfing Museum is situated at 77 Beach Road, Torquay.
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Opening Hours
9am to 5pm, seven days a week, 364 days a year; only closed Christmas Day.

Admission Prices
Adult $12, Student/Pensioner Concession $8, Child (aged 16 and under) $8, Family $25.
PLEASE NOTE: General admission prices are for self-guided tours with no time limit.

Group Discounts
Please see Education / Group Tours’ for details.

Contact c/o:
Phone: 03 5261 4606


exhibitions Board Room

Board Room

Stroll the boardwalk to explore the evolution of surfboard designs and materials - from solid timber historic boards, through hollow plywood, balsa and fibreglass, to contemporary and futuristic composite construction craft.


exhibitions Theatre


In our theatre you can sit back and relax surrounded by historic surfboards while you check out one of our collection of classic surf movies on the big screen.


exhibitions Australian Surfing Hall of Fame


The Hall Of Fame sits at the heart of the museum, presenting the most significant figures and surfing heroes from Australia’s surfing past via a unique example of a board ridden by each of these outstanding surfers and a biography detailing highlights from their wave-riding lives.


exhibitions Live Surf Board Shaping

Shaping Bay

A unique feature of the museum is our working shaping bay, where you can watch international shaper Eiji Shiomoto shape boards from traditional malibus to high performance shortboards. If he’s not in action, you can still view Eiji’s latest projects, templates, equipment and tools of the trade.


exhibitions Surf Culture

Our Surf Culture displays include a diverse range of important artefacts, artworks, trophies, historic photos, books, clothing, wetsuits and other memorabilia that reflect different eras from the past 100 years.











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We offer a range of guided group tours from casual visits to focused presentations, all with the aim of educating and entertaining visitors wanting to learn more about surfing and beach culture.

ANSM Education Program
We cater for school students from Prep to Year 12 and can tailor guided Museum tours to specific course outlines (VELS) such as history, technology and environmental studies (Outdoor Education).

We have a range of educational material (worksheets) designed for different year levels. Please email any enquiries to
Guided Tours are $6.50 per student (teachers and support staff free)

Group Tours
We welcome Museum visits from community groups, tour groups, adult groups and groups with special needs.
Guided Tours are $6.50 per person (support staff free)

Bells Beach Tours

We also offer Bells Beach Tours, which can be either education-based (covering Outdoor Education/Humans and the Environment) or casual walk and talk about the history of Bells, its fantastic surf and the surrounding area.
Tours are $9 per person (teachers and support staff free)


Bookings are essential for all tours.

Please contact us by phone c/o 03 5261 4606 or email to make a group booking.


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Our Gift Shop features a range of surf and beach-themed merchandise, including t-shirts, caps, keyrings, stickers, posters, books, DVDs, postcards and other souvenir items.

gift shop merchandise

Please email: with any retail enquiries. We also offer over the phone purchasing and postage on retail items. Please call 03 5261 4606 for more details.


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