The Australian National surfing Museum opened its doors in December 1993. Australia’s first dedicated surfing history museum was soon recognized by the International Surfing Association as “A place of surfing significance”. The ANSM is the largest museum of its kind anywhere in the world and is the only accredited surfing museum. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of Australian surfing through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions and is also the home of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame which recognizes significant Australian surfers and the contributions they have made to industry, sport and culture. The museum is run under the auspices of the Surf Coast Shire Council and managed by a team that combines full time paid staff and enthusiastic volunteers. Situated in the heart of Torquay’s Surf City precinct the museum is open 9-5, 364 days and welcomes locals, visitors and international travelers keen to explore Australia’s rich surfing heritage.

Vision

To be the centre of Australian surfing heritage.

Purpose

To collect, preserve, document and share nationally and internationally significant items and stories of Australia’s surfing history and culture.

Values

Authenticity in the stories and information we share.
Inclusivity by representing the diversity of the Australian surfing community.
Sustainability – environmentally and economically.

STAFF

Kim Biggs

Coordinator – Australian National Surfing Museum and Visitor Information

Born and bred in Melbourne, Kim has a long association with the Surf Coast region and many fond memories of summers spent in Anglesea as a child.

Kim is a museum professional with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) and Post Graduate qualifications in Museum Studies supported by many years of professional experience in the museums, tourism and arts development industries.  This includes five years as Museum Director of Shear Outback: The Australian Shearers Hall of Fame in the Riverina Region of NSW, and an ongoing affiliation with the NSW Regional Arts Development Network and over ten years as part of the NSW Regional Museum Advisors Network.

Kim joined the team in July 2021. 

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Craig Baird

Curator

Craig Baird started his involvement with the surfing industry the day he left school, first managing the Piping Hot surf shop, then a twenty six year career painting surfboards for Rip Curl, Watercooled and other
prominent Victorian surfboard labels. He has worked alongside many of the world’s most celebrated surfboard shapers and had his work has appeared under the feet of some of the world’s best surfers. Craig started work at the museum in 1994 as a content specialist but also puts his event management, museums training and creative talents to great use to help share the story of Australian surfing.
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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

  • Stopped in on a weekend away. I was really impressed with the items in the collection and didn't realise surfing was such an old craft. I learned a lot about the history of surfing, the evolution of the boards and the technology that goes into making a great board. We spent about 1.5 hours in the museum but there us a 90 minute feature film that shows in the theatre, so allow more time if you want to watch the whole thing.

    thumb Annie Lamb
    26/03/2023

    Wenn Surfing interessiert, dann ist dieses Museum ein Must, das Thema wird spannend präsentiert und mit Viedos untermalt

    thumb Ruedi Vogt
    20/03/2023

    Well worth the few bucks to head in and see, fantastic service at the counter on the way in which sets the mood for the whole experience

    thumb Robert Bridge
    20/03/2023
  • Great place to go.

    thumb Janet Williams
    27/02/2023

    A must see in Torquay

    thumb murat oldaç
    27/02/2023

    Really well done, although the entry fee of ~$12.50 was a little steep I thought. If they don't have government funding they definitely deserve it

    thumb Asher Middleton
    27/01/2023
  • Great History of Surfing

    thumb Michael Lappen
    27/01/2023

    Très bien mais je pense qu'il faut être fan de surf pour l'apprécier d'autant plus car il y a beaucoup de chose à lire et de références.

    thumb Hugo Llorens
    27/12/2022

    Absolutely awesome history on Australian surfing. Highly recommended!

    thumb Alex Wadsworth
    27/08/2022

Australian National Surfing Museum

77 Beach Rd
Torquay VIC 3228
Australia

OPENING HOURS

9am – 5pm
7 days a week
364 days a year
(Closed Christmas Day)

ADMISSION

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 DETAILS

03 5261 4606
ansm@surfcoast.vic.gov.au
77 Beach Road
Torquay Victoria 3228