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Ford Discovery Centre Closed!

August 2nd, 2012
Regreattably as announced the Centre closed on Sunday 29th July 2012.
In what was a surreal day Sunday as sadly we closed the doors. Thirteen great years has come to an end :(
Unreserved thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers, staff, donors and exhibitors that made the Ford Discovery Centre “more than a car museum”.
Thank you also to our supporters and customers who have expressed their gratitude and shared in our disappointment.
We are glad you took the opportunity to share some time with us and enjoyed the experience we provided.
We will stay in touch with Facebook and keep you posted on any activities.

Centre set to close

June 8th, 2012


The Directors of the Trust of the Ford Discovery Centre (FDC) regretfully advise that the FDC will officially close its doors to the public on Sunday July 29 2012.
For 13 years, the Centre has provided an outstanding education experience to more than 250,000 visitors, the Geelong community and those interested in automotive engineering and manufacturing. However a recent review, combined with ever-changing needs in the museum industry, has shown that the Centre cannot continue to evolve and expand in its current form.


Both partners in the Ford Discovery Heritage Trust (Ford Australia and Deakin University) will now look for alternative ways in which to continue highlighting our joint history of cutting-edge engineering, design and manufacturing.


The Directors thank the staff and volunteers of the Centre, who have been instrumental in its success to date, for their contribution. They also thank the many enthusiasts who have loaned their vehicles and other displays to the Centre since its inception. The Directors will now work closely with staff, volunteers and enthusiasts to manage a strategic and orderly wind-down
of operations and the return of loaned exhibits and vehicles.

Media contact:

Sinead Phipps Ford Australia 0412 254 388

Andrew Birks Deakin University 0400 669 164

Ford Discovery Centre

Mark Giles o3 5227 8702

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All Ford Day 2012

February 15th, 2012

Kiwanis All Ford Day is on Sunday February 19th 2012

New Interactive – Sectioned XY

February 14th, 2012

In 1971 at the Melbourne Motorshow Ford presented a sectioned XY V8 vehicle.

After the Motor Show it was donated to Victorian Police Training Centre and has been there since being used as an educational tool.

With thanks to the Victorian Police Training it was donated to the Ford Discovery Centre in December and is now on show for all to see.


Since then our team of dedicated volunteers has been detailing the vehicle and making the display interactive for our safe musuem experience.

We have placed it on show in our Decade display while we wait to permanantly move the exhibit upstairs.

You just do not get to see this sort of work anymore except for here.

Come in now and see this new interactive and much more!


Many thanks to all those involved, we are very proud of this new exhibit.


A short video will be uploaded to our new facebook page shortly.

Festive Season School Holidays

September 3rd, 2011

Festive season School holidays

You are invited to join the Ford Discovery Centre during the festive season

Enjoy the wide range of other activities in the Centre during School Holidays. under the guidance of parent, children can play and learn with a wide range of self guided activities.

We have competitions, interactive displays, and wooden billy car kits.

Build a car; using your imagination what design can you come up with? Build it out of recycled materials, become part of the museum and add your design to our community mural, or take it home. Enjoy our new activity and become a Ford Expert and take home your own certificate.

These activities and much more to see and explore.

Come along and join in the fun!


The Capris are here!

September 2nd, 2011

A new exhibit commenced the second week of September with a display of the Ford Capri.

Watch this space over coming week for more information though we would look forward to seeing you soon to experience the history of Ford.

Spend in store & Win a Ford Model Garage

August 1st, 2011





In Store Promotion August/September 2011





1. Promotion runs from 1st August 2011 to 30th September 2011.

2. One entry is received for every $50 spent in The Ford Discovery Gift Shop in one single transaction. Eg $50.00 = 1 entry, $200.00 = 4 entries.

3. Winner will be drawn on Monday 3rd October 2011 at The Ford Discovery Centre, 12 Gheringhap Street, Geelong.

4. Winner will be notified by email & phone.

5. The winners first initial, surname & state will be posted on our website on the 5th October.

6. Prize includes 1 x Scale Model Ford Garage, RRP $49.95 plus registered delivery within Australia.

7. We may use your details to contact you with information on further promotions & newsletters.

8. If you wish not to be contacted please tick the box on the entry form.

9. Not valid for on-line purchases.

10. Prize is not exchangeable for cash.


Anglia and Prefect Car Club Display

August 1st, 2011

On loan from Australian car club this exhibit highlight the character of the small English Ford and its impact into the Australian Landscape.


Wile the  small English Ford’s heading back the first weekend of September we thank the club for the display and look forward to future display opportunities.

New 1913 Model T Runabout on show now

June 18th, 2011

Come and and see the evolution of the automotive industry.

Open 6 days a week 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Monday