MAD MAX. It is a passion – an obsession which has seen now local man, Adrian Bennett, pack up and move halfway around the world to live his dream of owning and operating a museum dedicated to Mad Max 2.
Adrian’s obsession with Mad Max began in his hometown of Bradford in Northern England in 1982, when he was dragged along to the cinema by mates to see a screening of Mad Max and Mad Max 2. He emerged from the cinema a different person totally blown away by what he had seen on the screen “life from then on changed completely for me” says Adrian.
His obsession quickly grew as Adrian found himself spending most of his time finding out as much as he could about the films, not an easy task given the time era and lack of internet.
Adrian’s passion led him to move to Australia in 2006 and then to Silverton in 2009, where the hard work then began to not only build but also to put together a museum dedicated to Mad Max 2. He says he didn’t really start collecting things for the museum until he moved to Australia, and being in the heart of the Mad Max country here he was able to meet people who were kind enough to donate items such as photographs from personal collections.
Adrian has collected many original action vehicles, props and relics by fossicking around the film locations himself.
The museum was opened in September 2010, Adrian is openly excited about getting people through the doors to share his passion and continues to grow the museum so that there is always something new to see.
When visiting the museum you will be able to see exactly what Mad Max 2 was all about- with the items displayed in such a way that it tells the story of the film. It is visually amazing and stimulating to see the museum as a final product- a result of a lot of hard work on Adrian’s and his family’s part.
Offering a large collection of photographs, life size characters in full costumes, original and replica vehicles including two Interceptor’s one of which was built by Adrian himself. The museum also exhibits memorabilia with souvenirs available for purchase.
The museum is not just a place for the hard core Mad Max fans but a place where tourists and locals alike can go and discover what an impact Mad Max 2 had on this region and on the Australian film scene.
Stop by to view the amazing collection at the museum, it is certainly well worth a look.
Open 7 Days 10am – 4pm (except Christmas Day) and unless otherwise stated. Admission fee.
If making a special visit to the Museum it may pay to contact us before setting off.