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Adelaide Museums and Art Galleries – Places to Visit

  • Heritage & Art

Art and heritage fans have an awesome #australianmustgo destination, North Terrace, Adelaide where the major galleries and museums are located. Facing the parklands and on the edge of Adelaide’s CBD the location is within walking distance of major hotels and attractions.

And if you are after an authentic Australian souvenir a museum shop is the place to go.


Adelaide Gaol is a great visitor attraction for families and holiday makers not keen on museum narrative.

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The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia @sofiteadelaide The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide @sofiteadelaide

Over 47,000 artworks ranging from indigenous art, major Australian artists and a selection of international art works. Definitely art buffs will relish a leisurely stroll through the galleries.

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An excellent gift shop with books, homewares and gifts inspired by the Gallery’s collection and current exhibitions.





South Australia Museum, Adelaide, collection South Australian Museum, famous for its collection of anthropological aboriginal pieces

A traditional 19th century exterior belies the contemporary feel of refreshed five floors of exhibition space. If you a museum junkie then the South Australian Museum is a #australiamustgo destination. There is something for everyone.

A gift shop reflecting the museum collections offers plenty of opportunities to find a present for yourself or that special someone.

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Adelaide Gaol, names of executed prisoners etched on the brick wall, South Australia Adelaide Gaol, names of executed prisoners etched on the brick wall

Travelling with kids then the Adelaide Gaol is a great museum for families to visit. Number one museum destination for visitors not that keen on heritage and cultural tours.

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State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia @visit_southaustralia State Library of South Australia, Adelaide @visit_southaustralia

Edgy challenging collections narrating the story of colonial frontiers, gardening, indigenous culture. The State Library of South Australia is an exciting glimpse into popular culture and reader’s thoughts.

An excellent gift shop of homeware, books, objects reflecting the library’s collection.

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The Migration Museum, Adelaide, South Australia @theydontstaydead The Migration Museum, Adelaide @theydontstaydead

Are you an Australian citizen or a recent immigrant to a new home? Immigration, migration and it’s your story or that of your relatives then the South Australian Migration Museum is a thought provoking visitor attraction. 

The buildings that now house the Migration Museum were once part of Adelaide’s Destitute Asylum. This site, which had been Kaurna land for millennia, was occupied by Europeans from the late 1830s. This exhibition tells the story of the site, from the early Native School Establishment, through the use as a Destitute Asylum, and later usage by the SA Government Department of Chemistry.

(source migration museum website)

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Museums and galleries are a repository for local information explaining the why and what of the place you are visiting. Curious about Adelaide and South Australia? Then the best place to hear stories of conflict, romance and intrigue make sure to stroll down North Terrace and check out what the locals say.



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