Adelaide City Galleries and Museums
Home to museums and extensive art collections
Just wait until you see some of our galleries and museums. Stroll along tree-lined North Terrace and you’ll see what we mean.
Make the South Australian Art Gallery your first stop. There are thousands of pieces here, including a vast collection of work from South-East Asia, an Islamic gallery space and Australian Aboriginal art.
Among the rare fossils at the South Australian Museum is a four-storey giant squid. You won’t believe it until you see it. The world’s biggest display of Australian Aboriginal artefacts sits in the museum’s Aboriginal culture gallery. Celebrate diverse culture at the Migration Museum. It tells stories about the people and communities that shaped South Australia.
Arts and crafts
In the city’s “West End”, the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design studio is a real centre of excellence for the arts. Those lucky enough to work in the purpose-built studios have four fabulous exhibition spaces and a retail gallery to display their unique work. You can watch them while they work or take a tour to learn more about the gallery.
Around the city, you’ll find a number of top local galleries including Greenaway Art Gallery, Hill Smith Gallery, Art Images Gallery and the David Sumner Gallery.
Historic Port Adelaide
The Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide has Australia’s oldest collection of nautical treasure. Some of it dates back to the 1870s.
It’s “all aboard” at the National Railway Museum. There are giant steam engines to climb on and an old steam train to ride. This is Australia’s best railway museum.
See an historic World War Two Spitfire plane and other restored aircraft at the South Australian Aviation Museum.
The child in all of us will love the Australian Museum of Childhood. This huge collection of toys dates back to the 1890s.
Living indigenous culture
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is a brilliant Aboriginal art space. It’s dedicated to visual and performing arts and features dance, theatre, tours and exhibitions.
We also have galleries on Kangaroo Island, in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Murray River and Flinders Ranges. Visit the South Australian Country Arts Trust website for more details.
Art and culture - it’s a South Australian way of life.
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