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Migration Museum

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Address: 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 8 8207 7570
13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 17:00

Established in 1986 and built on the site of the former Adelaide Destitute...

Established in 1986 and built on the site of the former Adelaide Destitute Asylum, the Migration Museum was the first museum dedicated to the social history of migration in Australia. The Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities. Its nine galleries, which include permanent and changing displays, trace the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples in Australia prior to colonisation, the history and impact of immigration from the nineteenth century onward, as well as the history of the site. The Museum is just a short walk down Kintore Avenue from North Terrace and is easily accessible by public transport. All of the Museum's galleries have disabled access. Entry to the Museum is free, with an optional gold coin donation. Tour groups are welcome but must book in advance. Members of the public can book a guided tour of the Migration Museum with a minimum of ten people per booking and a cost of $10 per person, concession rate $5 per person.

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An interesting museum

I found this quite an interesting museum. Most of the exhibitions require a lot of reading and some are very dated and need some updating but nevertheless I learnt a lot.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I found this quite an interesting museum. Most of the exhibitions require a lot of reading and some are very dated and need some updating but nevertheless I learnt a lot.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Some very interesting stories, and some migrants did it hard and are hero's in their own right, the museum it self is a poor effort. If you don't take the time to read a few stories you will be out in 20 minutes! 2017 and that's it ! People love to visit and look and learn ! how nice it... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Migration Museum contains slices of history and amazing displays of early settlement through to almost current day activity with an emphasis on our migrant origins. This should interest anyone who has roots overseas and should also entertain those who are "true Aussies". In short., there is something for everyone and teh admission is very reasonable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having emigrated from the UK, we took some friends who were visiting from England to the Migration Museum. Wow, what an eye opener, there were some really interesting stories and some incredibly sad stories as well. Overall, a great place to visit and learn all about migration.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am an ex " Ten pound tourist" and arrived in Adelaide from England in 1956. Some of the exhibits brought back memories, especially the reconstructed Nissan huts that were our home for our first 2 years. A computer printout of family names that arrived as migrants is available too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was hoping to read a bit more about the general history of Australia, but there was not a lot of info on that. It was interesting but very small and not a lot of historic detail, more focused on people's stories.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a look, if you are interested in history. This museum doesn't only tell you about Australias museum but the whole worlds history and why so many people end up in Australia. Interesting but there is a LOT to read, it is not ment for children.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The migration musuem in Adelaide is situated in the city centre. I loved the museum's old buildings that used to be an asylum in days gone by. The museum gives a good overview on life in the early days and the migration of different people groups. With interactive displays and a school activity in one section of the building it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing time here. I normally don't rate these but I was so moved. Got to have dreams. Definitely worth a visit and take some time to read through it all.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I've been here a few times when I was younger and I didn't quite understand what was being displayed, but having since gone back in my late teens and early twenties, I found it a brilliant little hide away full of history. I would encourage anyway, local or otherwise to spend sometime in here and soak up the other side... More 

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