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Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.

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Address: 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 8 8224 3200
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09:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Tue 09:00 - 16:30
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Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place to explore and experience...

Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place to explore and experience contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, through visual art and performings. Walk through art exhibitions or take a tour, watch a cultural presentation and performance (by appointment), browse through our Gallery Shop or hire one of many spaces in our amazing building.

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Peaceful space for quiet reflection.

We visited when the exhibition regarding the Nuclear Testing in Australia was presented...very moving, appalling, incredulous and heroic...a necessary story to be told. The art... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are lots of people who would like to learn about aboriginal culture. I had high hopes that Tandanya would help me to learn and discover more, unfortunately this did not happen and I feel that the institute have missed a trick by under using the available space to inform and educate. Although there appears that events are held at... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Loved the exhibits on display. There was a documentary about the nuclear tests that took place on aboriginal lands in the mid 1950s-mid 1960s and the Tree of Life: Gift of Peace. Also enjoyed the gift shop.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We visited when the exhibition regarding the Nuclear Testing in Australia was presented...very moving, appalling, incredulous and heroic...a necessary story to be told. The art work was interesting and informative. As with every gallery, etc. the shop serves a purpose and is a means to an end...as bright and pricey as most others; but a good variety of related items...the... More 

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Serignan Plage
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We went with high hopes of getting an insight of the life of the indigenous people from Australia.. What we got was an overpriced gift shop and a few paintings... to say this was a poor show was an understatement. Go if you have a free 15 mins, don't bother if you are pushed for time

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Interesting place worth visiting. On our last visit, we were invited to participate in a workshop drawing aboriginal paintings. For our overseas visitors, this was an unforgettable experience.

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Saran, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you visit Adelaïde, i'm sure that you go to Kangaroo Island, isnt'it? But don't forget to visit the Botanic Garden not fare to the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. And then you discover the reality about the History of the Pacific peepole. You can also see aboriginal danses different of these of ALICE SPRINGS. There are many many informations... More 

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Thank JP C
Cockatoo Valley
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

If you have something better to do - do it. Not much to see here. interesting display-but if you are interested in Aboriginal Culture etc you would get more info from Wikipedia. You could quite happily give this place a miss. We had spare time, so called in for a visit, but I wouldn't make a point of coming here.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Important destination on our itinerary however we were disappointed with the actual displays and this really appears to be a vehicle for a shop selling average, over priced tourist gift-type merchandise. We did not feel that we learned more about the aboriginal culture from anything we saw there; perhaps we misunderstood what was going to be there.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Saw the Seven Sister's Story - was soo well done, there were some art works on the walls & on a DVD loop was a great story - combining real aboriginal elders & performers & with the retelling of the story in the native language & english, Thanks & trust they will go well. Very nice & friendly staff .

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Thank Cate P
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Really disappointed. It was on a must do list in Adelaide & it was a waste of time. It's just a shop really & not a very good one. I wasted 60 minutes............ walking to it, walking around it, (10 mins), & walking back to CBD. I hoped for more!!!

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