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Migration Museum

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Address: 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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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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Too small to allow all immigrant origins to be represented

There are three parts to this museum. The first building used to house the asylum for people in the nineteenth century who were no longer able to care for themselves, the poverty... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are three parts to this museum. The first building used to house the asylum for people in the nineteenth century who were no longer able to care for themselves, the poverty stricken, orphans, and unwed mothers-to-be, and others with psychological problems, not immigrant families. At the entrance to the courtyard, however, there is a sculpture depicting a young immigrant... More 

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou Anna for your visit and thoughtful review. We're sorry you feel Germanic culture is under-represented in our galleries, and apologise that you weren't better assisted by our staff. Please be assured there are numerous German/Austrian items and references in our galleries, including a toy wagon, drinking steins and wedding apparel brought by early colonists, and in our 20th century... More 

Royston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small museum but it is free entry, this gives a fascinating insight into the history of migration into Australia over the recent centuries. If you visit on Sunday then there is a free guided tour at 1500 by a guide who is excellently passionate about the subject.

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou , Peter, for your visit, kind review, and recommendation of our Sunday 3pm tour :-) More 

Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really interesting and educational museum that covers the migration story for Australia from the beginning right up to now. Excellent presentation of artefacts and individual stories provide a vivid account of the lives of migrants from all over the world. It also covers the treatment of the Aboriginal peoples by the Europeans. A great 1-2 hours.

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou, Irg, for your visit and kind review, we're glad you enjoyed our historic site :-) More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the museum really interesting both telling the history of migration into Australia and also the case studies of the people trying to settle in Australia in the present day. Well worth a visit when in Adelaide

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou, JR, for your visit and kind review, we're glad you enjoyed our little museum :-) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caught the free tour at 3pm and then took another hour to browse the museum. Tour guide was very knowledgeable, used to working with school children and was very clear and animated in his delivery. Most interesting and really brought it to life with real examples. Felt we learnt a lot from the tour and then able to take our... More 

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou, June, for your visit and kind review, we're glad you enjoyed the museum. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou TB for your visit and thoughtful review. We are in the process of updating some of our galleries, so please do visit again :-) Best wishes More 

Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thanks Jeff for your visit and review. We are in the process of updating several of our galleries, so please do visit again - we also do free tours on Sundays at 3. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou, Ian, for your visit and kind review, we're glad you enjoyed the museum. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou, Craig, for your visit and kind review, and for bringing overseas guests with you :-) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

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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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou, Bobby, for visiting and reviewing. Best wishes More 

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