Migration Museum
Migration Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Migration Museum
    The Migration Museum is a social history museum and is one of the three museums operated by the History Trust of South Australia. It deals with the immigration and settlement history of South Australia. It opened on November 23, 1986.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • kansasrod
    1,591 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth an hour or more
    Exceeded our expectations because we weren’t sure what to expect. Close to a line of museums near the university so worth combining to make a day of it. Definitely makes you think. All of us are migrants at some point in our family tree.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Robert D
    3,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    The Migration Museum consists of several buildings. There is a poignant sculpture titled "The Immigrants" in the museum courtyard. The museum has several interesting exhibits about the people who immigrated to South Australia. In the exhibit "Aussies!", they had banners representing various immigrant groups. You can easily spend an hour here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Ron M
    Menasha, Wisconsin542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small and Simple But Informative
    This is a relatively simple museum housed in some historic buildings. Entrance was free, the staff was informative and the facility was nice. They did a nice job presenting some examples of people who had migrated to Australia, their trials, tribulations, successes and contributions. All the displays were well presented, well-lit and I felt like we learned something from our visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Global-Villagerr
    Denver, Colorado361 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Summary of an Important Subject
    One of the best museums we’ve seen about the Australian migration. It seems each major city has one, but this was the most informative. Covering a wide swath of the Australian migration experience, including up to the current era, this museum gave us a real sense of the entire experience- good and bad.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 February 2024
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Juliet H
Reading, UK410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum provides information on the various ways in which people have migrated to Australia over the years. The information was well displayed and absorbing. Would definitely recommend.
Written 23 April 2024
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JanetSmith95
Nantwich, UK245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Interesting museum detailing the variety of immigrants into Australia. The stories behind the photos were fascinating.
Written 15 March 2024
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Global-Villagerr
Denver, CO361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
One of the best museums we’ve seen about the Australian migration. It seems each major city has one, but this was the most informative. Covering a wide swath of the Australian migration experience, including up to the current era, this museum gave us a real sense of the entire experience- good and bad.
Written 12 February 2024
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Ron M
Menasha, WI542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a relatively simple museum housed in some historic buildings. Entrance was free, the staff was informative and the facility was nice. They did a nice job presenting some examples of people who had migrated to Australia, their trials, tribulations, successes and contributions. All the displays were well presented, well-lit and I felt like we learned something from our visit.
Written 8 February 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Migration Museum consists of several buildings. There is a poignant sculpture titled "The Immigrants" in the museum courtyard. The museum has several interesting exhibits about the people who immigrated to South Australia. In the exhibit "Aussies!", they had banners representing various immigrant groups. You can easily spend an hour here.
Written 28 November 2023
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kansasrod
OSKALOOSA1,591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Exceeded our expectations because we weren’t sure what to expect. Close to a line of museums near the university so worth combining to make a day of it. Definitely makes you think. All of us are migrants at some point in our family tree.
Written 2 October 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The Migration Museum is a social history museum and is one of the three museums operated by the History Trust of South Australia. It deals with the immigration and settlement history of South Australia. It opened on November 23, 1986.

Written 26 September 2023
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Aberdeenyummymummy
Bunbury, Australia136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I know there was one exhibition that was closed, but I can't help feeling I missed something. There was the obligatory declaration that Australia had been invaded by migrants. I had a look at some banners and read some immigrations stories (fighting to concentrate because there was an interview playing in the background) and looked at a map and a few artifacts. It took 15 mins and I was the only visitor there. It could have been so much more.
Written 2 September 2023
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Lynne1944
Kashmir, India187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A wonderful underrated free site in this extremely interesting and varied enclave. Great historical account , personal stories and mementoes for the diaspora. Do not neglect adjacent building with history of responses to fallen women and the unlucky poor of early Adelaide.
Written 29 April 2023
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Carito
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Migration museum has a few great exhibits, we visited to escape the rain for a bit, and it was well worth our time.
Written 18 April 2023
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