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Migration Museum

82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
+61 8 8207 7570
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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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82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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"south australia"
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"destitute asylum"
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"individual stories"
in 5 reviews
"interactive displays"
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"early immigrants"
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"early days"
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"australian history"
in 12 reviews
"school excursion"
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"european settlement"
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"an eye opener"
in 5 reviews
"free entry"
in 14 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"step back in time"
in 4 reviews
"couple of hours"
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"state library"
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"great place to visit"
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"north terrace"
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

This is an excellent museum presenting in an informative and sensitive way the history of migration to Australia & to South Australia. Loads of information including interactive displays.

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thankyou Robert for your visit and very kind review, we're glad you enjoyed your time with us :-)

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

We visited this today while on holiday from the UK. It was of particular interest as my birth mother was a £10 Pom. We were greeted by a lovely receptionist who offered us a glass of water as we were feeling the 35 degree heat...More

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thankyou Sylvia for your visit and generous review - we're glad you enjoyed your tour with us, and the Adelaide heat :-)

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Great museum not as well known as the others. Has an excellent history of settlement in SA you can check your passage to Adelaide by ship , histories of cultures and nationalities. Wonderful rotating smaller exhibitions on anything from settlers foodstuffs, to photography exhibitions, to...More

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thankyou Maurissa for your visit and very generous review :-)

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

A really interesting museum but I thought that bearing in mind most white australians had at some time come from somewhere else (ancestors) I thought it could have been more extensive. surely there has been extensive research into the background of those people who have...More

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thankyou PM for your visit and thoughtful review. We too would love our museum to be bigger, but we are constrained by our historic Destitute Asylum site. We're redeveloping our 19th century gallery later this year, so do visit again to see new content based...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Very interesting museum depicting the history of immigration into South Australia. Well laid out exhibits add to the enjoyment of your visit

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thankyou Bryan for your visit and review :-)

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Australia has such an interesting immigration history. Each city has a unique story worthy of your interest. All of the migration museums we have visited in Australia were well presented and informative. We particularly enjoyed the migration museum in Adelaide.

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thankyou Connie, for your visit and generous review :-)

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

The building itself is historic and interesting. The museum gives an insight, with treasured heirlooms and official papers, into immigration to Australia through the decades. The exhibits extend from the early 1800's to recent years. A separate building has information of the orphaned children cared...More

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Thankyou, Sundancer, for your visit and kind review. We're delighted you particularly enjoyed our memorial to the 1678 babies born at the Lying -in Home between 1880-1909. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Absolutely worth visiting this museum to understand the history of migration to SA, and the history of settlement in Australia. I'd love to see a migration museum in every state. It takes about an hour and is situated around the corner (about 75 metres down...More

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Thankyou very much Karen for your visit and generous review :-)

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Enthusiastic helpful staff, who were keen for visitors to ensure visitors experienced all the museum has to offer. The Destitute Asylum moved me to tears. It was fascinating listening to schoolchildren, who were visiting, discussing the cruelty that inmates had endured. I would have liked...More

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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Thankyou Uno for your visit and generous review. We really wanted our Destitute Asylum gallery to engage visitors with the experiences of South Australia's poor and destitute - we're glad you found it to be a moving experience. All the best :-)

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Until you see all the displays in this museum, it's not very obvious how many nationalities have settled successfully in South Australia. It's a real eye opener.

Thank Cherie H
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Migration M, Manager at Migration Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2017

Thankyou, Cherie, for your visit and kind review :-)

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