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Best Free Museums in Adelaide

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South Australian Museum

Offering numerous tours, including "behind the scenes" peaks of its highly-regarded natural history collections, the South Australian Museum is sure to delight and amaze. Serious students and wide-eyed novices alike will marvel at more than four million artifacts displayed in exhibits highlighting everything from Ancient Egyptian to Early Pacific cultures. Perhaps most impressive is the museum's collection of Aboriginal artifacts and archival material, the largest in the world. After learning about the rich histories and cultures that the museum chronicles, visitors can enjoy the on-site coffee shop and museum gift shop.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Art Gallery Of South Australia

Established in 1881, this historic and attractive Victorian building on leafy North Terrace holds one of the most extensive art collections in Australia. With an impressive collection of nearly 45,000 artworks, this revered art gallery is believed to comprise of the second-largest state art collection in the country. The museum's massive collection includes rare and valuable works that range from paintings and sculptures, to textiles and jewelry. While international artworks abound, the gallery is most well known for its notable Aboriginal art collections, the oldest of which date back to the 1800s. It also comprises of Australian artworks that revolve around pastoral themes, such as the kind manifested in Tom Robert's A break away!, or John Russell's A clearing in the forest. Both special and permanent exhibitions are held here.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Migration Museum

Adelaide's Migration Museum sits between the State Library of South Australia and the University of Adelaide in the attraction-packed city center. It aims to share South Australia's social history and promote multiculturalism through immigration and settlement exhibitions. Many of the museum's collections feature textiles and historical documents, while the site also offers artifacts like clothing, accessories, and miscellaneous relics. Stop by the Migration Museum to learn about the history and culture of the extraordinary communities that make up South Australia.

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The Bradman Collection Museum

The late Sir Donald Bradman remains the greatest batsman in the history of world cricket with a peerless test match batting average of 99.94. He scored 17 first class centuries and 37 double centuries. Affectionately known as The Don, Bradman sadly passed away in February 2001. He is the only Australian to have been knighted for his services to cricket. South Australia is fortunate to hold this collection of 1927-1977 memorabilia. View Bradman's collection of bats, balls and original cricket apparel, and the unique Royal Worcester vase he received in 1938 to commemorate scoring three consecutive double centuries.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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