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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'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 Many of the museum's collections feature textiles and historical documents, while the site also offers artifacts like clothing, accessories, and miscellaneous relics.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.
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.
The only Aboriginal multi-arts complex in Australia, Tandanya was established with the aim of encouraging understanding through the arts. A giant snake dot-painting adorns the footpath at the front of the building, which houses sculptures, murals, and both traditional and contemporary artworks. Arrive at noon and you will hear the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo performed by one of the resident artists. Traditional dance, storytelling, and didgeridoo performances can be arranged by appointment. Also on site, an arts and craft shop sells authentic Aboriginal works while the Tandanya cafe offers distinctive Australian "bush-tucker" food.
A grand colonial mansion named after its original owner and 19th-century State Premier, Sir Henry Ayers, Ayers House Museum illustrates Victorian life as lived “above & below stairs”. A property of the National Trust of South Australia, the house contains beautiful, decorative painted finishes on walls and ceilings throughout. Of particular note are the sumptuous State Dining Room and rare underground Summer Sitting Room. The house is furnished with a superb collection of period furniture and decorative arts. Located in the thriving area of Adelaide, Ayers House is a historic mansion not to be missed. Disabled access is to the the ground floor only.
Tucked at the base of the Adelaide Hills sits Carrick Hill, a heritage-listed estate featuring an imposing Elizabethan mansion and nearly 40 hectares (99 miles) of English gardens and native bush. Built between 1937 and 1939, Carrick Hill was originally home to local businessman Sir Edward Hayward. The estate's remarkable interior is marked by rich oak paneling, antique furniture, and priceless art. Carrick Hill is now treasured as one of the area's leading tourist attractions, and only 25 minutes from central Adelaide by bus, it's an easy day trip to plan. After a pleasant tour of the grounds and museum, visitors can enjoy snacks and refreshing drinks in the on-site cafe.
Explore the fascinating history of flight with this unique South Australian Aviation collection-featuring 10 aircraft, 20 engines, six rockets and 20 display cabinets of rare artifacts. Operated by volunteers, the museum displays precious memorabilia and traces the history of early South Australian aviators, along with the Australian Women's Pilots Association. Of particular interest are rockets fired from the Woomera rocket range from 1950-1980, and the regular engine runs, where a variety of stationery aircraft engines are fired up for the public to observe.
Historic Port Adelaide has a rich seafaring tradition. With a visit to the South Australian Maritime Museum, you are transported back in time to witness the "romance" of sea travel. The early settlers suffered difficult conditions on their voyage to Australia and this is their story. The museum is delightfully interactive, enabling you to smell and hear the experience of early sea travel. Board a full-scale copy of a sailing ketch, visit an 1869 lighthouse, or see an original steam tug, the "Yelta." An afternoon at the South Australian Maritime Museum makes for a day well spent in Adelaide.