Migration Museum, Adelaide

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Learn about European immigration and settlement of South Australia at Migration Museum, a social history museum located in what was once the city’s destitute asylum. Between 1850 and 1918 the building housed deserted and destitute men, women, and children, but today maintains both permanent and rotating exhibitions. Featuring nine modern galleries, the museum showcases the history and culture of native peoples before European colonization, as well as the impact immigration had on the country starting with the 19th century. The oldest museum of its kind in Australia, this site aims to promote multiculturalism and tolerance through the preservation and understanding of South Australia’s diverse cultures. Our Adelaide online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Migration Museum and other Adelaide attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A surprisingly small space dedicated to a huge topic. Much of the display is text-based rather than artefact-based. I had expected there to be more emphasis on the scale of migration to the area... 
    A surprisingly small space dedicated to a huge topic. Much of the display is text-based rather than artefact-based. I had expected there to be more emphasis on the scale of migration to the area...  more »
  • This museum was ok but I didn't find it hugely captivating. The interactive displays are a bit annoying to use, especially the ones where you have to roll the wheel to read everything - I expect most....  more
    This museum was ok but I didn't find it hugely captivating. The interactive displays are a bit annoying to use, especially the ones where you have to roll the wheel to read everything - I expect most....  more »
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  • Visited the migration museum on 27 April 22. Love how the exhibit talks about the history of migration to Australia and to some extent Adelaide. My favorite bit was the recent coverage of migrants experiences from 2000s onwards and how they felt about certain events. Really authentic interviews on how migrants felt welcomed in Aussie. Remember to visit the visitor information for a map on how to navigate the area. Unfortunately, they were renovating some of the exhibits during my visit.
  • The Migration Museum is a great site to visit in Adelaide, being the only of its kind I’ve personally seen! Here you’ll see exhibitions of a variety of cases and histories about migration through Australia and South Australia. At the time of me visiting, this included two series of artworks telling stories of the Aboriginal people and the impact of European colonisation, some series of older maps of the world and such, then going into modern history such as the White Australia Policy, refugee crisis, etc. Overall a lovely place to visit to learn about some aspects of migration history here. I say “some” because while the museum does have a variety of cases of migration, most of it appears to focus onto the negative parts (White Australia Policy, refugees, colonisation, etc) which is good to know and learn, but it might be disappointing if you were expecting more of the positive parts.

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