Adelaide Tourist Attractions I

South Australian Maritime Museum

Opening Times:

10AM -5PM Daily

Address:

126 Lipson Street

Port Adelaide

SA 5015

Phone:08 8207 6255

URL: http://www.history.sa.gov.au/maritime/maritime.htm

Type of Attraction: Museum

Exploring the South Australian Maritime Museum is like making a journey to history’s deep abyss. Stationed at the picturesque Port Adelaide, the museum intends to detail the indispensable connection that the continent of Australia has with the maritime environment.

The Museum, established in 1986 is generally acknowledged as one of the finest maritime museums in the world. The galleries are housed in Bond Stores. Interestingly, the Bond Stores were used a repository for goods and cargo during 1850’s.

In the galleries, you’ll find displayed a number of maritime artefacts, such as antique nautical instruments like compasses and sextants; Dainty ship models, some of them old and some relatively new, all showcased in a manner which is informative; Life-like ship figureheads depicting events of bygone days; A remarkable collection of photographs, images and artwork illustrating the adventures of past passengers and of course, the Naval archives, showcasing the accomplishments of the Australian Navy.

Besides, you can keep yourself engaged for hours exploring the museum’s Weman building or the Lighthouse. The elegant two-storey Weman Building is currently the administrative centre which used to be the house for making ship-sails and ship chandlers. The breathtaking Lighthouse, on the other hand, offers you panoramic views of the Mount Lofty Ranges, Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains. You can also book the museum’s sea-vessel cruises such as the Graveyard Cruise or Yelta Cruise, which promises to be stunning.

Art Gallery Of South Australia

Opening Times:

10AM -5PM Daily

Address:

North Terrace,

Adelaide 5000

Australia

Phone: 61 8 8207 7000

URL: http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/

Type of Attraction: Museum

One of the best places for appreciating the fine arts is the Art Gallery of South Australia. Located in North Terrace Street, Adelaide, the gallery displays a gamut of art and sculptures, from various countries and different genres. Of particular interest is the magnificent building, comprising of the Elder Wing, Melrose Wing and the West Wing.

Established in the year 1881, the Art Gallery Of South Australia has been a major destination for tourist from all around the world. The building, originally containing the Elder Wing, started adding sections with the passage of time. Currently, the new West Wing houses a contemporary exhibition hall, a display room, bookstores and a cafeteria.

The entire collection at Adelaide’s Art Gallery is can be broadly categorised into three sections: European, Asian and the Australian. Among the notable displays showcased, you’ll find awesome sculptures such as The M.J.M. Carter Collection by Rodin, 20th century British paintings, Asian arts like Chinese porcelain, Japanese prints and famous Persian ceramics. You‘ll also find the extremely rare Aboriginal Dot paintings. Among famous painters, you’ll see masterpieces by Charles Hall, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, and Nicholas Chevalier. Besides paintings and sculpture, you can have a look at the numerous silverware and antique furniture.

The Art Gallery also offers free guided tour. Make your visit more interesting by exploring The Art Gallery Bookshop, a specialist Art and Design Bookshop offering visitors memorabilia, cards and prints.

The South Australian Museum

Opening Times:

10AM -5PM, Daily

Address:

North Terrace

Adelaide, UT 5000

Australia

Phone:+61 8 8207 7420

URL: http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au

Type of Attraction: Museum

The South Australian Museum showcases some of Australia’s rarest artefacts within its vast premises covering six floors. Located in Adelaide’s bustling North Terrace, the museum transports you to a world of the past, fascinating you with world history’s past treasures.

The Museum was established in 1856 and includes a complex of buildings in Adelaide’s North Parklands You’ll find a fascinating array of diverse displays, such as the extensive Australian Aboriginal and Pacific gallery ,the popular Egyptian Room, the collection of stuffed native animals such as the extinct Tasmanian tiger, artefacts from Papua New Guinea and an amazing collection of preserved butterflies. You’ll also get to see ancient fossils, dating back millions of years, such as that of megafauna ,opalised fossils and Ediacaran fossils.

Other attractions in the South Australian Museum consist of a gallery devoted to the Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson and the space suits of Adelaide astronaut Andy Thomas. Young children are particularly startled by the life –sized animals in the World Mammals Exhibition. There is also a section in the Life in the Deep Biodiversity Gallery, which exhibits the life-cycle of a giant squid, which is a remarkable display.

The museum facilitates guided tours for groups. You can find refreshments in the museum’s café or the museum store. The Discovery Centre would even try answering any queries that visitors have, pertaining to archaeology or Australian history. A visit to South Australian Museum surely makes visitors more enlightened.

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Opening Times:

Mon - Fri: 10am to 5pm:

Sat: 10am to 5pm:

Sun: 10am to 5pm:

Address:

253 Grenfell St Adelaide,

Australia

Phone:61 8 8224 3200

URL: http://www.tandanya.com.au

Type of Attraction: Museum

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, or simply called the Tandanya, is a brilliant art museum dedicated to Australia’s aboriginal art and culture. This multi-award winning museum is located in Adelaide’s Grenfell Street. With a unique combination of performing and visual arts, music and storytelling, it surely leaves the visitor astonished.

The museum attempts to give an in-depth view of Aboriginal life from the standpoint of an aboriginal. Exhibits change on a regular basis, taking you through the cultural activities and lifestyles of the aboriginals. You’ll come to know interesting facts such as Adelaide being known as Kaurna, the place for the Aboriginal ceremony related to Red Kangaroo Dreaming.

Tandanya Institute also showcases some fine exhibits by emerging and established indigenous artists. You’ll be amazed by the captivating music of the Didgeridoo Players. The Didgeridoo, by the way is the world’s oldest musical instrument and the performances are usually staged during weekday afternoons. Besides this, other indigenous performers, especially the Torres Strait Islander Dancers could keep you entertained for hours with their aesthetically pleasing performances.

There is a café offering refreshments, as well as the delectable Bush Tucker Foods offering exotic dishes such as kebabs. You’ll have a multitude of authentic artefacts, art, and crafts to choose from in Tandanya's retail shop, making your visit more memorable.

Classic Jets Fighter Museum

Opening Times:

Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Address:

Hangar 52, Anderson Drive,

Adelaide 5106

Australia

Phone: +61 (0)8 8258 2277

URL: http://www.classicjets.com

Type of Attraction: Museum

The Classic Jets Fighter Museum is the place for anyone who admires aeroplanes. The grand display of fighter aircrafts flown by the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian can leave you awestruck.

The museum is located north of Adelaide, takes about a 20 minutes drive from the city. The collection of Jet Aircrafts flown between 1950 and 1980 are showcased here. For patriots and tourists alike, being able to stand close to these technological marvels is stirring. The museum lets you explore the fighter jets, allowing you to sit in the cockpit or view the restoration projects from close quarters.

Among the displays, you’ll find DH Sea Venom WZ-939, Australia’s last aircraft carrier, the well preserved Second World War aircraft CJFM P38 H Lockheed Lightning, the Avon Sabre A94-974 and the F8 Gloster Meteor A77-867. You’ll also see the restored Mirage III fighter jets and the completely restored Bloodhound Missile.

Remnants of Second World War aircrafts of Papua New Guinea are also on display. Apart from aircrafts, visitors can even view the engines, aviation artefacts, flight suits and historic photographs in one of the sections in the museum. Undoubtedly, the Classic Jets Fighter Museum offers you a comprehensive walkthrough of aircrafts used by the Australian armed forces. Group bookings for touring the museum are possible through prior appointment, as well.

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