Migration Museum

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

The Migration Museum at 82 Kintore Avenue, is a fascinating place to visit to get a better picture of how Adelaide and South Australia came to be the place that they are today. There are many permanent exhibitions at the museum that highlight the various waves of immigration that have occurred in the past and there are often visiting exhibitions too. The site itself has an interesting history – originally it was a “native” school, which was where aboriginal children boarded and were educated by the South Australian government. From the 1850s until 1918, the building was used as the South Australian Destitute Asylum, where poor, widowed and unwed mothers could go and where the homeless and infirm could go. There is an intriguing exhibition that provides insight into how the building operated in this capacity. Other permanent exhibitions include displays about the local indigenous people of Adelaide as well as immigration displays that look at why people immigrated to Adelaide and South Australia, how they got here and how they assimilated and coped when they arrived. This is a highly educational and interesting place to visit – whether you are travelling alone or with children.

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