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Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.

253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
61882243200
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Ranked #60 of 75 Attractions in Adelaide
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place to explore and experience contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, through the performing and visual arts. Walk through art exhibitions or take a tour, watch a cultural presentation and performance (Tues-Sun at 12 noon), browse through our award winning shop or hire our amazing gallery spaces and theatre.

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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

It's much better at the South Australia Museum, which is also closer to other attractions, and has many more artefacts. Wasted journey to catch the midday instrument demonstration, conversation with the receptionist: "It doesn't happen any more, where did you get that from? I suppose it also tells you there are guided tours? There aren't? Go ask Auntie Steph. "... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Really enjoyed the art on display, lovely. I would have loved to see more. The gift shop had some beautiful pictures for sale, too.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

On this, our first holiday to Australia, we have been keen to visit establishments containing Aboriginal history and culture. Consequently, whilst visiting Adelaide we made a point of visiting Tandanya culture and arts centre. The venue is a large building, but it contained very few art exhibits, clustered in a portion of the ground floor. The art exhibited was enjoyable... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

One of my goals in visiting Australia was to gain a better understanding of Aboriginal people and culture. Our visit here provided a piece of that. This small museum was not as professional as the exhibit we saw at the Melbourne museum, but the experience gave us a window on a people in transition. The staff were helpful in sharing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

We went as we thought it would be interesting however we were greeted with a big warehouse type room with some art on the wall, much more like an art gallery than a museum. I don't know if we missed something but based on what I saw, I wouldn't bother going, there are plenty of better museums in Adelaide.

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Adelaide, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Went to find a digeridoo to give a relative who was visiting. This place had lots of different authentic goods but be prepared to pay. Everything is quite expensive. Worth looking at but you only need 10-15 min. Not sure where else you could get this sort of souvenir unless you want ones from souvenir shops made overseas.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We came to see what the place was all about - after reading the good and bad on tripadvisor. We missed the presentation (which sounds good) so only had a gallery to look around - which was modern style contemporary aboriginal art (look like there is only room for one exhibition). Walking around it all looked a bit odd (we... More

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ft. Lauderdale, FL
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I was very excited to go to the center initially. It was disappointing to have an almost rote presentation given. Yes, I wanted to hear the didgerodoo being played,but I also wanted to learn more about the culture. It was represented to be about a 45 minute presentation. It was only like a half hour. The man giving the presentation... More

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Adelaide
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I have been disappointed with the content of the Institute. I have seen performances there that were most interesting and entertaining, but if there is nothing "special" on offer, just to go in and look is a bit uninspiring except for the art on the walls.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We went to see the Aboriginal artwork, as my partner is interested in the lifestyle being told in art. When we went, we were told that the current exhibition is on and the tradtional artwork would not be available until after 26th January. We were then given a lecture on why the Aboriginal people do not celebrate Australia Day, the... More

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