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Alice Springs: Araluen Cultural Precinct

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Address: 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8951 1122
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant...

The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences in Alice Springs and provides a unique visitor experience, encompassing Central Australia’s key cultural institutions and collections. In its four galleries and 500 seat theatre, the Araluen Arts Centre presents an annual program of exhibitions, theatre, and film.

The Araluen Galleries showcase the beginning and continuing development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of the Central and Western Desert. The Araluen Art Collection includes significant original watercolours by Albert Namatjira in his artistic response to the Central Australian landscape.

A “keeping place of stories”, the Araluen Cultural Precinct offers a rich experience set amongst important Arrernte sites significant to the local Arltyerre (Dreaming) including yaye (Big sister hill), yaye akweke (Little sister hill) and a sacred 300-year-old corkwood tree.

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We had a couple of hours to spend before leaving and we where recommended this place by the touristoffice. It was really worth a visit - there was an art exhibition, two museums... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Molndal, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a couple of hours to spend before leaving and we where recommended this place by the touristoffice. It was really worth a visit - there was an art exhibition, two museums, a cafe and more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are 5 weeks into a 3 month camper van trip around aus. Although we haven't done too many museums this was by far the best. The current displays in the galleries shows Aboriginal artiste's art at its best, and it's not all about dot paintings The museum below nicely encapsulates some key features about central aus in particular -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

One place that is a must to visit is The Araluen Cultural Precinct. Her you will find to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences to be found in Alice Springs. Within the Precinct there is to be found distinct areas that link the history Australia’s Red Centre. There is the Araluen Arts Centre, the Albert Namatjira... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

They definitely have the best coffee ! And the whole experience is definitely worthwhile. You will not be disappointed. It is a 'must see' whilst in Alice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Araluen Cultural Precinct has many faces - artists past and present find stimulation and satisfaction in the workshop atmosphere beside the gallery and auditorium complex, and always answer your craziest questions! The coffee and cafe food is top rate too!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We visited the Art Museum, including the Desert Mob exhibit, which was dazzling. I don't know how impressed my kids would have been with the art had that exhibit not been there. We also visited the Natural History Museum, which had a lot of information about meteorites that landed in NT. My husband liked the Aviation Museum the most. There's... More 

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Mount Isa, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I especially went to the see the Desert Mob exhibition and was not disappointed. The work on display was stunning. If you have the opportunity to see this then don't miss it. The staff at the gallery were also very helpful, providing information about the exhibition when you buy your ticket. One of the highlights of my visit to Alice... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We spent several hours at the museum and visited the art gallery, the cafe and the gardens as well. There is also a tremendous shop run by artists whose works and crafts are for sale. Very high quality work at really reasonable prices. Great gifts to take home.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Well Worth a visit and spend as much time as you want. Art Gallery very interesting and staff very helpful. Also Museum is very interesting. I enjoyed the 95 minute Croc show on screen.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Most of the precinct will leave you lost and wandering aimlessly. Without refreshments or prior warning to entrance costs. However, I found the Geological / Archaeological section of the Natural History museum worth it on its own, and the History of Hermansburg upstairs made this a half day adventure on its own. The arts sections did nothing for me unfortunately,... More 

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