Migration Museum
Migration Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Established in 1986 and built on the site of the former Adelaide Destitute Asylum, the Migration Museum was the first museum dedicated to the social history of migration in Australia. The Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities. Its nine galleries, which include permanent and changing displays, trace the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples in Australia prior to colonisation, the history and impact of immigration from the nineteenth century onward, as well as the history of the site. The Museum is just a short walk down Kintore Avenue from North Terrace and is easily accessible by public transport. All of the Museum's galleries have disabled access. Entry to the Museum is free, with an optional gold coin donation. Tour groups are welcome but must book in advance. Members of the public can book a guided tour of the Migration Museum with a minimum of ten people per booking and a cost of $10 per person, concession rate $5 per person.
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Migration Museum
    The Migration Museum is a social history museum and is one of the three museums operated by the History Trust of South Australia. It deals with the immigration and settlement history of South Australia. It opened on November 23, 1986.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 26, 2023
  • kansasrod
    1,606 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth an hour or more
    Exceeded our expectations because we weren’t sure what to expect. Close to a line of museums near the university so worth combining to make a day of it. Definitely makes you think. All of us are migrants at some point in our family tree.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Robert D
    4,185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    The Migration Museum consists of several buildings. There is a poignant sculpture titled "The Immigrants" in the museum courtyard. The museum has several interesting exhibits about the people who immigrated to South Australia. In the exhibit "Aussies!", they had banners representing various immigrant groups. You can easily spend an hour here.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Ron M
    Menasha, Wisconsin554 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small and Simple But Informative
    This is a relatively simple museum housed in some historic buildings. Entrance was free, the staff was informative and the facility was nice. They did a nice job presenting some examples of people who had migrated to Australia, their trials, tribulations, successes and contributions. All the displays were well presented, well-lit and I felt like we learned something from our visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
  • Global-Villagerr
    Denver, Colorado360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Summary of an Important Subject
    One of the best museums we’ve seen about the Australian migration. It seems each major city has one, but this was the most informative. Covering a wide swath of the Australian migration experience, including up to the current era, this museum gave us a real sense of the entire experience- good and bad.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 12, 2024
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Oldtable
Brisbane Region, Australia251 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020

I had been looking forward to visiting this museum, but was left rather disappointed.

Layout is not the best, we were about half way through when we found what I thought was part of the display frame turned out to be pull out screens. Four on each station, but only one could be opened at a time. If it had been busy would have been a nightmare, having to wait for the previous person to finish reading or the board being close the board part way through our own read. Fortunately it was almost deserted on our visit.
The “story“ boards lacked scope and depth in my opinion. I recall there is a great museum in Port Adelaide & I suppose I was hoping to see something similar.

This Museum was Free, we spent less than an hour there which is very unusual.
Glad the organisers tried though
Written January 18, 2020
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Thankyou OT for your visit and honest review. I hope you'll be pleased to hear we are redeveloping the gallery you mentioned, and replacing all the old interpretation. Watch this space for an exciting new look!
Written January 19, 2020
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Nigel T
Rossendale, UK706 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
An interesting place to learn about how South Australia has been populated from the early Indigenous people to the waves of migrants either displaced from their countries or encouraged to migrate from their countries to SA. Also highlights the attitudes of the country and how it has adapted over the years. The museum ‘static’ it could be a lot more engaging if more thought was put into interactive displays.
Written January 20, 2020
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Thankyou N for your visit and honest review. you'll be pleased to hear that we're redeveloping our main galleries later this year - keep your eye on our social media for more info :-)
Written January 27, 2020
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Karen T
Auckland Central, New Zealand31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Migration museum is free to enter. There are guided tours at 11 and 3 or you can download their tour app in various on free wifi when you arrive. The tour app is a great idea and gives some interesting information, although we struggled to know which exhibit it was referring to. The museum is a really interesting and honest overview of the history of migration to Australia over the years. Well worth spending a couple of hours here.
Written February 1, 2020
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Thankyou Karen for your visit and review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thankyou also for your comments on the app, we will work to correct this mapping issue :-)
Written February 5, 2020
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Kate_T_K4
Brisbane, Australia396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Very small museum just behind South Australian Museum and as stated by someone a good filler of a time. This museum presents art of diffrent cultures and contains only a small part of the exhibition around migrants history. The museum is free of charge but encourages $5 donation by tapping your card.
Written January 7, 2023
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steven_wilkinson
Bury St. Edmunds, UK581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As a migrant family we feel part of this place. I grew up in Adelaide and have great memories of my upbringing and past. Our family have invested in the bricks (a kind of mark of respect) which has given us an even greater sense of belonging here.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thankyou Steven for your contributions to the MM commmunity, we really appreciate it :-)
Written February 20, 2020
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Jayne D
Townsville, Australia247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Great part of Australian migration history to be seen at this museum. Lucky enough to watch lots of personal stories from British migrants telling their own stories and it wasn’t all rosy. Free entrance with the convenience of tap and donate available. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 20, 2020
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Nalini N
Greater Sydney, Australia678 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I was keen to visit the Migration Museum as have an interest in the topic. I was hoping to chat with staff on details but this did not happen.
The physical museum space if really good, looks like a lot of the exhibits were done some time ago. I enjoyed the content generally. I believe there is a virtual museum space too.
Written March 15, 2022
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seawife
Perth, Australia251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
As others have mentioned, this was a small museum, mostly dedicated to the experiences of those who emigrated within the last hundred years. We loved the room dedicated to Commedia del Arte, and also playing the game to see whether we'd survive early colonial settlement. I was the only one who lived a long life!
Written February 15, 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
The Migration Museum is a social history museum and is one of the three museums operated by the History Trust of South Australia. It deals with the immigration and settlement history of South Australia. It opened on November 23, 1986.

Written September 26, 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Migration Museum consists of several buildings. There is a poignant sculpture titled "The Immigrants" in the museum courtyard. The museum has several interesting exhibits about the people who immigrated to South Australia. In the exhibit "Aussies!", they had banners representing various immigrant groups. You can easily spend an hour here.
Written November 28, 2023
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