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“Australia was cheaper than Brighton” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Migration Museum

Migration Museum
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$23.28*
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Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour
Ranked #15 of 194 things to do in Adelaide
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Australia was cheaper than Brighton”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

The migration museum has a nice collection of Australian history and the experiences of the migrants themselves. It is all very professionally presented.

The review title comes from a cartoon there which makes the point that at 10 pounds sterling per adult and children free, it was cheaper for a Pom to migrate to Australia than holiday in Brighton.

There was a special exhibition on Stuart the explore which was also interesting.

Before leaving be sure to enter the small building near the entrance. The far end houses an exhibition of the Adelaide version of the British poor house. The menu for the children would not impressed most kids today.

Visited February 2013
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“History comes alive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

A great place to visit if you have ancestors who migrated to Australia or are looking for an hour or two to entertain the older children (7-12). Some interesting exhibits reveal less well known history of how women and children lived in the 1800s.

Visited July 2012
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Brisbane
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“Small exhibition but just enough not to be overwhelming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Great to read personal stories of various peoples migrations to the Lucky Country from the very first days of settlement to the present day.

Visited February 2013
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Western Australia
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“Interesting Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

We found this very interesting, but just too much reading to be done. Would have preferred a little more visual or interactive displays. However the Destitute Asylum section of the museum was extremely good.

Visited January 2013
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“Migration Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Throughly enjoyed my visit to this Museum. Located at the top of the CBD, it only asks for a 2 dollar donation to enter, but you see and learn so much while in there. Stories of John Stuart and his passage through the centre of the country, the stories of migrants colonising SA, the impact this movement had on the natives, and the ramifications of this immigration in modern society is truly inspiring.

Visited January 2013
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