Heritage, art and Culture
Charles Sturt Museum
The Grange was Captain Charles Sturt's residence in South Australia from 1840 to 1853. The building houses many of Sturt's original possessions and documents in a collection of national significance. The Gallery features the exhibition 'Dream and the Reality” - an Insight into Captain Charles Sturt.
Location: Jetty Street, Grange
Opening Times: 2pm to 5pm on the first and third Sundays of each month (except on Public Holidays). Mid week group tours by arrangement.
Cost: Adults: $5.00, Seniors/Children U12: $3.00
Fort Glanville is both a state and federal registered heritage site. Dating from 1880 it is the most complete and authentic colonial fort in Australia. It has all of its 19th century large cannon, three restored to their fire-able condition. A barracks, guardhouse, ammunitions store and other features ensure the fort was a self contained defensible site.
Fort Glanville Historical Association provides guided tours of the Fort and demonstrates what Fort life was like 120 years ago. Demonstrations include marching drills, parade ground exercises, and canon and carbine firing.
The modern visitor centre incorporates a souvenir shop and refreshment areas which are open to the public on fort open days or for group visits.
Location: 359 Military Road, Semaphore Park
Opening Times: The Fort is open to the public from 1pm to 4.30pm on the third Sunday of each month from September to May, and each Tuesday 10am to 2pm for tours only.
Cost: Adult $8.00, Child $5.00, Family $20.00.
Phone: 08 8264 4798
Hindmarsh Fire & Folk Museum
Housed in the former Fire Brigade building and Christian Chapel, the museum displays much of the historical equipment, clothing and vehicles from the 1880's onwards belonging to the now-disbanded Hindmarsh Fire Brigade. The museum also offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Hindmarsh area through an extensive display of objects, images and documents.
Both the Fire Station and the Chapel are listed on the State Heritage Register. A fully restored 1927 Chevrolet Fire Engine used by the Brigade is on display and used in historical parades from time to time, and is available for hire for special events and occasions. An original Wooden Hand Cart, circa 1890, used by the fire fighters is also displayed.
The Museum is owned and operated by the Hindmarsh Historical Society. The Society is a voluntary organisation that is committed to preserving memorabilia from the Hindmarsh area. New members are welcome. Donations are appreciated
Location: 2b Hindmarsh Place, Hindmarsh
Phone: 08 8296 1265
Opening Times: Wednesdays 9.00am to 12.00pm, and the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Bay Discovery Museum
The Bay Discovery Centre is a social history museum celebrating the cultural heritage of South Australia.
The Museum is a haven for history and art lovers and is housed in the iconic Town Hall in the heart of Glenelg. You’ll find a rich variety of visual arts and a captivating collection of interpretive displays that bring Holdfast Bay’s cultural heritage to life.
Displays include Colonel William Light, Proclamation, Voyage and Arrival Exhibition and a Place by the Sea. Don’t miss the authentic wooden Bathing Box for a taste of last century’s beach culture.
Location: 1 Moseley Square, Glenelg
Phone: 08 8179 9508
Opening Hours: 7 days a week except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Port Adelaide Museums:
Port Adelaide’s Maritime Museum, Railway Museum and Aviation Museum are all situated a short walk from each other on historic Lipson Street and are open daily. Guided tours around the Port are also available from the Visitor Information Centre based inside the old 1860s Police Station.
South Australian Maritime Museum
Located in the historic Port Adelaide precinct, the South Australian Maritime Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers.
Renowned for its innovative approach to maritime history and education, the Museum incorporates the historic Bond Store with three floors of exhibitions, the Port Adelaide Lighthouse from South Neptune Island, and the much-loved steam tug, Yelta.
Location: 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Phone: 08 8207 6255
Opening Times: Daily 10am — 5pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)
national railway museum
Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia's largest railway museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia.
Location: 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Phone: 08 8341 1690
Opening Times: Daily 10am - 4:30pm (Closed Christmas Day. Open from 12pm on ANZAC day.)
south australian aviation museum
The Museum is a thriving place for the aviation enthusiast and historian. Visitors have a great variety of aircraft, engines, propellers, historic displays and memorabilia to view. Museum members are available for guided tours or to answer questions.
Location: 66 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Phone: 08 8240 1230
Opening Times: Daily – 10.30am-4.30pm (Except Christmas Day)