List of museums in South Australia

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This list of museums in South Australia contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries.

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Name Location Region Type Summary
Adelaide Gaol Thebarton Adelaide suburbs Prison Preserved historic prison and function centre
Adelaide Lithuanian Museum Norwood Adelaide suburbs Ethnic website, Lithuanian life and culture
Adelaide Masonic Centre Museum Adelaide Adelaide Masonic website
Andamooka Dukes Bottlehouse Museum Andamooka Eyre Peninsula Mining information, opal mining, located in a building built from discarded beer bottles
Architecture Museum Adelaide Adelaide Architecture website, part of the University of South Australia, collection of documents related to the history and practice of architecture in South Australia[1]
Ardrossan Historical Museum Ardrossan Yorke Peninsula Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, located in the Clarence Herbert Smith Implement Factory where the stump-jump plough and other farm machinery were manufactured
Army Museum of South Australia Keswick Adelaide suburbs Military website, located in Keswick Barracks,
Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide Adelaide Visual arts Largest state art collection in Australia
Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga Port Noarlunga Adelaide suburbs Art website
Austbuilt Maritime Museum Peterhead Adelaide suburbs Maritime website, operated by the Port Adelaide Historical Society
Australian Museum of Childhood Port Adelaide Adelaide suburbs Toy information, Australian manufactured toys dating back to the 1890s
Axel Stenross Maritime Museum Port Lincoln Eyre Peninsula Maritime website, boats and boat building, area maritime heritage
Ayers House (Adelaide) Adelaide Adelaide Historic house Operated by the National Trust of Australia, 19th mansion with costumes, silverware, artworks and furniture
Balaklava Museum Balaklava Mid North Local history website
Barbed Wire Pub and Museum Spalding Mid North Commodity website, features over 500 examples of barbed wire
Barossa Museum Tanunda Barossa Valley Local history website, area German heritage
Barossa Regional Gallery Tanunda Barossa Valley Art website
Bay Discovery Centre Glenelg Adelaide suburbs Multiple website, cultural heritage of South Australia, history, art
Beachport Old Wool and Grain Store Museum Beachport Limestone Coast Local history website, information, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Bon Accord Mining Museum Burra Mid North Mining website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Booleroo Steam & Traction Society Museum Booleroo Centre Flinders Ranges Technology website, steam tractors and agriculture equipment
Bourne's Bird Museum Naracoorte Limestone Coast Natural history information, mounted birds, nests and mammals, bird's eggs
Brinkworth Historical Reserve Museum Brinkworth Mid North Local history information
Bublacowie Military Museum Yorketown Yorke Peninsula Military information
Burra Regional Art Gallery Burra Mid North Art website
Cape Jaffa Lighthouse Kingston SE Limestone Coast Maritime Operated by the National Trust of Australia, furnished lighthouse with tower to climb
Captain's Cottage Museum Murray Bridge Historic house information
Carrick Hill Springfield Adelaide suburbs Historic house Mid 20th century mansion with collection of drawings, sculptures, antiques and paintings
The Cedars (Australia) Hahndorf Adelaide Hills Historic house website, house and studio of landscape artist Hans Heysen
Ceduna School House Museum Ceduna Eyre Peninsula Education website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Charles Sturt Museum Grange Adelaide suburbs Historic house website, home of explorer Charles Sturt
Chas Roe Electronics Museum Wallaroo Yorke Peninsula Technology website, electrical appliances and devices including the telegraph, telephone, radio, television, sound and video recorders, home appliances, medical equipment, computers, TV games and more
Clare Police Station and Courthouse Jamestown Mid North Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Classic Jets Fighter Museum Parafield Adelaide suburbs Aerospace
Clayton Farm Heritage Museum Bordertown Limestone Coast Farm Late 19th century farmstead with historical thatched buildings and sheds, restored historical farm machinery and stationary engines
Cobdogla Irrigation Museum Cobdogla Riverland Technology website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, steam pump, locomotive, traction engine, tractors, machinery and irrigation equipment
Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Adelaide Adelaide Arts Contemporary art
Crystal Brook Heritage Centre Crystal Brook Mid North Local history information
Dingley Dell Port MacDonnell Limestone Coast Historic house website, home of poet Adam Lindsay Gordon
Edithburgh Museum Edithburgh Yorke Peninsula Local history information
Embroiderers' Guild of South Australia Museum Mile End Adelaide suburbs Textile website, embroidered, beaded, patchwork and lace pieces
Encounter Coast Discovery Centre Victor Harbor Fleurieu Peninsula Local history website, information, operated by the National Trust of Australia, located in a former Customs house and station master's residence
Enfield Heritage Museum Regency Park Adelaide suburbs Open air information, yown and country life in South Australia from the 1880s to more recent times
Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery Eudunda Local history website
Excell Blacksmith and Engineering Workshop Museum Tumby Bay Eyre Peninsula History information
Farm Shed Museum Kadina Yorke Peninsula Agriculture website, farm machinery, role of women on farms, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Fayes Underground Home Coober Pedy Far North Historic house information, furnished dugout home
Flinders University Art Museum Adelaide Adelaide Art website, part of Flinders University
Fort Glanville Conservation Park Semaphore South Adelaide suburbs Military 19th century fort
Fred Teague's Museum Hawker Flinders Ranges History website, information[permanent dead link], includes gemstones, minerals, fossils, photographs, antique bottles and memorabilia
Friedensberg Historic German School Museum Springton Barossa Valley Education information
Gamble Cottage Blackwood Adelaide suburbs Historic house website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Gawler Old Telegraph Station Museum Gawler Adelaide suburbs Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Glencoe Woolshed Glencoe Limestone Coast Farming website, 19th century blade shearing and wool handling shed, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Goolwa Motor Museum Goolwa Fleurieu Peninsula Automotive information
Goolwa Museum Goolwa Fleurieu Peninsula Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Greenock Aviation Museum Greenock Barossa Valley Aerospace information, preserved and replica aircraft, restoration projects, scale models and aviation memorabilia
Hahndorf Academy Hahndorf Adelaide Hills Multiple website, regional art gallery, local history, German migration, drawings of Hans Heysen
Hindmarsh Fire & Folk Museum Hindmarsh Adelaide suburbs Firefighting website, equipment, clothing and vehicles, operated by the Hindmarsh Historical Society
Holdfast Bay History Centre Brighton Adelaide suburbs Local history website
Hope Cottage Museum Kingscote Kangaroo Island Historic house website, website, mid 19th century period cottage with period rooms, local history displays, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Jamestown Railway Station and Goods Shed Museum Jamestown Mid North Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Jill and Vic Fauser’s Private Museum Port Neill Eyre Peninsula History information, includes stationary engines, a blacksmith shop, shells, rocks and bottles, historic household items
Kapunda Community Gallery Kapunda Mid North Art website
Kapunda Museum Kapunda Mid North Local history information
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery Adelaide Adelaide Art website, part of the University of South Australia
Kimba Historical Museum Kimba Eyre Peninsula Open air information
Kingston Historic House Kingston Park Adelaide suburbs Historic house website, mid 19th century home of George Strickland Kingston
Kingston National Trust Museum Kingston SE Limestone Coast Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Koppio Smithy Museum Koppio Eyre Peninsula Local history website, information, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Lobethal Archives and Historical Museum Lobethal Adelaide Hills Local history information, German and English pioneer heritage
Lochend Cambelltown Adelaide suburbs Historic house information, mid 19th century home of the town's founder
Louise Flierl Mission Museum Hahndorf Adelaide Hills Religious information, history of the Lutheran Church of Australia in Papua New Guinea and more recently in South East Asia since 1886
Loxton Historical Village Loxton Riverland Open air website, includes a baker, bank, blacksmith, garage, printer, farm complex, railway, institute, school, operational fruit block and more
Lucindale Agricultural and Folk Museum Lucindale Limestone Coast Local history information, operated by the Lucindale Historical Society
Mallala Museum Mallala Local history website
Malowen Lowarth Cottage Burra Mid North Historic house website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, mid 19th century period stone cottage
Mannum Dock Museum Of River History Mannum Local history information, includes a paddle steamer, dry dock, local history exhibits, fossils, Aboriginal people
Market Square Museum Burra Mid North History information, late 19th century period general store and shopkeeper's residence
Martindale Hall Mintaro Mid North Historic house Owned by the University of Adelaide, leased as heritage museum and boutique hotel
Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre Penola Limestone Coast Biographical Based on the life and achievements of Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods
Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre Melrose Flinders Ranges Local history website
Meningie Cheese Factory Museum Meningie Local history website,
Migration Museum, Adelaide Adelaide Adelaide Cultural Immigration and settlement history of South Australia
Mill Cottage Museum Port Lincoln Eyre Peninsula Historic house information
Millicent Living History Museum Millicent Limestone Coast Local history information
Millicent Museum Millicent Limestone Coast Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, features restored buggies, carriages and wagons, a machinery shed
Minlaton Museum Minlaton Yorke Peninsula Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Moonta Mining Museum Moonta Yorke Peninsula Mining website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, life of the copper miners
Moonta Wheal Hughes Copper Mine Moonta Yorke Peninsula Mining website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, tour of the former copper mine
Morgan Museum Morgan Riverland Local history website, located in 3 sites, includes farming, riverboat trade, pumping station for the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline, horse-drawn vehicles
Morphetts Enginehouse Museum Burra Mid North Technology information, restored mining engine house
Mount Dutton Bay Woolshed Wangary Eyre Peninsula Local history website, shearing, farming and fishing tools and artifacts
Mount Gambier Courthouse Museum Mount Gambier Limestone Coast Law enforcement website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Mount Laura Homestead Museum Whyalla Eyre Peninsula Multiple website, information, includes early 20th century homestead, workman's cottage, shed with stationary engines, telecommunications museum, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Murray Bridge Art website
Museum of Classical Archaeology, Adelaide Adelaide Adelaide Archaeology Archaeology of Etruria, ancient Greece and ancient Rome, part of the University of Adelaide
Nangwarry Forestry & Logging Museum Nangwarry Limestone Coast Forestry website
Naracoorte Art Gallery Naracoorte Limestone Coast Art website, traditional and contemporary visual arts including etchings by John C. Goodchild, aboriginal prints, paintings and ceramics, furniture and social history items
Naracoorte Caves National Park Naracoorte Limestone Coast Natural history Fossils found in the caves on display in the Wonambi Fossil Centre
National Military Vehicle Museum Salisbury Adelaide suburbs Military Trucks, tanks, uniforms, artillery
National Motor Museum, Birdwood Birdwood Adelaide Hills Transportation Automobiles, motorcycles, model cars
National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide Port Adelaide Adelaide suburbs Railway Locomotives, rolling stock, historic buildings and equipment
National Trust Agricultural and Folk Museum Cleve Eyre Peninsula Agriculture website, operated by the National Trust of Australia in the Cleve Old Council Chambers, open by appointment
Old Government House, South Australia Belair National Park Adelaide Hills Historic house Former summer residence of the Governors of South Australia
Old Highercombe Hotel Museum Tea Tree Gully Adelaide suburbs Local history website, operated by the National Trust of South Australia, a member of National Trust of Australia, lifestyles of residents in the Tea Tree Gully area from the 1850s to 1950s
Old Timers Mine and Museum Coober Pedy Far North Mining website, opal mining
Olivewood Renmark Riverland Historic house website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, 1880s period house with a working orangery and olive trees
Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum Lobethal Adelaide Hills Textile website
Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum Parndana Kangaroo Island Local history information, history of the soldier settlement scheme on the island after World War II
Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum Penneshaw Kangaroo Island Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Peterborough Motorcycle and Antique Museum Peterborough Mid North Transportation website, rare and interesting motorcycles and artefacts
Polish Hill River Church Museum Sevenhill Mid North Ethnic website, contribution of Polish migrants to the development of the State
Port Elliot National Trust Historic Railway and Seaport Centre Port Elliot Fleurieu Peninsula Railway website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Port Lincoln Railway Museum Port Lincoln Eyre Peninsula Railway website
Port MacDonnell and District Museum Port MacDonnell Limestone Coast Local history website
Port Milang Museum Milang Local history information
Port Pirie Historic and Folk Museum Port Pirie Mid North Mining website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery Port Pirie Mid North Art website
Port Pirie RSL & Military Museum Port Pirie Mid North Military website
Port Victoria Maritime Museum Minlaton Yorke Peninsula Maritime Sailing ships, sailing crews, shipwrecks
Prospect Hill Historical Museum Meadows Adelaide Hills Local history information
Radium Hill Museum Olary Local history information, history of Radium Hill uranium mine
Ray Robinson Memorial Military Museum Kadina Yorke Peninsula Military information
Redruth Gaol Burra Mid North Prison website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, mid 19th century prison
Riddoch Art Gallery Mount Gambier Limestone Coast Art website
River Dolls of Goolwa Goolwa Fleurieu Peninsula Toy website, dolls, bears and toys from 20th century
R.M. Williams Outback Heritage Museum Prospect Adelaide suburbs Biographical website, life of R. M. Williams and products of his company
Robe Customs House Robe Limestone Coast Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Roseworthy Agricultural Museum Roseworthy Adelaide suburbs Agriculture website, history and the development of agricultural machinery, much of which was invented in South Australia
Ruston's Classic Car Museum Renmark Riverland Automotive website, vintage and historic racing cars
Samstag Museum of Art Adelaide Adelaide Art Part of the University of South Australia, contemporary art
Sansouci Puppet Museum and Gallery Wilmington Flinders Ranges Puppetry information, puppets, marionettes and ventriloquist dolls
Santos Museum of Economic Botany Adelaide Adelaide Natural history website, part of Adelaide Botanic Garden, botanical specimens and art
Sheep's Back Museum Naracoorte Limestone Coast Farming website, sheep raising and the wool industry, operated by the National Trust of Australia
South Australian Aviation Museum Port Adelaide Adelaide suburbs Aerospace Displays aircraft and aircraft engines of relevance to South Australia
South Australian Maritime Museum Port Adelaide Adelaide suburbs Maritime Immigration to South Australia, maritime history, fleet of historic ships
South Australian Whale Centre Victor Harbor Fleurieu Peninsula Natural history website, whales and regional marine life
South Australian Museum Adelaide Adelaide Natural history Natural history museum and research institution
South Australian Police History Museum Thebarton Adelaide suburbs Law enforcement information
South Coast Regional Arts Centre Goolwa Fleurieu Peninsula Art website
Stangate House and Garden Aldgate Adelaide Hills Historic house Operated by the National Trust of Australia, 1940s house with camellia gardens
Stansbury Museum Stansbury Yorke Peninsula Local history website, 1910 period rooms, collections of clothing, gemstones, bottles, shells and dolls, farming, industry
SteamRanger Adelaide Hills Adelaide Hills Railway Heritage railway using broad gauge steam locomotives
Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre Peterborough Mid North Railway
Strathalbyn and District Heritage Centre Strathalbyn Fleurieu Peninsula Local history website, 19th century police station and courthouse with Victorian period rooms
Streaky Bay Museum Streaky Bay Eyre Peninsula Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
St John Ambulance Historical Society of South Australia Unley Adelaide suburbs Medical information
Swan Reach Museum Swan Reach Local history information
Tailem Rail Museum Tailem Bend Railway information
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Adelaide Adelaide Arts Specialises in Indigenous Australian art including visual art, music and storytelling
Terowie Pioneer Gallery and Museums Terowie Mid North Local history information[permanent dead link]
Tramway Museum, St Kilda St Kilda Adelaide suburbs Railway Large collection of trams, some of which are used to carry visitors to the St Kilda Adventure Playground.
Tumby Bay Branch Museum Tumby Bay Eyre Peninsula Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Ukrainian Museum (Australia) Hindmarsh Adelaide suburbs Ethnic information, Ukrainian history and artisan traditions
Uleybury School Museum One Tree Hill Adelaide suburbs Education information
Umoona Opan Mine and Museum Coober Pedy Far North Mining website, opal mining, fossils, aboriginal heritage, dugout homes
Unley Museum Unley Adelaide suburbs Local history website
Urlwin Park Agricultural Museum Balaklava Mid North Agriculture information, farm tractors, equipment, tools, vehicles, buildings
Urrbrae House Urrbrae Adelaide suburbs Historic house Operated by the University of Adelaide, late 19th century mansion
Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum Wallaroo Yorke Peninsula Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Willunga Courthouse Museum Willunga Adelaide suburbs Law enforcement website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, courthouse complex including cells, stable and police residence
Willunga Slate Museum Willunga Adelaide suburbs Mining website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, located in the Courthouse Museum stables, area slate mining
Winn's Bakehouse Coromandel Valley Adelaide suburbs Local history website, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Whyalla Maritime Museum Whyalla Eyre Peninsula Maritime website, includes the landlocked HMAS Whyalla (J153), a Bathurst class corvette museum ship
Yankalilla District Historical Museum Yankalilla Fleurieu Peninsula Local history information

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  1. ^ 'About the Architecture Museum,' http://w3.unisa.edu.au/artarchitecturedesign/architecturemuseum/about.asp, retrieved 30/07/2012.