Go back in time at a delightful museum located off the well trodden track
216 Daws Rd, Daw Park
the vibe Nestled near the front entrance of Repatriation General Hospital in Daw Park is a little museum with bags of heart. Packed with heritage medical equipment and war memorabilia (think dentures made by Prisoners of War on the Burma Railway using aluminium from a shot down aircraft), it is a moving time capsule.
the crowd Visitors and staff take time out in the quiet surrounds.
the buzz The museum opened in 1992 but the hospital’s history goes way back. During World War II it was the Adelaide Military Hospital 105 and from 1947-1995 was under the control of the Repatriation Commission. Free (donations appreciated). Open Mon, Wed and Fri, noon-2pm.
ADELAIDE ARCADE MUSEUM
Rundle Mall, adelaidearcade.com.au
the vibe Take time out from your Rundle Mall shopping jaunt and step back in Adelaide Arcade time. Follow the steps from the top level balcony past display cabinets boasting artefacts, old dolls, yellowed newspaper clippings and faded photographs.
the crowd A mixed bag of fashion savvy spenders, vintage lovers (retro soda bar Two Bit Villains is located on the other side of the balcony) and lovers of relics from times gone by.
the buzz Keep your eye out for the accordion that plays the official Adelaide Arcade Polka. If you’re lucky you might even see the ghost who is said to haunt the historic hallways. Open Mon-Thu 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
82 Kintore Ave, migration.historysa.com.au
the vibe Located behind the well-trodden South Australian Museum and The Art Gallery of SA is an old building that whispers tales of our state’s multicultural history.
the crowd Researchers, city folk making the most of their lunch break and groups of schoolchildren dressed in old-style garb peruse remnants of history and tales from SA times gone by.
the buzz Permanent exhibitions such as artist Darryl Pfitzner Milika’s Impact (SA’s history from an Aboriginal perspective) and special events including Hostel Stories:
migrant lives fill the impressive space. Best of all, entry is free. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm.