Go back in time at a de­light­ful mu­seum lo­cated off the well trod­den track

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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.


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.

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