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Top Museums to Visit with Kids in South Australia

Museums offer a world of wonder and discovery for kids. Many museums have interactive displays or exhibitions that allow kids to engage with history, science and culture in a fun and engaging way.

In Adelaide, you’ll find a great range of museums to suit all interests; uncover the secrets of prisoners in the eerie old Adelaide Gaol, marvel at the beauty of Carrick Hill and visit Old Tailem Town for an incredible insight into Australian pioneer living. Make sure you visit the South Australian Museum, filled with fascinating exhibits like the Egyptian Room, Douglas Mawson exhibit, gemstone exhibit, the taxidermy animals and the Giant Squid. 

Some of our other favourite museums include the National Railway Museum, National Motor Museum and the Migration Museum which have engaging and interactive displays.

See our list of the top museums to visit in Adelaide with kids below:

Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre | Fennescey House, 33 Wakefield Street, Adelaide (The museum will be closed for renovation from 12 April 2024 to mid-2025) | website

Adelaide Gaol  |  18 Gaol Road, Thebarton  |  website 

Australian Army Museum of South Australia  |  Keswick Barracks, 2 Anzac Highway, Keswick  |  website

Bay Discovery Centre and Holdfast Bay History Centre |  Jetty Road, Glenelg  |  website 

Carrick Hill  | 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield  |  website  |  Play & Go Review

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Migration Museum  |  82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide  |  website  

MOD. Museum | North Terrace, adjacent, Morphett St, Adelaide | website

Mount Gambier Aviation Museum | Opening soon in 2024 | website

National Motor Museum   |   Shannon Street, Birdwood  |  website

National Railway Museum  | 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide |  website 

Old Tailem Town | 8552 Princes Highway, Tailem Bend | website

Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum  |  5-7 Charles Street, Port MacDonnell  |  website

Sir Thomas Playford ETSA Museum | 31-33 Broughton Ave, Kurralta Park | website

South Australian Aviation Museum  | 16 Bedford Street, Port Adelaide |  website

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South Australian Maritime Museum  |  126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide  |  website

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South Australian Museum  |  North Terrace, Adelaide  |  website 

South Australian Whale Centre  |  2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor  |  website

Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum | 3 Perseverance Rd, Tea Tree Gully | website

The Loxton Historical Village | Allen Hosking Drive, Scenic Dr, Loxton | website

The Tramway Museum | St Kilda Rd, St Kilda | website

Unley Museum  |  80 Edmund Ave, Unley  |  website

Upcoming Museum Exhibitions

START at the Gallery | Art Gallery of SA | Dates for 2024

Free START Program for Children at the Art Gallery of South Australia An exciting introduction to art for children and ...

NEO | Free Events for Teens | Art Gallery of South Australia

Discover what's on for teens at AGSA in 2024! Held six times a year at the Art Gallery of South ...

Port River Cruise on Historic Vessel ‘Archie Badenoch’ | Maritime Museum

Port River Cruises on the Historic Vessel 'Archie Badenoch'. Take a cruise along the Port River on the South Australian ...

Top Museums to Visit in Adelaide with Kids | South Australia

Top Museums to Visit with Kids in South Australia Museums offer a world of wonder and discovery for kids. Many ...

The Crocodile Club | Free Early Learning Program at SA Museum

The South Australian Museum has partnered with Raising Literacy Australia and the Little Book Press to provide inspiring learning experiences ...

Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum | Open Days

Heritage on Sunday - Family Friendly Events at the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum. Managed and maintained by theTea Tree ...

Australian Toys 1880-1965: The Luke Jones Collection | Adelaide | 1 Jun – 24 Aug 2024

A treasure trove of toys will be on display for the young and the young at heart at The David ...


Read our Museum & Exhibition Reviews below:

The Art Gallery of South Australia | Adelaide | Review

Explore The Art Gallery of South Australia on North Terrace, Adelaide. There's plenty for kids to see and do at ...

Old Tailem Town | Tailem Bend | Review

Hidden behind the front gates just out of Tailem Bend is a surprisingly large pioneer village - Old Tailem Town, ...

GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition & Virtual Reality Experience | Review

GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition & Virtual Reality Experience Take a journey into the heart of the ancient Daintree Rainforest, one ...

Six Extinctions | SA Museum Dinosaur Exhibition | Review

Six Extinctions | SA Museum Dinosaur Exhibition | Review If you have a budding paleontologist in the family, or dinosaur-mad ...
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Explore the South Australian Museum | Review

South Australian Museum - Review by Sharon Harrington The South Australian Museum on North Terrace in the City is FREE ...

Australian Space Discovery Centre | Lot Fourteen | Adelaide

Australian Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen The Australian Space Discovery Centre (ASDC) located in Adelaide at Lot Fourteen is ...

National Railway Museum | Port Adelaide | Review

Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide. by Katrina Gogel Train enthusiasts big ...

Unley Museum | Review

Unley Museum's New Touchscreen & Fun Exhibitions Community museums are like ‘secret’ suburban gems. If you’ve got one nearby, it’s ...

Migration Museum | South Australia’s Colourful Cultural Heritage | Review

Tucked away behind the State Library on North Terrace you'll find the home of South Australia's Migration Museum. This history ...

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