What's On

There’s always something happening at the Migration Museum: exhibitions, education programs, talks, tours and more. Come in and see what’s on.

What's on

‘Wayward girls and uncontrollable boys’ - nineteenth century child welfare

Special event
Bookings are essential

Thursday 18 May, 9 - 10am and 4 - 5pm

‘Stole a watch - 10 years on the Hulk Fitzjames’. ‘Found wandering at night- 6 years at Magill Reformatory School’. 

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Overview: First Contacts

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 1, 2, 3 and 4

Beginning with the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, students explore the early movements of people, colonisation and exploration. Students explore the impact of systematic colonisation of South Australia on Aboriginal people. 

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Overview: Australia's colonization, migration and democracy in the 1800's

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 1, 2, 3 and 4

This Overview will explore colonial Australia in the 1800s and the social, economic, political and environmental causes and effects of Australia’s development and on the relationship between humans and their environment. South Australia’s plan of systematic colonisation, the system of  ‘Protection’ of Aboriginal people, waves of  migration and the development of democracy in the 1800s will be the focus. 

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A day in the life of a child in the 19th century

School education program
Bookings are essential

August 28- September 29

In this joint program between the Migration Museum and Ayers House, students will explore daily life for children in the 19th Century.

Migration Museum: explore school life, games, chores. 

Ayers House: home life comparing the life of a child of a servant or the child of person who owned the house.

 

Explore connections between the past and the presnt, failiy life, home life and memories. 

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Challenging Perspectives

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 2 and 3

In this learning program students are taken through the Migration Museum galleries separately by two different presenters and told the history of South Australia from two different perspectives- the Aboriginal perspective and the Colonisers perspectives using the same displays.

Students are challenged to think critically about their own perspectives and opinions, to question texts and sources, to identify bias and to discuss whose story is being told. 

Students finish the program identifying actions that they as individuals can take that will contribute to the reconciliation process. 

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Celebrations-What's the time Mr Wolf? It's holiday time!

School education program
Bookings are essential

Wednesday 25 October- Friday 8 December

Lets celebrate a time! What time? A time without a clock... When did Adelaide get its first clock? Where was it? Why did Adelaide want a big clock? How did it change life? Lets explore how time is measured between cultures and historical periods. 

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In this place: a history of the Migration Museum site

Permanent exhibition
Take a look at what happened on this site, between the late 1830s and the 1970s. Explore our interactives to discover what life was like for South Australia’s poor in the nineteenth century. View this event »

Impact

Permanent exhibition
A poignant depiction of South Australia’s history from an Aboriginal perspective, created by artist Darryl Pfitzner Milika in 2004. View this event »

Leaving Britain & Establishing South Australia

Permanent exhibition
Learn about the foundation of South Australia as a British colony, what it was like for the early settlers to leave home and what they brought with them.  View this event »

Immigration in the Twentieth Century

Permanent exhibition
Learn about the rapid changes in South Australia, and Australia, through the twentieth century when mass migration schemes made us the multicultural country we are today. View this event »