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

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 »

Unpacking Histories

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 1 and Term 4

Be ready to unpack a migrants or refugees suitcase...

How are social histories put together?  What stories can objects and documents tell?

An investigative multimedia assisted workshop that aims to show how the stories of individual lives fit into the local, national and global mosaic of history. Expose students to experience  working like historians and curators, putting on white-gloves students will unpack, investigate, research and record the lives of several South Australians and their immigration stories. A constructivist ‘hands-on’ approach to 20th and 21st history.

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Being a child in the 19th Century

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 1 and Term 4

This  90 program connects students personal worlds to the past and the present. Students dress up in 19th century school uniforms, take on a 19th century name and explore school and family life in the mid 1800's .

Using the galleries, this program takes students on an exploratory journey of life for children in 19th Century Colonial Australia. The program explores questions such as:

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • What was school life like in the mid 1800's?
  • How has technology affected daily life over time?
  • How is my world different from the past?
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Responding to Racism with ActNow Theatre

School education program
Bookings are essential

Wednesday July 5 10.30-12.30

Responding to Racism is an award winning interactive theatre performance presented by ActNow Theatre in partnership with Migration Museum to identify, respond to, and prevent racism. This performance will  be facilitated by junior secondary students from Kaurna Plains School and is supported by a NAIDOC Week grant. 

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Overview: Movement of Peoples 1750-1901

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 2 and Term 3

Using the galleries, Museum Officers will explore the hows and  why of people movement to Australia. Topics covered include:

  • The influence of the Industrial revolution on the movement of peoples throughout the world, including convict transportation
  • Experiences of convicts and free settlers upon their departure, their journey abroad, and their reactions on arrival
  • Changes in the way of life of people who moved to Australia and describing the impact of this group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
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Overview: Australia as a Nation

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

What were the changing features of the movements of people from 1750-1918?

This Australian Curriculum linked program will investigate the history of Australia with particular reference to the Making of  Nation- Australia 1750 - 1918.

  • What were the changing features of the movements of people from 1750-1918?
  • How did new ideas and technological developments contribute to change in this period?
  • What was the origin, development, significance and long-term impact of imperialism in this period?
  • What was the significance of World War 1?

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Immigration Overview (tailored)

School education program
Bookings are essential

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Explore the early immigration days....

This flexible Australian Curriculum informed program provides students with an overview of the immigration history of South Australia from 1836 to the present day. Teachers may negotiate to focus on a particular aspect of this history to link in with their learning program.

The program emphasises the concept of cause and effect. The cross curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures is incorporated.

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