10 things to do on your last 10 days of summer holidays!

1.Play catch up with our Talking History videos

Unfortunately in a COVID world, we can’t currently host in-person lectures – but that doesn’t mean we can’t host them online! Head over to our YouTube channel to learn about all things history. Hear the tales of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, or delve into the dark world of deaths on the cricket field. There’s plenty on offer for all tastes and interests.

But sorry – it’s BYO cheese plater.


2. Find your Holden Hero!

The National Motor Museum is chock-a-block full of concept and classic Holden cars. Perfect for any car enthusiast? Definitely. Perfect for those that just like to look at really cool things? Absolutely. I mean:


And he has friends too! These one of a kind gems are up at Birdwood just waiting for you to come visit.

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3. Discover the stories of new Australians

What would you do to save your life and the lives of your family? The exhibition New Land, New Hope tells the stories of refugees coming to Australia from the Horn of Africa region, escaping from a life of oppression to experience the freedom of Australia.

On now at the Migration Museum until the end of February.

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4. Join the Cat-Catcher’s club

Cats! On the loose! In the Museum!

The ships’ cats have jumped overboard and are running amok at the SA Maritime Museum. Get down to the Port to see if you can find all the furtive felines that have hidden themselves among the collection. Grab your guide, take your journey and return to the desk to reveal the secret hiding spots and receive your Cat-Catcher’s badge.

Best part is if you bring your favourite toy along as your partner in detective-ing, you (and the toy) get in for free.

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5. Try your hand at cross-stitch craftivism

Our team at the Centre of Democracy want to know what would you change about the year 2020? What is the most important thing you think the world needs now?

We bet the list is quite long!

We want to know what you think – through cross stitch. Head to the Centre of Democracy and grab a free cross stitch kit to share your thoughts.

6. Visit the Working Together Art Exhibition

Feast your eyes on the exquisite paintings from current and deceased artists of Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre in Mparntwe. By using paint, artists of the Hermannsburg School are creating pieces that express their connection to the land.

All art is done with the same traditions of Albert Namatjira – their grandfather and relative.

The best part is if you love them, you can buy them! All artworks are for sale from now until the end of February.

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7. Gander at the Garage Girls

Step into the world of Alice Anderson and her ‘garage girls’. Popular with all visitors, the Alice Anderson Motor Service exhibition will take you back to the early 1900s and show you what it was like to run an all-women business in an all-men world.

Alice’s aim was to make garage work a profession for women as well as men – visit the Museum to learn her story!

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8. Spend your day in the Port

Did you know that there is not one, not two, but THREE Museums on Lipson Street in Port Adelaide? The Maritime, Railway and Aviation Museum take up large chunk of the Port and tell the stories of the area including who lived there, what they did for work, and what it was like to be a Portonian back in the late 19th century.

And if you visit one, you get 25% off your tickets to the other two – PLUS the clipper ship City of Adelaideas well.

Can’t do much better than that.

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9. Learn about being deaf in SA

See what it’s like to walk a mile in the shoes of a deaf person. Learn what it’s like to live without hearing and experience firsthand the unique culture created by the deaf community in South Australia.

On now until the end of March.

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10. Track your family’s journey to Oz

Everyone’s got a story about where they came from and how they got to where you are today – do you know yours?

If not – let us help! Use our research guide and Passengers in History database to discover your families past and learn about your own personal history.

Start your search

Chloe Svaikauskas

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