COVID-19 Update

The History Trust of South Australia’s museums remain open to the public, with updated capacity limits of 1 person per 4 square metres at all sites. This is in alignment with the updated SA Government Emergency Management Declaration, which came into effect at midnight, 16 November 2020.

The Centre of Democracy gallery located in the Institute Building on North Terrace, managed in collaboration with the State Library of South Australia, will close today until further notice. You can read more about the Centre of Democracy temporary closure.

At our museums, our existing COVID Safe practices are still in place, with ongoing regular cleaning, numerous hand sanitiser stations for visitors, physical distancing guidance, and contact tracing. All of our team members have been trained in both our site-specific COVIDSafe Plan and processes, and as COVID Marshals.

You can read more about the History Trust’s COVIDSafe approach here.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow SA Health and SA Government advice. The health and safety of our teams, visitors and volunteers remains our priority.

The updated COVIDSafe guidelines unfortunately impact school visits and public events across our History Trust locations, with all onsite activities cancelled until 29 November.

We are speaking directly with those school groups already booked to either cancel or postpone visits. Meanwhile, our online educations programs have not been affected and we welcome enquiries about our virtual museums visits. More information about our education program can be found here.

Our onsite events and programs scheduled to take place up to and including 29 November, have been cancelled, however many of these events have online access, and we invite you to participate in these from the comfort of home. Our Talking History lecture series continues in an online format as do many of our partners’ and communities’ events.

The History Trust and its museums and galleries will provide updates on any changes through our website and social media channels. If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit or call the Australian Government’s Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.


A summary of current changes to operations for each of our museums and galleries can be found below:

Migration Museum: Total capacity at the Migration Museum has reduced to 35 people

National Motor Museum: Total capacity at the National Motor Museum has reduced to 300

South Australian Maritime Museum: Total capacity at the South Australian Maritime Museum has reduced to 75

Centre of Democracy Closed temporarily


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