Unley Museum is a local history museum operated by the City of Unley, one of few municipal museums in Adelaide. With a regularly changing collection of free exhibitions, Unley Museum provides entertainment while being a valuable educational resource to local schools and families.
The museum also provides a research service about the history of Unley, and can help residents to discover information about the history of their houses, or families who have lived in the local area. I wish I had known this when I was researching the fascinating history of Forestville Scouts.
The building Unley Museum occupies was originally the Unley fire station, and also served as Unley courthouse for a period around 1970. It has a few galleries, each with their own self-contained exhibition.
Unley Fire Brigade 1916 (Image: State Library SA PRG-280-1-12-265)
As well as telling the history of Unley in four interactive exhibition displays, Unley Museum takes part in South Australia's History Festival and holds history walks, bus tours and other events to showcase the City's history.
World War 1 Army Tank on Unley Oval 1918 (Image: State Library SA PRG-280-1-9-110)
At Home, in War This interactive display showcases the World War 1 history of Unley, looking at how the war impacted on local residents. With the help of many old photos and other artefacts, the exhibition brings to life the impact of this terrible period. It describes life in the Mitcham Army camp which was located where Colonel Light Gardens is today, and also touches on some humorous aspects of wartime living.
Did you know that Keswick Barracks were originally known as Unley Barracks during the first world war? Few people would even dream of a tank playing war games on Unley Oval, but that also happened for ten days in 1918. While the At Home, in War exhibition is focused on Unley, there are plenty of interesting things to learn even if you don't live in the City of Unley. On until 2018.
Unley: 200 Years of Change Unley: 200 Years of Change is an award-winning permanent exhibition at Unley Museum. It's one of my favourites because the interactive displays are so much fun for kids, bringing alive the history of Unley with multimedia. Covering two centuries of history is quite a challenge with limited space, but the room is packed with exciting activities for kids to make a memorable learning experience.
The Terrible Tales of Unley Transport You to Adelaide Gaol
Terrible Tales of Unley Terrible Tales of Unley is the newest exhibition at Unley Museum, and really needs to be experienced first hand. I'm not going to say much about it in case I spoil the impact, but it's all about the eerie, the unusual, and the bizarre happenings in Unley.
There are plenty of activities for kids to engage in as they look at the interactive displays. Some touch on crime and punishment in early South Australia, with mysteries to solve that are fun for kids. Of course the old Adelaide Gaol gets a grisly mention too - this is set to be expanded in the Adelaide Gaol 175th Anniversary Exhibition coming in January 2017.
Tintin Memorabilia in the Free Exhibition at Unley Museum
The Tintin Exhibition
The Tintin Exhibition showcases the fictional hero of The Adventures of Tintin, a comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Created in 1929, the character was brought alive again in the movie The Adventures of Tintin. This exhibition continues until November 27 2016.