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by Jennifer L (subscribe)
I am a keen traveller. Currently rediscovering my own backyard and the rest of Australia. I enjoy nature, history and the quirkiness of what the world has to offer.
Published December 27th 2021
Cheap houses, polka and shopping
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Rundle Mall, in Adelaide, and step back in time as you enter Adelaide Arcade. Adelaide Arcade is an elegant building that has stood the test of time. It opened in 1885 and has seen many retailers and vendors in the building.

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Beautiful facade


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Stroll the arcade


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Adelaide Arcade Museum a hidden gen


Located in the stairwell between the ground floor and balcony level of Gay's Arcade is the free Adelaide Arcade Museum. It is small but extremely interesting as it has an eclectic mix of items from over the years. There are newspaper clippings, vintage clothing, photographs that give an insight into yesteryear. I doubt many people would know that the Adelaide Arcade has its own polka. You can listen to the polka on a piano accordion that plays the official Adelaide Arcade Polka.

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Listen to the Arcade's polka


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Sussan's started in Adelaide


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Cheap houses (not anymore)


The Adelaide Arcade Museum is a place you can pop in and out of when you are in Adelaide's CBD.

Find out more about the self-guided history tour and if you are not going to Adelaide anytime soon, then watch the video . There is even ghost tours of Adelaide Arcade.
Opening hours 7 days a week. The Museum is open during shopping hours.
Monday to Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Coffee Bars open from 7am

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Different times, different fashions


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Sore bottom


Adelaide Arcade is opposite the fountain in Rundle Mall, Adelaide. You can enter Adelaide Arcade via Rundle Mall, Grenfell Street or via Gay's Arcade off Twin Street. Use the journey planner to find out how you can visit the Adelaide Arcade by public transport. Buses regularly stop in the city, the closest stops to Adelaide Arcade are Stop T1 Grenfell Street South Side and Stop G2 Grenfell Street North Side.
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Why? Learn more about Adelaide and the Adelaide Arcade
When: Open when stores are Monday to Thursday 9am - 6pm Friday 9am - 9pm Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 5pm
Where: Adelaide Arcade Museum
Cost: Free
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