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Published December 20th 2015
Visit this historic German town and discover it in depth
The heritage listed building, located on Hahndorf's iconic Main Street, has seen it all! This building was originally opened as an English and German School in 1857, it has since then been a boarding school, nursing home and hospital, council offices, Lutheran college, army headquarters, dental surgery and even flats! As a jack of all trades, these four walls finally became a Gallery in 1967 as part of Sir Hans Heysen's 90th birthday and were purchased by the Mount Barker District Council and administered by the Hahndorf Academy Foundation Inc. in 1988.
These days the building serves not only as a reference point for tourists and visitors, but as a space for the community to showcase their skills and talent, perform regular exhibitions and provide information about the local area, events and the town's history.
As you enter the building, you will see a small yet friendly Visitor Information Centre where you can browse through thousands of brochures, pick the brains of their helpful staff and find something to do for the day or week, as the entire Adelaide Hills area is full of things to do, see and experience.
The main building is the home to hundreds of crafts, paintings, photographs, sculptures and souvenirs, all made by local and international creative souls. To keep it exciting the Hahndorf Academy also hosts regular art exhibitions, anything from funky prints, intricate paintings, abstract photographs and even children's art, creating a tight community and a great outlet for those emerging into the arts industry. Click here to see what's on
If you are an arts enthusiast, but have never tested your skill or had someone to mentor your style, the Hahndorf Academy also holds art classes, from beginners to professional levels. They also hold great school holiday workshops - what a better way to amuse little ones and stimulate their creative side! Click here for more art classes info
As mentioned above, the Hahndorf Academy is a jack of all trades, so they also have a museum on site, divided in two sections: the German Migration Museum and the Hans Heysen Drawings. The small yet informative venue explains the history, lifestyle and movement of the original immigrants from Prussia in 1839 and original artefacts, tools and dresses are all exhibited under the buildings natural light and polished floorboards. The other section shows the drawings of landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen, as a local resident; Heysen portrayed the landscape and daily life in those days.
A visit to this beautiful historic space would not be complete without a souvenir, having this in mind, you can purchase a myriad of gifts, crafts, kids toys, books, prints, photographs, homewares, you name it! Get thrifty and receive 10% off by becoming a member before you visit; click here to become a member.
Next time you are in this lovely German town, discover much more than sausages and pastries, learn its history, meet the people who have shaped it and walk inside these four walls, just like many other thousands did, back in the day.