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What's your favourite South Australian Museum?
A Sea Venom Jet at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum
Sunday May 18 is International Museum Day, when we are encouraged to think about the place museums hold in our lives. Museums such as the South Australian Museum are wonderful Adelaide attractions because they offer something for people of all ages, from young children to the elderly.
Port Road - Park Terrace Intersection: One of the Historic Photos at the Hindmarsh Museum
A classic example is the National Railway Museum which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Kids in Adelaide love to ride the steam engines at the museum and to explore the old trains on display, while older people reminisce nostalgically about the old South Australian Railways carriages and signs from bygone days.
Museums in Adelaide also performs an important social function too, allowing us to remember the experiences of people who have gone before us. The Hostel Stories - Migrant Lives display at the Migration Museum has been a very moving exhibition from our former migrants, with many leaving comments about their personal experience in hostels on my article and at the Migration Museum.
The Army Museum also allows us to learn about the sacrifices our soldiers have made to ensure our safety and freedom, although kids are often more interested in exploring the tanks and military vehicles.
The country regions of South Australia are also fortunate to have a network of National Trust community museums such as the Beachport Museum. They offer a great opportunity to get a glimpse of a town's past history, and the locals are always happy to tell you their personal stories about the town too.