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Published April 15th 2013
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Unley Museum

[ADVERT]Ironically I didn't even know that Unley Museum existed, although I had used it a couple of times.

It's hidden away on a quiet side street off Unley Road and I had driven past it many times, but I was usually trying to avoid people driving slowly looking for parks.

After calling Unley Council to ask for assistance on some historical issues, I hadn't realised that I was actually talking to the museum curator rather than a library researcher.

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All became clear when I saw references to the museum in the About Time History Festival program. It was clearly time for me to visit the museum and see what they had to offer.

Housed in a former fire station, the museum is a huge favourite for residents and children alike.

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Children love the interactivity in the displays - there are lots of buttons to press, covers to lift and things that they can listen to or smell. It's a feast for their senses, and a great way to broaden their educational horizons.

There are currently four exhibitions at the museum - Gorgeous Gardens, Black, White & Shades of Grey, Unley Now and Then,
and Women at Work.

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Gorgeous Gardens is full of information for budding gardeners young and old. It gives many tips on soil improvement, growing your own veggies, tools, and good gardening habits. It has a fun side too, with a quirky display of garden gnomes to enjoy.

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Black, White & Shades of Grey Exhibition

Black White and Shades of Grey highlights unusual objects, textiles & photos related to Unley that lack colour.

Women at Work (permanent exhibition) features the lives of some Unley women that have made an impact on their community through their resourcefulness, dedication, and strength of character.

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Women at Work Permanent Exhibition

Unley Now and Then is a permanent display showcasing Unley's past, exposing its hidden history through an interactive display.

Unley residents enjoy the museum's rich collection of images and knick knacks from Unley's past, and the ability to research your house's history is very popular. For a small fee volunteers from the Museum will dig though the museum's archives to find out interesting information about your house and its occupants over the years.

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The museum also assists with a family history service available from the Goodwood Library to help you learn more your ancestors.

Unley Museum is free to visit and is a great school holidays activity or somewhere to see if you're not sure what to do in Adelaide on a rainy day. It's located just south of Adelaide, on Edmund Avenue off Unley Road. See here for even more information.

Why not explore it and find out more about Adelaide and your history?

Unley Museum also presents a range of special activities during the About Time History Festival during May. Some are free, but most require reservations in advance. See here for more information.
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When: Mon - Wed 10am - 4pm, Sun 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Phone: (08) 8372 5117
Where: 80 Edmund Ave, Unley
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Good to know! I wasn't aware of an Unley Museum either, but it sounds interesting.
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2254 days ago
The newest exhibition at Unley Museum is Snappy Dressers: An Exhibition of Fashion from the 1940s to the 1970s. http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=912&t=uList&ulistId=0&c=24918
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11205) 2222 days ago
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