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Dedicated to the rich and broad social

history of South Australia and its people

Adelaide Museum of South Australia’s History

Dedicated to the rich and broad social

history of South Australia and its people

Building a shared understanding of South Australia’s unique journey and identities.

AMoSAH will offer local residents and visitors to South Australia captivating and memorable experiences  - reasons to stay another day in Adelaide and explore further afield. Along with Keystone Tower’s top-floor public observation levels, AMoSAH will signpost South Australia’s regions and places to visit and celebrate.

AMoSAH’s exhibitions and stories will be drawn from many places, including the State History Collection – comprising nearly 35,000 South Australian connected objects held by the History Trust of SA and safely stored.

AMoSAH will become a cherished place in the hearts of South Australians. Together with other museums, AMoSAH will draw from South Australia’s substantial ‘distributed collections’ - objects loaned by other public institutions, community-owned and private collections.

Don Dunstan on the steps of Parliament, 22 November 1972.

Image credit: Advertiser Newspapers

Building a shared understanding of South Australia’s unique journeys and identities.

AMoSAH’s exhibitions and stories will be drawn from many places, including the State History Collection – comprising nearly 35,000 South Australian connected objects held by the History Trust of SA, and others loaned by other public and community institutions - as well as other objects held in private collections.

 

AMoSAH will offer visitors to South Australia and local residents alike with enriching and memorable experiences - a reason to stay another day in Adelaide - and to visit again. Along with Keystone Tower’s top-floor public observation levels, AMoSAH will signpost other South Australian regions and places to savour and celebrate.

Don Dunstan on the steps of Parliament, 22 November 1972.

Image credit: Advertiser Newspapers

Don Dunstan on Country with traditional owners.

Image Credit: Advertiser Newspapers

Benefits

Don Dunstan on Country with traditional owners

Reproduced with kind permission of Advertiser Newspapers

AMoSAH will present the stories of South Australia - our unique peoples, achievements and cultural diversity – our society, economy and democracy, and will be a primary place for the fostering of a deeper sense of shared pride, optimism and social cohesion.

 

While enriching South Australia’s year-round cultural offering, AMoSAH will support tourism through state-of-the-art messaging to promote both visitation and spending across the state.

At AMoSAH, visitors will be engaged through stories creatively shared - objects, voices and interactive exhibits using compelling, immersive and unforgettable storytelling experiences.

Experience

AMoSAH concept design

Image credit: Walter Brooke and Associates and Freemasons SA/NT

Location

AMoSAH concept design.

Image credit: Walter Brooke and Associates and Freemasons SA/NT

AMoSAH at Freemasons’ proposed Keystone Tower, 254 North Terrace Adelaide, will be an 8000 square/metre purpose-designed museum over five x 1000 square/m levels, plus the conserved and adaptively re-used 1927 heritage-listed Grand Lodge building of 3000 square/m. It will provide a must-visit attraction for all South Australians, and for international and interstate visitors.

 

Conveniently positioned along Adelaide’s premier cultural heritage boulevard, and within easy walking distance and public transport, AMoSAH will be the logical starting place for any visitor to learn more about who we are - and our place in the world.

AMoSAH’s approaches to in-museum and online storytelling for students will explain the power of the South Australian environment in shaping who we are today. It will offer both South Australian-centred and Australian Curriculum-aligned learning experiences. It will be a place for truth-telling - about the impact of time, place, people and cultures. And it will attract significant increases in both adult and school-age student visitation to many other specialist museums - and nearby state flagship collecting museums: State Library of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum of Economic Botany and Adelaide Botanic Garden - and the myriad other attractions accessible in greater metropolitan Adelaide, the regions and more remote places beyond.

Content

AMoSAH will

invite curiosity

and wonderment…

Commemoration Day badge 1915

State History Collection, HT 1985.2037

Image Credit: History Trust of SA

John McDouall-Stuart’s smoking cap (c.1850)

State History Collection, HT 2001.0132

Image Credit: Rachel Harris, photographer.

- Connecting people with ideas in their place for our times

- Sharing South Australia’s stories with the world in exciting ways

- Offering year-round innovative public programs and events

- Presenting interactive and multi-sensory virtual experiences   

- Engaging visitors with deeper understandings of who we are

- Giving South Australia’s past a future - now!

AMoSAH will provide insight into South Australia’s unique and shared past in the world. It will explain why we can confidently embrace and celebrate the diverse people, places and events that have shaped our contemporary lives in family, community, and society.

The AMoSAH experience will enhance our understanding South Australia’s distinctiveness - a duality of valuing our heritage and past stories while also stimulating our appetite for a more vibrant and dynamic present. The result of this understanding will be greater confidence and pride in the possibilities for our shared future.

The Way We Do It

Part image from the History Trust of South Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Artwork by Elizabeth Close 

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