Comfort Hotel Adelaide Riviera
31-34 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000
Phone: (61) 8 82121700
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Arts & Museums
This is one of Adelaide's most prestigious galleries. A visit to this arts and cultural center is a must for anyone interested in local contemporary art with a difference. Walk through the exhibition space, which is regularly filled with exciting and distinctive work by local artists; craft, sculpture, metalwork, ceramics and design. The store strives for perfection with most of the work clean line and design oriented.
With a lot of experience behind them, Trudyanne Brown and Horst Kloss started the BMGART. A unique and dedicated art space that promotes and markets young local talent is what BMGART is all about. The gallery caters to paintings, sculptures, art, glass and prints. The exhibitions are held quite regularly and art lovers can purchase creative art either at the exhibition or online.
The late Sir Donald Bradman remains the greatest batsman in the history of world cricket with a peerless test match batting average of 99.94. He scored 17 first class centuries and 37 double centuries. Affectionately known as The Don, Bradman sadly passed away in February 2001. He is the only Australian to have been knighted for his services to cricket. South Australia is fortunate to hold this collection of 1927-1977 memorabilia. View Bradman's collection of bats, balls and original cricket apparel, and the unique Royal Worcester vase he received in 1938 to commemorate scoring three consecutive double centuries.
Opal Field Gems Mine and Museum is a store and museum and is considered as one of the best places to buy opal jewelry from. They also have a museum wherein they have re-created a real life opal mining cave. On the walls are different specimens of these gems and these studded walls make up the glittering interior. Do check out the world's largest opal specimen the 'dessert jewel' which is showcased here. Apart from jewels, one also finds the tools used by craftsmen to make opal jewelry in earlier times. Take a leisurely tour while the knowledgeable staff enlighten you on the process of mining and production of these precious stones.
Edmund Wright House holds a long history in South Australia. For instance, it was first completed in 1878 as a bank. Today, it is a landmark and a local history museum for those to enjoy and learn about its long history. Be sure to call their phone number if you would like to know more information on tours and hours available, since it can vary.
The History Trust of South Australia is part of a directorate that helps run three of Adelaide's major museums: the Migration Museum, the South Australian Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide and Birdwood's National Motor Museum. The Trust is based in a grand old building used for hosting formal functions and occasional Royal Society art exhibitions. It is worth a visit if only to admire the decorative splendour of 19th century Adelaide. The Trust supplies pamphlets on historic sites, heritage walks and tours; and promotes events and current exhibitions. A small bookshop supplements the larger collection at the city's Migration Museum. Entry is free.
Migration Museum is a museum that makes an attempt to put forth the history, culture and other interesting details about the different communities that are part of South Australia.
With numerous tours, including a "Behind the Scenes" look, and some highly regarded collections, this museum has something for everyone. Serious students and wide-eyed novices alike will marvel at the collections, including those embracing Ancient Egyptian and Early Pacific cultures. This museum's piece de resistance is the largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts and archival material in the world. There is an on-site coffee shop, and the museum shop offers a good range of gifts, souvenirs and books.
Located in the grounds of the West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide's most ancient cemetery, this modest little museum is well worth a visit if you are nearby. Exhibitions change periodically. Consisting mainly of story-boards, the displays depict fascinating profiles of the South Australian state politicians who influenced the formation of a nation at the turn of the 20th Century. The museum is self-guided and free of charge.
Established in 1881 this historic and attractive building on leafy North Terrace holds one of the most extensive art collections in Australia. Rare and valuable pieces on a worldwide scale abound fine paintings by the masters, contemporary art and design, and sculpture. There are both regular and permanent exhibitions. Enjoy a coffee or light snack in the Art Gallery Restaurant or peruse books of distinction highlighting all variety of artwork in the on-site book shop. Guided tours are available. Do check the site for details.
Hill Smith Gallery is home to both local and national artists as well as contemporary and established ones. The eclectic collections include beautiful landscapes, interesting figurative, thought-provoking still life and awesome abstracts. The artists represented here have carved a niche for themselves, each with a different genre and medium of expression. The varied themes, curious blend of colors and diverse mediums create a kaleidoscopic display. The gallery also provides a platform to artists to showcase their creative talents. Art lovers can select and purchase their favorites from the vast stockroom.
Museum of Classical Archaeology's artifact's have been collected by The Classical Studies Department of the University of Adelaide, but are available for all to view. They provide a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans, from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the decorative pottery, glassware, stone carvings, oil lamps and writing materials from this fascinating civilization. There are over 1,000 coins on display, and a large-scale model of the ancient city of Athens, so you can see where the locals would have spent them.