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Clare, SA 5453
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Arts & Museums
Started as a project to promote and protect art in Gawler and the surrounding areas, the Gawler Community Gallery stocks contemporary art by young talented artists, most of whom are local. The center hosts regular exhibitions from time to time on a number of subjects and themes. Call ahead for more details or check website for information on upcoming shows.
Revisit the golden age of tram travel. Between 1909 and 1959, electric vehicles were the main source of public transport in Adelaide. Their popularity knew no bounds. In 1945 alone, 93 million passengers traveled on trams. Today the only remaining tram runs between Adelaide and Glenelg. This museum is funded and maintained by volunteers. There are static displays of historic trams including Adelaide's first (1908) and its first trolley-bus, "Green Goddess" (1932). Recapture rollicking tram rides of old on the tram line built to the St Kilda beach-front.
This rather different museum is no rusty collection of ancient war planes, but a busy restoration workshop staffed by volunteers. Current displays at Classic Jets Fighter Museum, that visitors can touch and feel include military jet aircraft built between 1950 and 1980. You can even squeeze into the confines of a real jet fighter cockpit! The museum contains engines, flight-suits, photos and historical aviation artifacts.
Known to have provided a platform for upcoming artists, the New Land Gallery is a place to go if you are interested in admiring local artworks. You will get to see a wide variety of artworks right from experimental and contemporary to that of aboriginal forms. The exhibitions at the gallery are showcased on rotational basis which ensures that you get to check out a wide variety of different artworks. New Land Gallery is the perfect place to appreciate art.
Historic Port Adelaide has a rich seafaring tradition. With a visit to the South Australian Maritime Museum you are transported back in time to witness the "romance" of sea travel. The early settlers suffered difficult conditions on their voyage to Australia and this is their story. The museum is delightfully interactive, enabling you to smell and hear the experience of early sea travel. Board a full-scale copy of a sailing ketch, visit an 1869 lighthouse or see an original steam tug, the "Yelta."
In 1856, the British Empire opened the first government owned steam railway. Known as the "Port Dock," the railway ran between Adelaide and Port Adelaide. Now residing on the site of the Port Dock station is Australia's largest undercover collection of locomotives, passenger carriages and freight vehicles. Every child's train-set dream come true-there are railway signals and gauges, steam-engines and diesel locomotives, plus a complete history of South Australian railways. You can even ride a three and a half kilometer steam railway journey along the foreshore!
Older Australians will relate to the toy collection here. Remember squabbling over the cereal packet for that ready-to-assemble toy, racing along on a red scooter or leaping imaginary fences on a gleaming new rocking horse? That said, this is no slick, high-tech museum of pristine collectibles, but an attempt to display some of the influences on our children over history. The childhood treasures hidden in this well-loved and worn collection are interspersed with the plastic collectibles of more recent times.
Explore the fascinating history of flight with this unique South Australian Aviation collection-featuring 10 aircraft, 20 engines, six rockets and 20 display cabinets of rare artifacts. Operated by volunteers, the museum displays precious memorabilia and traces the history of early South Australian aviators, along with the Australian Women's Pilots Association. Of particular interest are rockets fired from the Woomera rocket range from 1950-1980, and the regular engine runs, where a variety of stationery aircraft engines are fired up for the public to observe.
National Motor Museum features the largest collection of vintage, veteran and classic vehicles in the Southern hemisphere. This 300-strong display of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles includes highlights such as the very first Holden ever built and a 45 meter long road-train (the only display of its kind in the world). You can also view the oldest Australian-built vehicle still running; an 1899 steam car called the Shearer. There are also beautifully preserved examples of horse-drawn transport.
RM Williams is a living legend, Australian style. The image of the rugged Australian, kitted out in the famous Akubra hat, oilskin coat and leather boots had its beginnings at this site. The museum boasts an array of RM Williams artifacts; saddlery, bridles, whips, clothing and boot making machinery. Displays depict the outback and the development of this very special business.
A modern contemporary space created to promote and enhance marketability of artists, the Greenhills Galleries Adelaide has fine examples of modern art on display. Organizing events throughout the year, many local artists work have been displayed here. Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, glass work, jewelry are on display. Glance through their website for a glimpse of archived and historic works of art.
If you are interested in artwork and are planing to explore the local talent and works, The Artistic License Gallery and Studio is your place to go. This wonderful art gallery run by Julie Emery showcases works of the local artists with the intention of promoting and encouraging art in the city. You will get to view artworks in different genres right from sculptures to paintings and ceramics created by local artists. If anything unusual catches your eyes, you might be able to buy it at reasonable rates. You can even try your hand at painting some works by participating in the several workshops. To know the schedule of the workshops or even the list of artwork currently on display, check the website.