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The Institute on the North Terrace, Adelaide

The Institute on the North Terrace, Adelaide

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The Institute, Adelaide

No. 37 on the Attractions of Adelaide Map.

The Institute, housed in this building fostered not only the State Library of South Australia, but also the South Australian Museum as well as the Art Gallery of South Australia. The building, completed in 1860, with its rich cultural history has played an important role in the development of the state of SA.

Originally formed in England to promote the arts, sciences, literature and philosophies in South Australia, before SA was actually settled in 1855. After the settlement, it first formed the State Library, having begun in 1838 in the Mechanics Institute.

The Building

As the first stone edifice completed on the North Terrace of Adelaide, it became the home to a large number of cultural organisations throughout the years.

Today there are changing exhibitions held in the main rooms that occupy the lower floors. The building is now adjoined to the main State Library of South Australia.

It was also home to the first permanent library in the state, you may be able to visit this part of the building when with a tour of the main library.

Institute Building

More about The South Australian Institute and Building:

  • Institute Building
  • Institute Building
    cnr North Terrace and Kintore Ave.

    Museum of Classical Archaeology

    Nearby is the Museum of Classical Archaeology, open between 11am and 3 pm on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding December and January).

  • Museum of Classical Archaeology
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