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Cultural Heritage Centre

Located at the Civic Centre, the Cultural Heritage Centre allows the community to experience and interact with the specialized and significant Gawler Heritage Collection through exhibitions, education programmes and expert talks.


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It also provides a dedicated space for research and learning which will broaden our understanding of the thoughts, actions, people and events which have shaped the story of Gawler.

Experiences to visit

Housed within the magnificent old Council Chamber, the Cultural Heritage Gallery will deliver diverse presentations showcasing the multi-faceted aspects of Gawler’s history as well as select touring exhibitions from other cultural institutions.

The current exhibition ‘Into the Light’ is an interpretation of Gawler’s history through the prism of the Kaurna people and their connection to country, early colonisation, exploration and the growth of the town and the creation of cultural institutions, such as the Gawler Institute, which fostered the 19th century obsession with scientific scholarship and academic enquiry. Further information and opening hours can be found here.

The Cultural Heritage Research Centre, located on the lower ground floor will allow researchers, students and the public the opportunity to access the large and unique collection of artefacts, archives, photographs and books that compose the Gawler Heritage Collection. The Local History Collection is also available at the Research Centre.

Opening hours:
Monday 1am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Thursday 1pm-5pm.

Additional access to the Heritage Collection is by appointment.

Contact us:
Email: heritage@gawler.sa.gov.au
Phone: (08) 8522 9268