Art Gallery of South Australia#8 in Best Things To Do in Adelaide
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Tucked between the South Australian Museum and the Museum of Classical Archaeology in the central business district, the Art Gallery of South Australia houses one of Australia's largest art collections, with approximately 38,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics and more. Standout pieces include works by Renoir, Claude Lorrain and Napier Waller.
Travelers rave about the Australian art displayed in this museum. Though some say the attraction itself is small, most agree its collection is top-notch. To take in all the property has to offer, visitors suggest joining one of the free collection tours led by the museum's friendly and informative staff members. These tours last about an hour and are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Also, many recommend paying to see the property's temporary exhibits.
The Art Gallery of South Australia is free to visit but charges apply for select exhibits. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (excluding Christmas). Loaner wheelchairs, restrooms, a gift shop and the Art Gallery Food + Wine restaurant are available on-site, and fee-based parking can be found across the street at the Adelaide Central Car Park. Many buses, including the free City Connector buses, have stops within walking distance; you can walk from Rundle Mall (one of the stops for Adelaide Metro's complimentary tram) as well. Check out the Art Gallery of South Australia website to learn more about the museum.
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#1 Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include the Garden of Health (an area devoted to plants with healing properties) and the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (where kids can learn about fruits, vegetables and herbs).
The 124-acre Adelaide Botanic Garden regularly woos visitors with its tranquil atmosphere and well-maintained landscaping. But if you really want to relax while in this city sanctuary, travelers recommend bringing a blanket and food for a picnic on one of the lawns. Also, save some time to admire the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory's architecture. The former is a restored Victorian glasshouse from Germany, while the latter is the Southern Hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory.
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