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Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.

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Address: 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 8 8224 3200
09:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Tue 09:00 - 16:30
Wed - Sat 09:30 - 16:30

Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place to explore and experience...

Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place to explore and experience contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, through visual art and performings. Walk through art exhibitions or take a tour, watch a cultural presentation and performance (by appointment), browse through our Gallery Shop or hire one of many spaces in our amazing building.

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Great art installations and exhibits - loved the contemporary exhibit currently on display "lifestyle choices" - gallery shop has great range and friendly staff

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 August 2015
Tony P
Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

Great art installations and exhibits - loved the contemporary exhibit currently on display "lifestyle choices" - gallery shop has great range and friendly staff

1 Thank Tony P
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

We recently visited Tandanya which was a disappointing experience with little to view. Th attraction is located in a large old building which has loads of display potential. Instead we found that what little to see was poorly curated. There is a gift shop which had a reasonable range of items for sale, though not well displayed and there was... More 

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Summertown, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

This is one of our must-see attractions when visitors come to town from overseas. We have participated in basket weaving and painting courses, watched didgeridoo/yidaki demonstrations, perused the art gallery, and enjoyed a cup of coffee at the cafe. There is always something to do here and generally everything is free. A great way to spend a morning or an... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

Parking is a bit tricky but worth the trouble. A good range of souvenirs, gifts, art gallery which is free to enter. Aboriginal paintings with Certificates of Authenticity make a lovely gift. Helpful staff and pleasant atmosphere.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015 via mobile

We were in OZ for a month and looked all over for good places to buy fair trade royalty paid art and cultural souvenirs. We felt good about where our money was going at this shop. Even better than in museum gift shops. We also wanted to buy a piece of original art on a canvas that could be stretched... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

We stopped for the midday didgeridoo demonstration but were told by the staff member in the gift shop, that it is no longer offered. He said that he had been studying the instrument for a couple of years and offered to play for us. His music was very good and gave us a good idea of the range of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2014

Excellant Aboriginal gallery and a shop with a wide range of clothing and paintings and souvenirs - a must see in Adelaide . Really helpful staff too.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

The only publicly accessible part of the Institute (apart from a very good gift shop) is the gallery space on the ground floor. They have an excellent exhibition of Bluey Roberts contemporary art in one half and a series of noted artists in the other. This is an opportunity to see some of the best Aboriginal artists being displayed, and... More 

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Salford Priors, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2014 via mobile

It's much better at the South Australia Museum, which is also closer to other attractions, and has many more artefacts. Wasted journey to catch the midday instrument demonstration, conversation with the receptionist: "It doesn't happen any more, where did you get that from? I suppose it also tells you there are guided tours? There aren't? Go ask Auntie Steph. "... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed the art on display, lovely. I would have loved to see more. The gift shop had some beautiful pictures for sale, too.

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