Separated into distinct East and West areas, the heart of the Education and Cultural Precinct is built around two of South Australia’s major universities. To the East, the State Library, Museum and Art Gallery are also located along North Terrace, while the West houses contemporary galleries and is currently expanding to incorporate new opportunities for tertiary studies.

Western Precinct

The University of South Australia and University of Adelaide are both investing significantly in new educational infrastructure to capitalise on the opportunities of the growing Health and Biomedical Precinct.

Adjacent to the SAHMRI, the University Of Adelaide in conjunction with Lyons Architects are currently constructing a new Health and Medical Sciences Building to support their Medicine and Nursing students. The location will allow for easy integration with research conducted at the SAHMRI and care provided by the new RAH and, building upon the more than 130 years of a shared relationship between the University and the Hospital.

The building is expected to be open for teaching in 2017.

Opposite this new development, the University of South Australia have also embarked upon a 2020 West Campus Master Plan, which will reinvigorate and build upon the existing infrastructure established along North Terrace and Hindley Street by the University. Central to the plans will be a significant greening of the existing site, the creation of a new campus square and urban plaza, as well as North Terrace activation that will enhance the existing arts and cultural buildings along the strip, including the Samstag Museum of Art and SASA Gallery.

Eastern Precinct

Within the cultural heart of North Terrace alongside the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital and Botanic Gardens, and nestled amongst the State Library, Museum and Art Gallery are University of South Australia and University of Adelaide’s core city campuses.

The University of South Australia’s City East Campus, situated along From Road and leading down to the banks of the River Torrens, has the State’s only programs in podiatry, pharmacy and medical radiation, and a lengthy history teaching occupational therapy, physiotherapy and human movement. It is also home to nursing and midwifery, and the medical sciences.

Meanwhile the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace Campus, has a long history dating back to 1874 when the grounds were initially provided by Parliament for the establishment of the University. Buildings such as the Mitchell Building (1882), Elder hall (1900), Bonython Hall (1936) and the Barr Smith Reading Room (formerly the library, opened in 1932) are living monuments to the architectural and educational history of the state, as well as a host of statues and sculptural works scattered throughout the campus.

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State Library of South Australia

The State Library of South Australia is the largest public reference library in South Australia. The interior of the Mortlock Wing is considered without equal as a mid Victorian public library in Australia. While the public library was moved into Rundle Mall in late 2014, the historical collection that remains in the building focuses on South Australian information and general reference material for information and research purposes.

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South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 150 years. One of the most visited museums in Australia, it houses collections of national and international significance and is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, with a particular focus upon Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.

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Art Gallery Of South Australia

Founded in 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia is home to a collection of 38,000 works of art comprises Australian, European, North American and Asian works including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.

Also featured is a comprehensive collection of Australian art from the time of European settlement in the early nineteenth century to the present day, including one of the most important collections of Indigenous Art in the country. Open 10am – 5pm daily, and with a café/bar open from 8am, the Art Gallery welcomed more than 700,000 visitors in 2015.

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