South Australian Institute Building

Also known as:
State Library of South Australia
Current owner/occupier:
State Library of South Australia

The southern half of the Institute Building was completed in 1860 for the South Australian Institute a body created by Act of Parliament in 1856. It is historically significant as the oldest cultural building on North Terrace. It was the first permanent home of what are now termed the State Library and South Australian Museum and also provided quarters for some important learned societies. The northern half was opened in 1907. The building is now part of the State Library complex.

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ACH Status:
Heritage Protection:
NTSA Listed, State Heritage Listed
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  1. The official opening of the institute building was in January 1861. Was there an art gallery opened at that time and was painting and drawing regularly displayed in the building?