Combining the heritage collections of Adelaide’s health and medical institutions.

The physical structure of an institution is important, but a hospital is more than bricks and mortar, and it is the people who work in it, who give it quality and tradition.

J. Estcourt Hughes
Surgeon & medical

Our collection focuses on the institutions within Central Adelaide Local Health Network: Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA Dental, SA Pathology, and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.

We seek to recognise the many contributions made by professionals, not just those in hospitals but in the community as a whole. While recognising doctors and nurses, we also display the work of dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, laboratory staff, biomedical engineers, hospital administrators, and others in various institutions.

History Festival 2022 @ the Health Museum of South Australia


Explore South Australia’s Medical collections

The CALHN Health Museum has been a functioning unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital since the 1980s and actively seeks and collects items that have been part of the medical, corporate, academic, or social life of South Australian medical history.

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