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Alice Springs: Araluen Cultural Precinct

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Address: 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8951 1120
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant...

The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences in Alice Springs and provides a unique visitor experience, encompassing Central Australia’s key cultural institutions and collections. In its four galleries and 500 seat theatre, the Araluen Arts Centre presents an annual program of exhibitions, theatre, and film.

The Araluen Galleries showcase the beginning and continuing development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of the Central and Western Desert. The Araluen Art Collection includes significant original watercolours by Albert Namatjira in his artistic response to the Central Australian landscape.

A “keeping place of stories”, the Araluen Cultural Precinct offers a rich experience set amongst important Arrernte sites significant to the local Arltyerre (Dreaming) including yaye (Big sister hill), yaye akweke (Little sister hill) and a sacred 300-year-old corkwood tree.

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We happen to be a family that loves museums and art galleries; but even so this is a great place to visit in Alice springs. Wonderful aboriginal art; and European too; brilliant... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We happen to be a family that loves museums and art galleries; but even so this is a great place to visit in Alice springs. Wonderful aboriginal art; and European too; brilliant small museum with geology and biology as strongpoints; but also some good cultural history. Don't miss the small sculpture garden and historic sacred tree; and there will always... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This precint offers a huge variety of cultural, artisitc and natural exhibits. Well worth taking a morning/afternoon to see the lot.

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Mackay QLD
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This was huge surprise to us to visit this beautiful place. There is very close museum, gallery, Royal Flying Doctors museum.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

So much to see and do here. A great afternoon spent looking at art, history and culture. There is something here for all ages from the art galleries, museum and the plane hangar. Also great coffee and cake. Very reasonably priced for how much is there

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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

My meetings finished at midday on the Friday and I was not due at the airport til about 4 do ad a few hours to kill. I had never been heee before and I regret that very much. This center has a variety of venues to visit -museum -flying Doctor museum -art and craft center -coffee shop and eatery -art... More 

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Molndal, Sweden
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

We had a couple of hours to spend before leaving and we where recommended this place by the touristoffice. It was really worth a visit - there was an art exhibition, two museums, a cafe and more.

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Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We are 5 weeks into a 3 month camper van trip around aus. Although we haven't done too many museums this was by far the best. The current displays in the galleries shows Aboriginal artiste's art at its best, and it's not all about dot paintings The museum below nicely encapsulates some key features about central aus in particular -... More 

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Reviewed 22 October 2016

One place that is a must to visit is The Araluen Cultural Precinct. Her you will find to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences to be found in Alice Springs. Within the Precinct there is to be found distinct areas that link the history Australia’s Red Centre. There is the Araluen Arts Centre, the Albert Namatjira... More 

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Reviewed 19 October 2016

They definitely have the best coffee ! And the whole experience is definitely worthwhile. You will not be disappointed. It is a 'must see' whilst in Alice.

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Araluen Cultural Precinct has many faces - artists past and present find stimulation and satisfaction in the workshop atmosphere beside the gallery and auditorium complex, and always answer your craziest questions! The coffee and cafe food is top rate too!

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