Sometimes everything comes together to make something quite special. A vibrant arts scene, a community passionate about its town, its history and a grand old building - together these elements combine to create the Hahndorf Academy: a regional centre for the arts and heritage

The Retail Gallery

There's nothing quite like finding an absolute treasure, a reminder of a special holiday or just the right gift for a friend. The Hahndorf Academy Retail Gallery is full of treasures, showcasing South Australian contemporary craft and art.

And if you're a fan of Hans Heysen's distinctive paintings of the Adelaide Hills, you'll love our prints of his works

German Migration Museum

Hahndorf was settled in early 1839 by immigrants from Prussia who came seeking religious freedom and a better life. Their countryside was impoverished and wars frequent. They were granted land in the Adelaide Hills and were soon growing enough produce not only for their own families but to supplement the needs of Adelaide.
The German migration museum exhibits objects relating to the life of Hahndorf’s pioneering families, including religious and scholastic artefacts. Their religion underpinned their activities and education was a prime focus.

Hans Heysen Drawings

Renowned landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968) donated a selection of drawings to the Hahndorf Academy which are now on permanent display. These exquisite sketches and preparatory drawings were completed over a period of fourteen years from 1906 to 1920. They reflect the artist’s love of Hahndorf where he and his wife settled in 1908, as well as his strong support of the Academy.

The images are a reminder of days gone by; a lively German town filled with the sounds of horse drawn vehicles and children playing... the aroma of German sausage and freshly baked bread and the charm of the thatched cottages lining the main street. Step back and enjoy a change of pace...

Studio Artists

The Hahndorf Academy is proud to be host to a number of established artists who not only work from their studios on the premises but offer classes to the community.



Location & Contact details
68 Main Street (Mount Barker Road)
Hahndorf   SA   5245

Also home of the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre

Phone - 08 8388 7250

Fax - 08 8388 7611

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Opening times.
10 am to 5 pm every day
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Free admission