Mary MacKillop Museum is open again!

Mary MacKillop Museum’s Post-Covid Reopening

Located in Kensington SA, on the site where Mary lived from 1872 to 1883, the museum tells the story of Mary, Australia’s first canonised Saint – the pioneering educator and social reformer – and those who have followed in her footsteps.

Mary MacKillop Museum, which is disabled friendly, offers an interactive visitor experience using contemporary storytelling devices.  Translated texts are available in Italian, Chinese, and Vietnamese.  This is a story for everyone, regardless of age, cultural or religious background!

The museum also features a  beautiful gift shop and a soon-to-be-opened cafe that’s set in beautiful surroundings adjacent to Mary MacKillop Park and  the Memorial Rose Garden.  Here is a sneak preview of Mary MacKillop Museum to give you a ‘taste for more’.

Some visitors’ comments:

  • An easy to navigate and interactive museum that taught me so much about Mary MacKillop and the early days of the Sisters of St Joseph. It oozes history with a contemporary feel and a future orientated passion.
  • This is a lovely museum. Its very contemporary in its exhibition design and the story it tells would carry you along even if you were visiting a much duller museum! I particularly liked following the story of one of ten members of the Josephite order which St Mary MacKillop founded. You can do this using QR cards which take you to a number of terminals.This particular woman joined young and took on some really tough and lonely jobs. She kept writing sad and anxious letters to Mary MacKillop. I kept thinking:” She’s going to give up!” But she never did! It’s an excellent way to tell a story …
  • To walk in the footsteps of Australia’s first saint and the Sisters of St Joseph was a deeply spiritually uplifting and moving experience. The Museum is part of the Mary MacKillop Precinct where Mary MacKillop lived for eleven years of her life. The Museum staff were welcoming, knowledgeable and passionate about the Museum, its contents and sharing the wisdom and life of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph. The Museum offers a hands-on experience suitable for all ages using audio and visual storytelling activities to engage and inspire. Great care has been taken in the planning and presentation which inspires as soon as you enter the space. This Museum is a beautiful legacy for all to visit, enjoy and be inspired!

It’s a warm and welcoming space …  the perfect place to be on a cold winter’s day!  Come, ‘enjoy and be inspired‘!

For enquiries, please phone 08 8130 5910, or email:

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  • Be assured that we have Covid-19 Protocols in  place to keep you safe.
  • Please note that Saint Joseph’s Chapel and Bethany Centre remain closed to the public until further notice.