Places to visit in Murray Bridge for Arts & Culture

If you love art and like to delve deep into the history and culture of new places, then Murray Bridge could be just the place for you. There are plenty of places to visit in Murray Bridge which will help you to uncover the charming town’s rich heritage, culture and art scene. Read on to find out more!

Arts & Culture in Murray Bridge

Only an hour’s drive from Adelaide, Murray Bridge is the perfect spot for a fleeting getaway. And it might just surprise you that there are a whole lot of arts and cultural sites and attractions to uncover.

During a Weekend Escape to Murray Bridge, you and your family can discover wonderful pieces of art from local and national artists and learn about the region’s fascinating European and Aboriginal history. From galleries to museums to heritage walks, there is plenty to keep you entertained and inspired.

Keep reading to discover our top six places to visit in Murray Bridge for arts & culture fanatics.

Murray River / Pic credit: Ben Goode

Top 6 places to visit in Murray Bridge for Arts & Culture

1. Roundhouse

The Roundhouse is an important part of history in Murray Bridge as one of the oldest surviving buildings within the town. Built in 1876 the historic home was completed during the construction of the first bridge to cross the Murray River (which gave the town its name, Murray Bridge). The Roundhouse has become an authentic and immersive experience and as you walk through you will discover old artefacts and photographs which help to tell the fascinating story of the region.

2. Murray Bridge Discovery Trail

The Murray Bridge discovery trail is the perfect way to explore Murray Bridge’s rich heritage and learn the significant role it had in early South Australian history. The trail is a one-hour walking loop that you can take at your own leisurely pace. Stroll along the riverbanks and stop off at various attractions along the way. You will learn about the Ngarrindjeri culture and discover stories about how the town developed into what it is today. Download the trail map here! There are also yellow information signs located around the trail loop to help you on the way.

3. Captains Cottage Museum

When looking for places to visit in Murray Bridge, the Captains Cottage Museum is not to be missed. The house provides an insight into the culture and lifestyle of some of its earliest inhabitants. The cottage was built by Captain Adam Johnstone in 1890 for his wife and nine children. Take a walk-through history and discover what life was like over 130 years ago. The house exhibits historic farm machinery, toys, model boats and an extraordinary photograph display.

4. Murray Bridge Performing Arts & Function Centre

Murray Bridge Town Hall is home to the Performing Arts & Function Centre and is one of the top places to visit in Murray Bridge for music and entertainment. The hall is an impressive historic building that has undergone a multi-million-dollar restoration in recent years. The centre provides the local community and visitors with a state-of-the-art theatre to showcase arts and cultural performances. Check out their website here to find out what’s on during your visit!

5. Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

If you are looking for Arts & Culture in Murray Bridge, then the Regional Gallery is an absolute must-visit. The gallery was established in 2001 by the local community and has continued to grow since then. Here you will find artworks from local artists demonstrating their talents, as well as displays from nationally recognised touring exhibits. The gallery also offers a variety of  creative workshops and events throughout the year where you can learn new techniques and skills.

6. Seventh Street Murals

Murray Bridge is home to some incredible public art. As you explore the charming town keep an eye out for murals and sculptures. One street which should definitely be on your list to walk down is Seventh Street. In 2020 the Murals Project was commissioned by the local council to invigorate the local environment with vibrant works of art which celebrate the community. You will find three remarkable murals on this street each completed by a different artist including a beautiful piece called ‘By the River’ which pays tribute to the mighty Murray River.

SA Escapes Top Hotel Pick

The Bridgeport Hotel is the ideal choice for your stay in Murray Bridge. The newly developed hotel is a luxury complex with high-quality contemporary accommodation. Facilities include a gym and heated infinity pool with stunning views across the Murray River. There is also an on-site restaurant and lounge bar serving up delicious food and drinks – the perfect way to end a day after exploring the town!

For more information on things to do in Murray Bridge, check out our ultimate guide