Hahndorf Academy’s museum tells the story of Hahndorf, also known as Bukatila, and the Hahndorf Academy building.
Hahndorf Academy is an art and heritage charity with a shop, gallery and museum celebrating local artists and stories. Our heritage building started life as a school in 1857 and later became a Lutheran seminary, hospital, dental surgery, and apartments. Our charity was created to rescue the building from disrepair and has operated as an art gallery and museum since 1967. Our museum tells the town’s story from its origins as a summer camping ground for the Peramagk people, known as Bukatila (deep pool), to its history as Australia’s oldest German settlement, as well as the story of our building and people connected to it.
Our education program offers guided tours or a self-guided audio tour available online. Curriculum-based resources are available for teachers to facilitate school visits. Check out our website to learn more about the history of Hahndorf (Bukatila) and Hahndorf Academy.