The border may be closed, but this border gate is wide open

From midnight tonight, people, including South Australian residents, will be banned from returning to the state.

While the state's borders will be closed, one of the original border gates, located at Bordertown's Clayton Farm Heritage Museum, will be open for travellers who are keen to explore their own backyard.

The museum's caretaker Vicki Eckert said the old border gate was situated near Wolseley, and was found on the property of Jo and Jamie Edwards.

Being a rich piece of local history, the gate was eventually transported to the museum with the hopes of showcasing them to many interested history buffs or travellers stopping through town.

Mrs Eckert said the handmade gate would be close to 150 years old, and despite looking a tad "grubby", much of the original contents still remain.

"The only thing we've put on is a few bolts on the wood, but everything else is handmade," Mrs Eckert said.

During the late 1800's, people travelling across the border would have to pay a toll for items that they were bringing with them.

"If you had sugar you had to pay three shillings, which is roughly 10 cents, per hundredweight," Mrs Eckert said.

"They also had to let the police officer know 24-hours beforehand, so they couldn't cross the border at night, it was only open during the day."

With there being so many negative border stories, Mrs Eckert said now would be a great opportunity to talk about something more positive.

"They are putting all the bad news about the border in the paper and on the news, and we thought 'we got the borders out here, and they aren't shut'," Mrs Eckert said.

The amount of visitors the museum has received has been affected since the start of the pandemic, however, the hard border closures may entice South Australians to explore their own backyard.

Mrs Eckert said they are currently open from 11am-4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 1pm-5pm on Sunday.

"Visitors can arrive without appointments - I usually take them for a guided tour which can take anywhere between two to three hours, depending on what they are interested in," Mrs Eckert said.

"The houses are set up like an 1890's house, so if they are interested in that, then they might take hour in there."

The museum also has sheds full of old farm equipment, which will give visitors a look of what it was like to live in a simpler period of time.

Adding one of the old border gates to its impressive collection is timely, and while the current borders remain closed, Clayton Farm Heritage Museum are happy to say theirs are wide open.