South Australian Museum, Adelaide

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Founded in 1856, South Australian Museum houses the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artifacts as well as several permanent galleries, including ones showcasing Australian biodiversity and the richness of Pacific cultures. The museum is part of a complex of buildings in the cultural precinct of the Adelaide Parklands, where you can also visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Mortlock Library. Join a guided tour to learn about this country's artistic and cultural heritage or roam the museum's numerous free exhibits on your own. The food kiosk offers indoor or outdoor seating, hot meals, and cold drinks. To visit South Australian Museum on your holiday in Adelaide, and find out what else Adelaide has to offer, use our Adelaide trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Before visiting the SAM we knew almost nothing about the Aboriginies. The SAM remedied that. There also terrific exhibits dealing with Australia's dinosaurs, South Pacific island cultures, and Austral...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Love going here...... very informative..... Never tire of visiting short walk from the shopping precinct  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We encountered the South Australian Museum, while walking from our hotel to the Botanical Gardens on a rainy July morning. We could not resist spending some time there, and I only wish that we had bee...  more »
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  • We love this place! We frequently attend the "Young Explorers" activities that are offered here (aimed at 3-5 year old children. They are a fun, exciting way of children to learn about a variety of topics (most recently, Animal Skin and Skeletons, and Musical Instruments from around the World). The museum itself is small but has beautiful and informative displays, and their pay-to-view exhibitions are ever changing. My only complaint is that the recommended parking is very expensive, even with the museum discount, but there are a few more carparks a little further away that are much more affordable.
  • Not bad for a quick or long trip, great for families and a lot of things to look at, but the parking is expensive. Exhibitions are always good and are sure to keep your kids entertained. Some of the best places in the museum to go to are Ancient Egypt, the giant squid, the amazing rock collection they have and the animal section.
  • Great to take the kids. Easy to access with prams and small children. Not just things to see, but there are a few things for kids to touch. There are usually tours, guides and activities set up for children too.
  • Free and fun!!! They had heaps of cool stuffed animals and hi tech displays. Worth a look
  • Great exhibits and free entry! Donations at door accepted. The Yidaki exhibit was an interesting exhibit. Get tickets at the Museum shop.

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