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. Plan to see South Australian Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Adelaide online day trip planner .
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  • It's free and it's wonderful. You can get through in an 1 to 2 hours. you will see and touch some of the oldest (500 million years) fossils and view Aboriginal art, tools, weapons and more. A great wa...  more »
  • was a great variety of animals cultrual and art. liked the giant squid over 3 floors really liked the hands on area even had a bee hive inside with access for the bees outside  more »
  • Museum Australia Selatan ini wajib dikunjungi, masuknya gratis. Koleksinya cukup beragam dari benda-benda Aborigin sampai Mesir kuno. Terdapat koleksi satwa yang sudah diawetkan dari berbagai benua. T...  more »
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  • SAM is still a great place for children to come and learn. The Lion twitching his tail is a fun way to draw children's curiosity about mammals. The cafe sold delicious food at fair prices. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
  • We really love the Discovery Centre on level 1! They can identify all kinds of rocks, animals and plants at a glance. Brilliant service. We go there reasonably regularly with the kids so we have invested in a membership - so nice to get a 10% discount on all the yummy cafe food (dinosaur nuggets!) including my son's birthday party and the shop as well. Also have free entry to all their special exhibitions.
  • A "must" for any visitor to Adelaide. We visit the museum often with our grandchildren and every time we all had a great time and learnt something new. I think you could spend a week in there without getting to see everything. It is also a great educational asset for every visitor. It is great to see that some of the best hings in Adelaide remain free.
  • For: Great for indigenous studies. Most displays are free. Bottom floor has some non-indigenous stuff. Against: 2 out 3 floors on the history of one stone-age culture leaves little for kids to see. That's not intended to be racist but how many boomerangs can kids see before they get bored? Cafe closes 4pm Sat. Discovery Centre closes 3pm Sat.
  • Lots of things for kids of different ages to see here whilst learning at the same time. My toddlers enjoyed the discovery centre and the world mammals. Entry is free, just can be tricky finding a car park sometimes.

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