South Australian Museum, Adelaide

(4.4/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a wonderful museum, one of the best natural history museums I have seen. There are so many interesting displays covering a wide range of topics, it will take more than half a day to go through...  more »
  • We stumbled upon some per case, admission is free, and surprised us the wealth of content. There is exposure to lots of wildlife (reproductions that will very happy kids and not only!) that inhabits this immense continent, a rich collection of Aboriginal art and their hunting tools ... where and how they live, ... boomerangs. We were very impressed with the collection on primitive cultures of all Pacific Islands and Borneo, a wealth of memorabilia and forms never seen before! We would recommend a visit to everyone!
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  • Really enjoyed this museum full of wonderful stories,memories, nostalgia the list is endless take a trip and reminisce 
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  • Free guided tour!! Ediacaran fossils, unique example in the world of life forms dating about 635 to 542 million years ago. The Addyman Plesiosaur from Andamooka, "the finest known opalised skeleton on Earth" .. and lot more :)
  • Great museum, as long as you know where to go! If in a rush, some people miss most of the museum, which is accessible mainly by small staircases scattered all over the corners of the building, extensive exhibits on indigenous australians, animals, deep sea life, rocks and minerals, and many more!
  • My most recent visit to the museum was to view the ANZANG Nature Photographer Of The Year exhibition. During each of my visits, the security staff have always happily assisted me with directions or using the wheelchair accessible entrance to the exhibition space.
  • Good variety of exhibits, everyone could learn something here. Exhibits don't change very often, but kids often find it nice to visit old favorites. Good collection of taxidermy animals and Aboriginal artifacts.
  • Wonderful free entertainment. While the some of the displays have not been changed in decades they do have exhibitions on occasionally and the do revamp sections over time. Not overly modern but has displays on native and indigenous tribes, arctic, minerals, see life, animals, birds, geology and fossles and more. 3 points of interest are the 2-3 story high squid, a cloud chamber which I find fascinating and a see through be hive where the bees actually go in and out of the building.