South Australian Museum, Adelaide

4.5
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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  • Adelaide is a very cultural city and the museum is a must visit It is very large compared to my local museum where I volunteer We were lucky enough to be there at the time that a tour was starting, wh...  more »
  • We had a very enjoyable couple of hours at the museum. The aboriginal and South Pacific exhibitions were particularly good. Free entry too.  more »
  • It is admission free, a must visit place for tourists who love history, natural collection..This museum has a variety of interesting exhibits, especially the 3story tall squid is so amazing.  more »
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  • Small but lovely natural history museum! Free entry (optional donation) leads you to several floors of natural history exhibits, including a huge exhibition on native futures, an outstanding array of mammals from all over the world, fossils and Amber sea floors, space exploration, giant squid and ancient Egypt! There are also free tours offered several times throughout the day!
  • Completely boring, just a bunch of aboriginal art which is as interesting as my toilet seat. Snob-central, looks the same since my mum was a child, the high rating is only for the pretty building...seriously don't waste a single second of your life here (cause people only walk in then walk out unless it's a school excursion, poor kids)...my local park has better artifacts.
  • This beautiful historic building houses South Australia’s very own museum, a family friendly environment which can easily provide hours of educational entertainment for people of all ages. The South Australian Museum also boasts many fantastic attractions such as a 3 story tall model squid and and animatronic lion.
  • Awesome place, well set out. But why set aside a section of modern aboriginal art?. I found nothing educational about this. What a waist of space and money, this stopped me donating at the exit.....
  • Excellent museum. Diverse exhibits and very well ladies out. Best part is is that it's free. Fantastic place to take the kiddos.

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