Young explorers - Fossils

10.15am and 11.15am
14-24 July 2016
Suits ages 3-5
Free, but bookings essential 
(links are on time options above)

Let's go back a long, long, long time ago and search for buried treasure.... fossils!

Formerly known as Tell Me a Story, Young explorers is a program designed so that children and their families  can enjoy an interactive experience that immerses them in the stories, objects and spaces of the South Australian Museum.

Experienced facilitators use play experiences to engage the senses, incorporating story, song, movement, rhyme, observation, exploration, communication and tactile sensations in each session.

 Young explorers is presented with the generous support of the Thyne Reid Foundation.


SeaStar Rock

Sea star rock band

Wednesday 13 July
10.00am and 11.15am (35 min duration each)
Armoury Building, located at the back of the museum  
Suited ages:  3 to 9 years
Cost $5 per child or $4.00 per child with Museum Members discount
Bookings essential

It’s a giant party when the SeaStar Rock team hit the stage! Kids will sing, dance and play games with the SeaStar Rockers as they help navigate sustainability of our oceans. This performance, delivered by LER Productions, brings to life the characters of the SeaStar Rock album. Kids will cha cha with Chino Crabclaw, tap dance with Terrance Turtle, and ride the waves with Surfing Snapping Starfish as he saves the seas from plastic bag monsters. Join us as we bop with Big Blue Bopping Whale at the underwater fish cafe and do the shark grin shake with Harriet Hammer Shark.


Origami whales

Origami whale

11 – 15 July
10am – 2pm
Museum main foyer
Drop-in session
Recommended for ages 5-12

Using traditional Japanese origami techniques, paper can be folded to make just about anything. Join our origami drop-in session to make your own whale or dolphin.


Underwater soundscapes

dolphin skeleton

Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 July
11:00 - 11:30am12:00 - 12:30pm1:00 -1:30pm
Level three, Mega Fauna Gallery
Free Event
Bookings essential (click on preferred time above)
Suited for kids of all ages

What is a soundwave? What does a sound wave look and feel like? Drop in to our workshop sessions to find out and learn how whales and dolphins use sound to communicate.  There’ll be a selection of different instruments to make and take home, as well as the chance to explore a range of unexpected sound effects.


Torchlight tours

torchlight tour

Wednesday 13 July  
6:00–6:45pm, 7:00–7:45pm and 8:00–8:45pm
Cost $15 per person, $13 per person (Museum Members discount)bookings essential
Limited spaces, booking required
Suited ages: 5+ years

These torchlight tours provide a unique opportunity to see the Museum in a very different light, and to answer the age old question of whether things really do come to life when the doors are locked and the lights are turned down. 

Please note: no torches required.


Wonder world of whales and dolphins, discovery trail

Whale trail

11 – 15 July
10am – 5pm
Throughout the Museum’s galleries

Collect your FREE self-guided trail and journey through the Museum to discover some interesting fact about whales and dolphins. The trail will take you through the Museum galleries and give you the chance to discover some of the treasures of your Museum. Once your trail is complete, present the trail to the South Australian Whale Centre at Victor Harbor and receive free entry for one child into the centre.


Art in the Sub-Antarctic

Annalise Rees

Thursday, 14 July at 6-7:30pm 
South Australian Museum
Price: $15 per person (FREE for Museum Members). Bookings essential.

What draws a visual artist and a choreographer to the islands of the sub-Antarctic? And how do art and science combine in one of the most isolated regions on the planet?

Join us as we hear from Annalise Rees and James Batchelor about their experiences on board the CSIRO research vessel Investigator.

Guests are invited to join us from 6pm for a glass of wine and a chance to view the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize before heading to the Museum's Pacific Cultures Gallery for an inspiring discussion about the intersections between art and science, facilitated by Dr Kristin Alford.

Tickets include a glass of wine on arrival and admission to the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.


 Sprigg lecture series - Lessons from Neandertals: how your bacteria contribute to your health, your thoughts, and your past

Laura Weyrich

Dr Laura Weyrich - ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Genetics and Evolution
unit at the University of Adelaide
Tuesday, 16 August at 6-7pm
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free, but bookings essential 

Dr Laura Weyrich from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA will uncover what it means to be human, given that the body actually contains more bacterial cells than human ones. 

Using a mixture of ancient DNA and modern medicine, she will describe how information from ancient bacteria impacts on medical research today, and discuss how many of our daily activities are actually performed and governed by the trillions of microorganisms that live within us.