Curious Beasts programs

DNA dissects curious beasts

 Steve Donnellan

Professor Steve Donnellan - Head of Research and Collections, South Australian Museum
Tuesday, 1 November at 6-7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free, but bookings essential

*** we regret to advise that due to unforseen circumstances Dr Kris Helgen is unable to present his lecture 'A world of curious beasts – new mammal discoveries in the far flung corners of the planet'. The Museum's Professor Steve Donnellan will deliver a lecture in his stead ***

You might think that we have discovered all of the planet’s curious beasts, but DNA technology is unravelling another layer of curiosity. Not only are there more curious beasts than we anticipated but the curious just get more curious as we investigate their lives.

The Museum's newly appointed Head of Research and Collections, Professor Steve Donnellan, will outline the South Australian Museum's pioneering role in using DNA technology to discover and explain our biodiversity. Join Steve for an armchair tour through our catalogue of recent exciting discoveries about our curious beasts.

Admission to the Curious Beasts exhibition can be purchased on the night (admission is free for Museum Members) and the exhibition will be open from 5:30pm until 8pm.


Night Lab - Curious Beasts

Night Lab Curious Beasts

Friday 11 November 2016
South Australian Museum
Tickets: $25 Museum Members / $35 general

Venture to the South Australian Museum after dark for an evening of science, art, culture and some very curious creatures...

Night Lab is back in November as we celebrate our exhibition Curious Beasts: Animal prints from Dürer to Goya. We're planning an evening of beastly adventures which will lead guests through the exhibition and into a world of printmaking, bizarre animals and fascinating tales from behind the scenes of this British Museum exhibition.

Check out printmaking demonstrations and hands-on activities with local artists. Visit the Curious Beasts exhibition. Hear from art historians and South Australian Museum scientists about the strange creatures which have inspired artists for centuries. Observe a rare taxidermy demonstration by the Museum's Jo Bain. Plus DJs playing curious beats, food, drink and conversation.

This event is for ages 18+

Night Lab is proudly sponsored by Beach Energy


Young explorers - All creatures great and small

young explorers

10.15am and 11.15am 
7-18 November 2016
Free, but bookings essential (book via time links above)

Come and visit the Curious Beasts exhibition to find out how artists have helped us all to learn more about the curious creatures in the world around us.

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.

Please note: This program has been specially designed for children aged 3 to 5 years – if you are bringing an accompanying sibling less than 3 years of age, please care for your younger child to allow the older sibling to fully enjoy the program.


Sasha Grishin talk: Antipodean creatures in the European Imagination

Sasha Grishin

Wednesday 23 November, 6pm - 7:15pm (the Curious Beasts exhibition will be open for guests between 5:30pm – 8pm)
Pacific Cultures Gallery
$10 Museum Members / $25 per person, includes entry to Curious Beasts and a glass of wine on arrival

 Sasha Grishin is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University and works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator.  He has published more than twenty books and over two thousand articles and catalogue essays dealing with various aspects of art. In this talk, he will explore the nature of Australian creatures in the minds and artwork of Europeans, and reflect on prints from the Curious Beasts exhibition.

The Curious Beasts exhibition will be open for guests between 5:30pm and 8pm.