Program and activities

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Young Explorers August: What is Science?
North/South: art and science polar regions
Autism-friendly family morning
Short stories from Tall Poppies: A night of science
Sprigg lecture series: Prof. Bob Hill and Dr. Mika Peace 
After Dark: the Shadow Initiation



Young Explorers August: What is science?

 Girl looking through bioculars

Dates: 12-16, 19-23 August 2019
Times: 10:15am and 11:15am
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Young Explorers is our fun and educational program for children aged 3 to 5 years. This August, we explore what science is and why it's so important. Discover why we have museums and how museums choose what goes into the galleries!

 This program is made possible by Lead Sponsor Beach Energy.


North/South: art and science polar regions 

When: Sunday 18 August, 1pm 
Free, but bookings essential 

How do scientists and choreographers come to grips with the planets polar regions? And how can Museum collections inspire contemporary dance? Join us for an in-conversation session with South Australian Museum collection managers and researchers, as well as local and international choreographers, to hear how the extremes of Antarctica and the Arctic influence their practice.


Autism-friendly family morning: Nature Photographer of the Year

Children looking at Discovery Centre animals

When: Saturday August 24th 2019, 8am-10am
Location: South Australian Museum
Cost: Free
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Come along to the Museum before we open to the public. Children with autism and their families can enjoy a quieter, less crowded visit to the Museum, as well as participating in science and craft activities. Our special exhibition, Nature Photographer of the Year, will be open and free to visit!

 For program and booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email


Short stories from Tall Poppies: a Night of Science

Chalker handles sorbent

A celebration of current South Australian science and research

When: Wednesday 4th September, 6:15pm – 8:30 pm (entry from 5:30pm)
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery, SA Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: $10 Museum Members / $12:00 General admission
Canapes will be served; drinks are available for purchase.
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Hear from some of our best and brightest young scientists – all winners of Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Each Tall Poppy has three minutes to share their research story, and take us on a fascinating journey of discovery. Subjects include converting waste into new polymers that capture pollution, producing new materials to produce hydrogen from water using only energy from sunlight, wound healing and much more.

The night is not over yet however! After interval we invite some of our best science communicators to discuss the role and importance of science communication in contributing to a Pathway to Hope in this changing world!

A Night of Science is not to be missed!

Recommended for ages 12+.


Sprigg lecture series: Prof. Bob Hill and Dr. Mika Peace

Australia’s tempestuous relationship with wild fire – past, present and future

Bob Hill and Mika Peace

When: Tuesday 12th November 2019, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary wine tasting prior to the talk)

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Join Professor Bob Hill and Dr Mika Peace as they present two perspectives on Australia's relationship with wild fire - the evolution of fire-adapted vegetation, and how complex weather patterns drive fire behaviour in the Australian landscape.


Professor Bob Hill is the Director of the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. He has PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Adelaide and has held academic positions at James Cook University, the University of Tasmania and, since 1999, the University of Adelaide. Bob has had a lifetime interest in the evolution of the vegetation of Australia and Antarctica, and has made significant contributions in palaeobotany, plant systematics and ecophysiology.


Dr Mika Peace’s professional background is in operational meteorology having trained in applied mathematics. Her varied roles with the Bureau of Meteorology have taken her all around Australia. Highlights include a wet-season forecasting in Darwin and the Pilbara pre-season cyclone tour. In 2010 Mika received a scholarship to undertake a research degree in fire weather. Mika’s current role is in fire research in the Science and Innovation group, where she investigates the role of fire-atmosphere interactions, and how they influence fire behaviour.


After Dark: the Shadow Initiation

group of young adults at the museum

Friday 11 October from 5.30pm (last booking is 8.30pm)
Museum Members $55 per tablet, Non-Members $69 per tablet, 
for up to four people, for this special evening session
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to explore the Museum after dark? 

If you love escape rooms and scavenger hunts, this 18+ adventure event is for you. Race against the clock on a brand new adventure, seeing the Museum like never before. With a glass of wine in hand and up to three friends per tablet, you can attempt to solve over 40 puzzles, challenges and tasks to unlock the secrets of the Museum.

Make your mark at the top of the leader board while having fun finding hidden doors and solving secret codes.  Choose wisely, be strategic and attempt to earn as many points as you can.  

To enhance your After Dark experience, sample some of our tasty treats or grab a drink from our licensed gin and wine bar, either before or after the game.

Each ticket is for one tablet, for up to four people. Please allow 1.5 hours for your After Dark adventure (extra time if you would like to enjoy some food and drinks)