Program and activities

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The Kimberley Foundation Australia 20th anniversary lecture

Sprigg lecture series: Dr. Emma Sherratt - The shape of life

October school holiday program

Ivarityi Trail (ongoing activity created for NAIDOC week)

Young Explorers September: Shields


Young Explorers September: Shields

 Young explorers September 2

When:  17 - 21 September, 10:15 and 11:15am

Young Explorers, our program for 3-to-5 year olds, is looking at shields! People, animals and insects all use shields, but what for? Come on a special adventure to find out. Book a session time now.


Sprigg lecture series: Dr. Emma Sherratt - The shape of life

Sprigg September

When: Tuesday 9 October 6 - 7pm
Tickets:  Free but bookings are essential

Animal life is remarkable in its diversity, particularly in the variety of shapes and sizes we see around us today, and in some ways even more remarkably in those life forms that have long gone extinct. How does this variation come about? And is it limited in its possibilities, or infinite? Dr Emma Sherratt will talk about the scientific study of animal form and whether evolution has explored all of the possibilities.

Dr Emma Sherratt is a Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, and she is originally from Great Britain. She is a world expert in the analysis of animal form and evolution. Her research spans animals big and small, from sea snakes to scallops, frogs to fossil lizards, and mammals to cuckoo eggs.


The KFA 20th anniversary lecture

KFA anniversary

When: Thursday 20 September, 6 - 7pm (lecture will be followed by complimentary wine and nibbles in the Museum's main foyer)

Join us on the Kimberley Foundation Australia's 20th Anniversary, with a public lecture on how Kimberley rock art has become the focus of major research by Australia's leading archaeologists and scientists. Incorporated in the lecture will be the story of the foundation's history. Who were the people involved? How did the KFA create a model for funding research driven both by Aboriginal traditional custodians and the general public? 

Bookings are essential.


October school holiday program: Minerals

The October school holiday program is now available.

Come play with all things rocks, gems and meteorites! This school holidays, discover marvellous minerals at the South Australian Museum.

Art rocks 2

Art rocks

Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 October

10am – 12pm
Main Foyer
Free drop-in activity

Drop in during the first week of the school holidays for arts and crafts! Make your own minerals-inspired artwork.

In partnership with Bunnings Warehouse.


Minerals 2


Minerals and fossils ID station

Monday 8, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October

10am - 12pm

Main foyer

Free drop-in activity

Rock up with fossils or minerals from home, and our resident mineralogist will see if your exciting finds can be identified.


Dig pits 2

Buried treasure: opal fossicking

Monday 8 - Friday 12 October

10am - 3pm

Free drop-in activity

Main foyer

Hunt through genuine Coober Pedy rubble for your very own chip of opal, potch, jasper or gypsum to take home with you.


Jewellery workshop 2

Jewellery workshop

Monday 8 – Friday 12 October

1-1:45pm daily

Megafauna gallery

Free but bookings required.

Make your own polymer clay jewellery, inspired by the shapes and colours of the Minerals and Meteorites Gallery!


Gemmology touch table

Thursday 11 - Friday 12 October

10am - 12pm

Main foyer

Free drop-in activity

Take a look at precious and semi-precious stones under the microscope with our gemmologist!


Ivarityi trail (ongoing activity created for NAIDOC week)

Ivarityi trail

Researchers Rebecca Richards (Adnyamathanha and Barngarla), Jacinta Koolmatrie (Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri) and Jade Turner (Arrernte) have created the Ivarityi Trail, which highlights the connections between Aboriginal women and the objects on display in the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery. These may be objects made by women, which tell stories of women or which are known to be used by women. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a map and take time to appreciate the stories and talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.


Who was Ivarityi?
The trail has been named after Kaurna woman Ivarityi. You can find her along the trail as her knowledge of Kaurna culture was recorded by anthropologists which believed at the time that she was the last Kaurna woman with knowledge. Ivarityi was born in Yartapulti (Port Adelaide) during the 1840s, a time which marks the beginning of the invasion of Kaurna land. She also lived in Raukkan and Point Pearce. In all of the places she lived, she would have witnessed disease and the mistreatment of her people. To Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, she is a great example of the resilience of Aboriginal women. Because of her, we can!

 The Ivarityi trail has been developed by Rebecca Richards, Jacinta Koolmatrie and Jade Turner, whose participation in this program is made possible by a grant from Australian Executor Trustees to the South Australian Museum’s Pathways Program.