Program bookings

Young Explorers 

 Young explorers March

When:  March 13-17 and 20-24, 10:15am and 11:15am

Location: meet in the Main foyer.

Bookings: This program is free but bookings essential

Let’s explore animals, inside and out! Come learn about skeletons and skins at the Museum.

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.

Sprigg lecture with Aaron Corn

 Aaron Corn

The Didjeridu: an Australian icon
When: Tuesday 28 March, 6pm (complimentary drinks will be served from 5:30pm)
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery
Tickets: This is a free event however bookings are essential. Admission to the Yidaki exhibition can be purchased on the night (admission is free for Museum Members) and the exhibition will be open from 5:30pm until 8pm.

Steeped in Australia’s rich heritage of Indigenous musical performance and innovation, the didjeridu has become a uniquely Australian icon, loved by enthusiasts and audiences around the world. Join Professor Aaron Corn in this techno-cultural exploration of the didjeridu from its roots in Aboriginal song traditions to the global stage.

Professor Aaron Corn is Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) and National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies (NCALMS) at the University of Adelaide. He is an ethnomusicologist with more than two decades of experience working with Australian Indigenous communities on cultural survival initiatives, and has held multiple Australian Research Council grants and fellowships. He is the author of many publications on Indigenous music, heritage and knowledges, and has produced numerous tours and concerts for Indigenous performers at major venues and festivals.


The Sound of Australia: William Barton with the ASO

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When: Thursday 6 April, 7pm
Where: Adelaide Town Hall 
Bookings essential, members receive discount

William Barton - yidaki/didjeridu 
Luke Dollman - Conductor 
Stevie and Jamie Goldsmith - Kaurna welcome 
Luku Trembath - Digital projections

Ross Edwards - Tyalgum mantras 
Peter Sculthorpe - Kakadu 
Sean O'Boyle - Concerto for Didjeridu & Orchestra 
William Barton/Matthew Hindson: Kalkadungu: iv. ‘Warrior Spirit II’ (selection) and v. ‘Spirit of Kalkadunga’

The South Australian Museum and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, with generous support from the City of Adelaide, present

Yidaki (didjeridu) virtuoso William Barton returns to Adelaide for one night only, in celebration of the South Australian Museum’s exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia. The yidaki is the iconic sound of Australia. From the stringy bark scrub of its birthplace in Arnhem Land, to the concert halls of Europe, the sound of the yidaki speaks of the landscapes and culture of Australia and its First People.

 William Barton is internationally renowned for his unique fusion of traditional yidaki performance with classical forms, which has opened pathways for the understanding of his traditional culture across the world. His performance with the ASO will feature music which evokes the Australian landscape and highlights the rich musical culture of Aboriginal Australia.

This unique collaboration between the South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will bring the sounds of the Museum’s Yidaki exhibition to life, at the City of Adelaide’s Town Hall. Ticket holders will also enjoy a stunning display in the Town Hall’s Mankurri-api Kuu (reconciliation room), a warm welcome onto Kaurna Country and a series of specially commissioned digital projections, bringing the song of the yidaki to life. The South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, with generous support from the City of Adelaide, are proud to celebrate Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music and this concert will support one of UNESCO’s main themes: protecting our heritage and fostering creativity.

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Lunchtime talk with Alice Beale and Tom Pyrzakowski

Lunchtime talks

When: Thursday 6 April at 1pm
Where: meet in the Museum foyer
Bookings: not required for this event, however guests will need to purchase an exhibition ticket if they wish to view the exhibition.

How do you bring musical instruments back to life? This is the question that confronted Alice Beale, Senior Collection Manager – Anthropology, and Tom Pyrzakowski, Design Officer, when they were asked to investigate whether or not yidaki, collected over 100 years ago in Arnhem Land, could be taken from the Museum’s collections and played again.

Join Alice and Tom as they share the fascinating story of how the Museum’s instruments found their voices again.


April school holiday program: Arnhem Land adventure

April school holidays

When:  Monday 24 April – Friday 28 April (note limited programs on ANZAC Day public holiday, 25 April)

Where: throughout the Museum

During the April school holidays, kids are invited to explore Arnhem Land at the Museum! Get ready to journey to the Top End of Australia and discover to the music of the yidaki (didjeridu).

Recommended for ages 5-12

The full April program will be available online on 24 March.

The South Australian Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Minister for Education and Child Development towards the 2016/17 School Holiday program. 

Makers at the museum: in the trees – exhibition tour and jewellery workshop

Alice Potter


When: Wednesday 26 April, 6pm – 9pm

Where: meet in the Museum foyer

Our new, immersive exhibition is all about Yolngu culture and yidaki (didjeridu). Explore the stringybark forest with Professor of Anthropology John Carty and learn about the role families (and termites!) play in the creation of the yidaki. After some wine and nibbles, Adelaide artist Alice Potter will lead us in a jewellery workshop inspired by all things timber and trees.

Professor John Carty is the Head of Anthropology at the South Australian Museum, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal artists and custodians throughout Australia on books, exhibitions and community development programs. His core research has involved working with Aboriginal artists to bridge the divide between anthropology and art history. In recent years, John’s work – through research with the British Museum – has grown to focus on the cultural and cross-cultural history encompassed in objects in museum collections.

South Australian contemporary jeweller Alice Potter has worked with Gray Street Workshop, University of South Australia and Flinders Art Museum and Carclew Youth Arts. Alice currently works on her jewellery and object practice from her home studio, working also as Production Manager in the Metal Design Studio at JamFactory design + craftsmanship Inc. Her pieces are joyful and unique, often using found materials alongside precious metals.

Tickets:  Museum Members $40/$45 per person includes a glass of wine on arrival and nibbles

Recommended for ages 15+

Makers at the Museum is proudly sponsored by Small Change Wines

Image: Alice Potter