Program bookings

Square Circles Beneath the Sand: William Barton and the Australian String Quartet

Will B ASQ adult

When: 6.30pm Thursday July 6
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery, SA Museum
Duration: 60 minutes without an interval
Tickets: adults $60 (Museum Members $54); concession $45 (Museum Members $40); child $30 (Museum Members $27) and groups of 10+ $45 per person

Following two acclaimed performance premieres at this year's Adelaide Festival for Chamber Landscapes and last year's Port Fairy Festival, Barton joins the Australian String Quartet to present his original work "Square Circles Beneath the Sand" for didjeridu and quartet. Especially commissioned for this line-up by UKARIA and the Klein Family Foundation, this spine-tingling piece showcases Barton's honed mastery of the didjeridu and its unique sound.

The program of music for didjeridu and strings features solo, quartet and quintet works by Australian composers William Barton, Sarah Hopkins, Carl Vine and the late Peter Sculthorpe.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email

The South Australian Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Yidaki Leadership Council.


Didjeridu Journey: Family concert with William Barton and the Australian String Quartet

 will b family asq

When: 10.30am Saturday July 8
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery, SA Museum
Duration: 45 minutes
Tickets: adults $25 (Museum Members $22); concession $18 (Museum Members $16); child $12 (Museum Members $10) and family pass inc. two adults and three children $75 (Museum Members $67)

Travel to the South Australian Museum to hear the song of one of the world’s oldest instruments: the didjeridu.

Join world-famous didjeridu player William Barton and the Australian String Quartet for a special family concert exploring the incredible sounds and stories of the didjeridu and hear how this ancient instrument combines with the sounds of the violin, viola and cello. Hear stories about William’s deep connection to his culture and its music and if you listen closely, you might recognise the sounds of birds and other Australian animals!

This performance is presented as part of the South Australian Museum's season of Yidaki programs.

Recommended for ages 5+.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email

The South Australian Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Yidaki Leadership Council.



Inspired by NAIDOC Week 2017’s theme 'Our Languages Matter', this July the South Australian Museum is celebrating and exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and culture.

Please book into activities below. To download the full program click here


Language workshops: Kaurna with Taylor Power

When: Monday 10 July - Friday 14 July, 12pm and 2pm
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery
Bookings essential

Ngangkirna, miyurna! Naa marni? Learn the basics of the Kaurna language with teacher Taylor Power.


Ancient Australia: a talk with Giles Hamm and Cliff Coulthard

Giles and Cliff

When: 1pm Thursday 13th July
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery
Ages: 10+
Bookings essential

Researchers Giles Hamm and Adnyamathanha elder Cliff Coulthard recently discovered evidence that Aboriginal people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for over 45,000 years! Join us for an engaging talk about megafauna, Aboriginal culture, and being in the right
place at the right time.


Kids’ tours: language, playing and learning in our collections

AACG looking

When: Tuesday and Friday, 11am and 1pm
Where: Meet in the Main foyer
Ages: 5-12
Bookings essential

The South Australian Museum has the most extensive collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Join the Museum's Humanities team to find out more about our Aboriginal Cultures Gallery and about cultures from Warlpiri in the NT to Kaurna in SA.


Young Explorers July: In the dark, dark night

A young woman holds a small child in front of a display case

Location: meet in the Main foyer.

Times: 10:15am and 11:15am

 Bookings essential; please book here

Young Explorers is our fun and educational program for children aged 3 to 5 years. In July, we explore what goes bump in the night.


Please read below for important information about Young Explorers!

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.

You do not need to print your ticket. Our educators will check your name off at the beginning of the session.

Young Explorers is made for small family groups rather than childcare groups. If you are planning on coming to the Museum with a childcare group, please call 8207 7575 or email to discuss your visit.


Dr. Liz Reed - Naracoorte’s fossil caves: extraordinary windows into Australia’s recent past

Liz Reed

When: 6pm – 7pm, Tuesday 15 August (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
Free, but bookings essential 

A visit to the Naracoorte Caves in 1995 during an undergraduate field camp ignited a spark, and Dr. Liz Reed has been involved with the caves ever since. In this lecture she will explore the study of cave deposits with regards to palaeontology, heritage, conservation and history.

Dr. Reed is a Research Fellow in palaeontology with the Environment Institute and Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide. She is also an Honorary in the palaeontology department at the South Australian Museum. In 1997 she graduated with an Honours degree in vertebrate palaeontology from Flinders University, and later a PhD in 2004. Her thesis research involved taphonomic studies of large mammal fossils from Pleistocene deposits within the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National Park.

Her current research involves the study of cave deposits in the South East region of South Australia, Nullarbor and Tasmania. She is particularly interested in reconstructing past environments and biodiversity from cave deposits, and also the processes that lead to fossil accumulation. Dr. Reed is also a keen historian of the Naracoorte Caves. Her interest in caves extends to conservation, heritage management, interpretation, education and ecotourism.

Suitable for ages 16+

There is no need to print off a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.

As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.