Program bookings

Young Explorers August: What is Science?

Image of child looking through magnifying glass at mammals

Location: meet in the Main foyer.

Times: 10:15am and 11:15am

Dates: August 14-18, 21-25

 Bookings essential; please book here

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!


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

***This Sprigg lecture is booked out. Please email to go on a waiting list.*** 


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.


Science Centre open day tours

Open Day 2017

These tours have now sold out. In addition to the tours which were available for pre-booking, places will also be available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Please enquire about availability at the front desk on Saturday 19 August. We will also have a waiting list on the day, in case of cancellations.

When: Saturday August 19th

Where: South Australian Museum Science Centre - follow the signs from the main Museum building

Times: 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm (additional tours available on the day)

Duration: 45 minutes

Please note: these tours are developed for adult audiences and are not suitable for children under 12.

Come behind the scenes at the South Australian Museum. Meet our scientists, explore the Science Centre and get a rare look at our collections!

The South Australian Museum’s Science Centre is a hub of scientific research which is rarely on view to the public. As part of National Science Week 2017, this is your chance to meet the Museum's scientists and go behind the scenes at the Museum.

Tours led by Museum scientists will take place throughout the day and bookings are strongly encouraged. Attendees will see the Museum’s collections and research facilities up close, including the Australian Polar, Biological Sciences, Mineral Sciences, Palaeontology and Information Resources collections.

Supported by a Big Science Adelaide Grant

Please note: in addition to the tours which are available for pre-booking, places will also be available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Have any questions, or need help booking? Call 8207 7575 or email