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Sustainability Saturday

Sustainability Saturday

Saturday 21 July
For the full program, please click here.

Join us on the front lawns of the Museum for activities all about sustainability and the carbon cycle! There are four activities available:

The nature playground
Drop-in, no bookings required

The Climbing Tree will be setting up a nature playground to get kids interested in rainy, outdoor play. Make noise with musical instruments made from reclaimed objects, build a shelter from branches and leaves, or learn new games to play with twigs and rocks!


Our carbon footprint
Drop-in, no bookings required
Sessions held every hour

How big would your dream house be? How much TV would you watch every day if you could? Museum educators will lead kids in a fun activity to teach them about their carbon footprint. Learn about the carbon-intensive activities in your life and compare different choices.


A little greenhouse
Drop-in, no bookings required
Sessions held every hour

Kids will create their own greenhouses in jars with the help of Museum educators. We’ll learn about the carbon cycle and how greenhouse gases work.


Starting a garden
Drop-in, no bookings required

We’ll reuse household objects such as cups and cardboard rolls to plant seedlings. The kids can take them home and start their own gardens.

Supported by Carbon Neutral Adelaide.


Artist talk with Erica Seccombe

Erica Seccombe

Image: Metamorphosis by Erica Seccombe


Location: South Australian Museum, Pacific Cultures Gallery

Date: Saturday 28 July
Time: 2pm

Bookings: this is a free event but bookings are recommended.

Join Canberra-based artist Erica Seccombe, winner of the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, for a talk exploring her unique visual arts practice. As we head into the final days of the Waterhouse, Erica will share insights and images from her career, as well as exploring the scientific inspiration behind her winning work Metamorphosis.

Erica’s practice spans from traditional and photographic print media and, since 2006, she has been an artist and resident teacher at the Australian National University’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Vizlab, National Computational Infrastructure.


Ivarityi trail (ongoing activity created for NAIDOC week)

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.

July school holiday program: Art + Science

 For our full school holiday program, please click here.

Jo Bain by Sia Duff
Image: Jo Bain, by Sia Duff

Book here
July 16-20 / 11am daily
Duration: 45 minutes / Bookings essential
Recommended ages: 7-14

The Museum’s taxidermist and model maker, Jo Bain, will give children an insight into his work, followed by a workshop where children will make their own model.


July 16-20 / 11am-5pm daily
Drop-in, no bookings required

Recommended ages: 5-12

South Australian artist James Dodd combines art and science to make painting machines! Come play with fun machines that adapt technology to new, creative uses, and make your own artwork.


10am-4pm, July 16-20
Drop-in, no bookings required
Recommended ages: 5-12

What do you look forward to in each season? Are you counting down the days until Spring, or do you love staying indoors during the rainy season? Drop in and make your own seasonal calendar from recycled materials.


The Australian Dance Theatre presents: The Cubic Museum

Image courtesy of Sofia Calado

Location: Pacific Cultures Gallery
Dates: 10/7, 11/7, 14/7, 17/7, 18/7 , 21/7
Times: 11:30am and 1:30pm daily

To celebrate the Adelaide Dance Festival, the Australian Dance Theatre will be teaming up with the Museum to bring you the Cubic Museum. Evoking the idea of the traditional museum display case, Adelaide-based choreographers will explore ideas and concepts from the Museum's collections and archives. To learn more, click here.

Pre-performance talk with Garry Stewart and Prof. John Carty
Tuesday 17 July, 1pm, Pacific Cultures Gallery

Prior to the 1:30pm performances as part of The Cubic Museum, visitors are invited to join Garry Stewart (Artistic Director, Australian Dance Theatre) and Prof. John Carty (Head of Humanities, South Australian Museum) to hear how the collaboration between the two organisations developed.


Micro-Macro: Drawing from nature with Erica Seccombe, winner of the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Micro Macro

Location: South Australian Museum main foyer
Date: Saturday 28 July
Times: 10am - 12pm (drop in)

Booking: this is a drop-in program and bookings are not required

In this workshop Erica will share her passion for observational drawing from nature. Humans have observed and drawn the natural world for many millennia. Animals, plants, landscapes and objects found in nature have been depicted in a myriad of forms, patterns, styles and media Micro-Macro is a drawing workshop that covers a range of drawing activities inspired by objects found in nature designed to encourage and inspire artists and non-artists alike to engage with the natural world and their local environment through art. Participants will be able to closely investigate specimens they gather themselves with microscopes and magnifying glasses, and to explore a range of drawing techniques to examine details through proportions and scale, including some techniques used by scientists, scientific illustrators and contemporary artists alike.

No technical knowledge required, all ages and levels of ability welcome. Materials provided.


Science Centre open day tours

Location: South Australian Museum Science Centre - follow the signs from the main Museum building
Date: Saturday 11 August
Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Duration: 50 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. This is your chance to meet the Museum's scientists and go behind the scenes at the Museum.

Attendees will see the Museum’s collections and research facilities up close, and talk to the scientists who use and care for the collections.

Click here to book for Ichthyology + Archives.

Click here to book for Marine Invertebrates + Entomology.

Click here to book for Herpetology + Mammalogy.


Young Explorers July: Colours and patterns

Insects and young children

Location: meet in the Main foyer.
Dates: 23 July to 27 July
Times: 10:15am and 11:15am
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Please note: this event is booked out. If you would like to join the waitlist, please click 'Select a date,' choose your preferred session, click 'Register', then 'Join waitlist'. Once you put your details in, click 'Add to waitlist.'

Young Explorers, our program for 3-to-5-year-olds, is going on a colourful adventure! Let’s explore colours and patterns in the natural world.

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.

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.


Sprigg lecture series: Professor Bronwyn Gillanders - Giant Australian cuttlefish in South Australian waters

Prof. Gillanders

Tuesday 14th August, 6pm – 7pm
(the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
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Suitable for ages 12+

What do we really know about the Giant Australian Cuttlefish? A recent dramatic decline and then rapid recovery of numbers of cuttlefish aggregating near Whyalla has sparked off new investigations. Professor Bronwyn Gillanders will present some of the scientific detective work that she and her team have done to unravel some of the species’ enigmatic biology and how it contrasts with global cephalopod abundance trends.

Professor Gillanders is a Professor at the University of Adelaide, where she runs the Gillanders Aquatic Ecology Lab, and has previously held ARC Fellowships. She completed her BSc at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), her MSc in Marine Science at the University of Otago (NZ) and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Sydney (Australia). She uses calcified structures of aquatic organisms as innovative tools to understand past environments and biological processes, such as age, growth and movement patterns. Her broader interests include integrated management and understanding cumulative environmental impacts.

There is no need to print 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.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email