South Australian Museum increases national and international footprint

13 September 2018

Info graphic

Following a record breaking 2016/17 financial year, the South Australian Museum has once again proven itself a popular tourist destination with a new record of 824,067 visitors through the doors this financial year.

Brian Oldman, Director at the South Australian Museum said in addition to record numbers at our North Terrace site our outreach programs and touring exhibitions have resulted in us engaging with over 1 million people in the past twelve months.

“It’s not just here in Adelaide that you can experience the South Australian Museum. Currently our world-class institution has as many exhibitions on tour as any other natural history museum in Australia,” Mr Oldman said.

“In Hervey Bay, Queensland you can visit Manggan: Gather, Gathers Gathering, in Canberra the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, or head across the seas to Japan and to see Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia at the Echigo Tsumari Festival – and that’s only naming a few,” 

In February the Museum welcomed Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival a touring exhibition from Gondwana Studios. The exhibition brought more than 55,000 people through the doors, beating the previous paid exhibition record of 27,000 people for Opals back in 2015/16.

As well as Dinosaur rEvolution the Museum’s varied exhibition calendar also helped contribute to the overall success with major exhibitions such as The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Ngurra: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

Minor exhibitions including Milerum and Me: The Art of Jacob Stengl were also a hit with visitors receiving over 33,000 people through the doors.

The Museum’s award winning Out of the Glass Case program once again travelled throughout Australia and South Australia to the APY Lands, Peterborough, WOMAD, local SA schools and the World Environment Fair to share the curiosity and wonder of the natural world.  

The Parade of light: Borealis display a collaboration between the Museum and the Adelaide Fringe also attracted 500,000 to the front lawns.

“We’re thrilled with the continuous growth in engagement and feet through the door as we work towards our goal of being a visitor focused Museum,”

“By bringing new touring exhibitions, and also utilising our world-class collections to share knowledge with the state and beyond we are constantly reaching new audiences including those nationally and internationally. I’m excited for what the future has in store,” Mr Oldman said.

The South Australian Museum is grateful for its many supporters, donors and volunteers who make the Museum’s ongoing programs and exhibitions possible.