Media Releases Archives

May 2014

  • 26 May 2014

    Whale Season Launch 2014

    Tomorrow, (Tuesday 27 May), the South Australian Museum welcomes visitors to the launch of the 2014 whale season.

    The Museum will be buzzing as the South Australian Whale Centre stages a range of free activities for children to celebrate the season launch.

    At 10.30am and 2pm, the Professor Blubber Grossology Show will entertain reception to Year 7 students with a stage show involving music, humour and interactive participation.

    At 11.15am, 12pm and 1pm, the Whale Grubs Up sessions will teach Years 3 to 7 students about the feeding techniques of baleen whales.

    The South Australian Whale Centre launches the season at the Museum tomorrow while the annual Whaletime Playtime Festival will be held in Victor Harbor on Sunday 1 June.

  • 23 May 2014

    Science Article Solves Big Bird Mystery

    South Australian Museum Senior Researcher Dr Mike Lee, and Research Associate Trevor Worthy, are part of a team of researchers who have rewritten the evolutionary history of giant flightless birds called ratites, and solved the mystery of how they migrated across the globe after the mass extinction of dinosaurs.

    Until now, the closest relatives of the New Zealand Kiwi were thought to be the Australian emu and cassowary. However, a paper published today in the prestigious journal Science reveals that the New Zealand Kiwi's closest cousin is a giant extinct bird from much further away: Madagascar! The team was led by Mr Kieran Mitchell and Professor Alan Cooper from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide.

  • 20 May 2014

    South Australian Museum Website Wins National Multimedia Award

    The South Australian Museum’s digital presence continues to attract national recognition, winning a Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Award.

    The Museum’s website, designed and developed in conjunction with Clemenger BBDO Adelaide (formerly LiTHe), was rated against sites from other museums across Australia. It was the joint winner of the Institution Website category, along with the Western Australia Museum.

    South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman says, “In the digital age it is crucial that a museum has a truly effective website. I am delighted that museum professionals recognise that the South Australian Museum has the best website in the sector.”

  • 01 May 2014

    Museum App Takes Audiences Into the Wild

    new mobile and tablet application launched today by the South Australian Museum offers audiences a digital gateway to the beautiful, beastly and bizarre animals within our State.

    The new app, which is today available free of charge for both Apple and Android devices, has been developed in conjunction with museums across Australia, and can be used in urban, bush and coastal environments.