09 November 2018
The South Australian Museum has tonight won the ‘cultural tourism’ award for the second year running at the South Australian Tourism Awards.
For more than 160 years the Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun, housing collections of national and international significance. This year is no different, the Museum has gone from strength to strength celebrating another record breaking year, welcoming 824,067 visitors through the doors.
“I’m thrilled the Museum has been awarded the best in cultural tourism. This accolade is testament to our dedicated staff, our world class collections and research, our engaging programs and our groundbreaking exhibitions,” Mr Brian Oldman, Director of the South Australian Museum said.
“Our aim is to create a visitor experience that offers something for people of all ages and backgrounds, and to ensure a welcoming environment that encourages curiosity for science, the world around us and return visits,” Mr Oldman said.
And it’s not just in Adelaide that you can experience the South Australian Museum.
“Currently our world-class institution has many exhibitions on tour including Manggan: Gather, Gathers, Gathering which after great success in Hervey Bay Queensland will open in Caloundra on 12 December,” Mr Oldman said.
“We also have our much loved Australian Geographic Nature Photographer exhibition which we produce each year on display in Sydney at the Australian Museum, and following the international success of our exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia at Echigo Tsumari in Japan it will begin its Australian tour in 2019,” he said.
Further to this success, 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
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.
“We’re continually going from strength to strength. It’s a very exciting road ahead,” he said.