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A message from the Director

Please donate to the Annual Appeal to raise critical funds for a much-needed gallery redevelopment.

The Australian Polar Gallery, located on level three of the Museum, tells the story of courageous Polar explorers who led expeditions that significantly contributed to scientific discovery and shaped Australia’s permanent presence in Antarctica. 

The gallery now requires a substantial facelift to improve displays, introduce digital features and showcase the very best of the Museum’s Polar collections highlighting expeditions, oceanography, biodiversity and the myriad achievements of Sir Douglas Mawson’s life. It will also for the first time introduce Sir Hubert Wilkins and John Riddoch Rymill and their collections to the public.

We urgently need to raise $50,000 before 30 June to facilitate this gallery redevelopment.

This is an exciting chance to be part of the South Australian Museum’s history and help the Museum realise a vision of the future for all those who visit.

The new gallery will open at the end of 2017 enabling the Museum to tell the story of epic exploration to the next generation of adventurers.

Please help us raise funds for the Australian Polar Gallery – your support will make a tangible difference.

The incredible willpower and bravery of the polar explorers can inspire us all.

Your gift can inspire a generation.

Please make a donation today.

 Any donation over $2 is fully tax deductible.

Yours sincerely


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Brian Oldman
South Australian Museum