Ways to support the Museum

Nathan the Lion in the World Mammals Gallery.

The South Australian Museum is committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun. It is a place where families can learn and grow together. 

Donations help us share our collections, undertake research and tell important stories through our exhibitions and galleries. Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and 100% of your donation will be used towards your specified cause. 

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Help care for our free zoo

A donation of $60 will help us to care for one animal in the World Mammals Gallery for a year.
The World Mammals Gallery – our free zoo – is a much-loved and busy spot in the Museum. Generations of families have visited the Museum over the years to see their favourite animal friends. Donations to this gallery will assist with the interpretation and care of these beloved creatures such as ‘Miss Siam’ the Elephant and ‘Nathan’ the Lion with the wiggly tail. (Yes, it does wiggle!)


Help feed our hungry animals

A donation of $100 will keep one of our friends well-fed for a year.
Reptiles including snakes, tortoises and lizards are an important and exciting part of the Discovery Centre experience. Children can see these amazing animals, while also learning about South Australian biodiversity.


Help our scientists explore

A donation of $1,500 will pay for the essentials required for a week-long research trip within South Australia.
Our Scientists and Collection Managers conduct regular expeditions nationally and internationally to research, investigate and fact-find. South Australia is home to some amazing outdoor laboratories, like the Flinders Ranges, and working in these locations every year is an important part of studying and protecting them.


Help inspire our youngest visitors

A donation of $20 will provide the means for a young child to attend and a donation of $200 would fund a whole session for 11 children.
The Young Explorers initiative is a hugely popular, free program designed especially for 3 to 5-year-olds. Children’s natural curiosity about nature and culture builds their understanding through play. Please add your support to the Museum’s Young Explorers initiative, and enable us to offer the program to even more young Museum visitors.


Help reach out across the state

A donation of $15 covers one child’s involvement, and a donation of $4,500 will provide 300 children access to the Collections.
Please consider supporting the indispensable work of our outreach teams as they take Museum objects and expertise into remote areas in South Australia, connecting with communities and schools. Our annual visit to the very remote APY Lands allows the Museum educators to reach 1500 children.


Support scientific excellence

A donation of $500 will enable scientists to continue acquiring the cutting edge technology and equipment required to create new knowledge.
The South Australian Museum is the most successful research museum in Australia. Work undertaken by our staff is of benefit to all those who seek knowledge about our planet and environment.

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If you would like to make a donation by post, please download, complete and return the Foundation Brochure.