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25 September 2015–14 February 2016

10am-5pm daily
South Australian Museum


Adult $17
Concession $12
Child (<16) $5
Family $35
Members free

In a stunning new exhibition from the South Australian Museum, Opals brings to life Australia’s most precious gemstone. It is a story millions of years in the making, from the heart of South Australia, where extraordinary circumstances transformed an ancient inland sea into a mysterious and desolate lunar landscape. From this desert arose radiant treasures that today are some of the most recognised symbols of Australia.


Painting inside mine recreation

An artist puts the finishing touches on the mine at the studio, before being installed as part of the exhibition.

Opals is a story of discovery, human ingenuity and magnificent beauty, set against a backdrop of profoundly isolated geography. It features exceptional opalised fossils of ancient marine reptiles, breathtaking opals collected from around Australia, an underground mine recreation, stories of life in the opal fields and an immersive display that explores the science of opals.