Shields: power and protection in Aboriginal Australia


24 March 2016–22 May 2016

10am-5pm daily
South Australian Museum


Members free*
$14 adults
$10 concession
Children (16 and under) free - must be accompanied by a paying adult

Shields: Power and protection in Aboriginal Australia is a fascinating exploration of the role of shields in Aboriginal culture and history. Offering vital protection in individual and group conflict, carved and painted shields also carry an extraordinary range of symbolism, affirming an individual’s ancestral links with their Dreaming and linking past to present.


Tours of the Shields exhibition

Special tours of the Shields exhibition will be held on the following  dates in May:


Additional tours may be added, and dates are subject to revision due to demand and guide availability  – please check this page for updates.

Tours are free, but exhibition entry fees apply (note, entry is free for Museum Members). Please purchase your ticket prior to joining the tour. Bookings are not required, but places are limited so be early to secure your place.

* As a Museum Member receive FREE unlimited entry to all exhibitions througout the year.  Join today.

Image: Jack Buckskin, Kaurna and Narrunga man, with his own shield.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Shields Leadership Council.