Program and activities

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July school holiday program: Finding frogs
After Dark: the Shadow Initiation
Open Day
Great moments in Antarctic science with Dr. Karl
Young Explorers August: What is Science?
Sprigg lecture: Assoc. Prof. Amy Roberts
Short stories from Tall Poppies: A night of science

July school holidays: Finding frogs

Happy frog on a branch

Please click here to download the full holiday program.

Hop to it: Bunnings craft activities
July 8-12, 10am-12pm daily
Main foyer

Drop-in during the first week of the school holidays and have fun making frog crafts with the Bunnings crew.


Citizen science spotlight
July 15-19, 1pm-2pm daily
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Drop-in (space is limited; please arrive early to avoid disappointment)

Ever wonder how you can be a scientist right now? Citizen science is the answer! Scientists will talk about their projects that involve engaging the public to watch out for wildlife. Each day will feature a different exciting project.

  • Monday – Steve Walker, FrogWatch
  • Tuesday – Aleisa Lamanna and Emma Stephens, BirdLife
  • Wednesday – Tahlia Perry and Frank Grutzner, EchidnaCSI
  • Thursday – Katie Irvine, Wild Orchid Watch
  • Friday – Sylvia Clarke and Terry Reardon, Mega Bats


Lilypads and stamp pads
July 15-19, 10am-3pm daily
Main foyer

Create your own artwork using our frog life cycle stamps. Suitable for tadpoles and metamorphs – or kids young and old.


Ribbit ribbit: how to use the FrogID app
July 15-19, 11am-12pm daily
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Drop-in (space is limited; please arrive early to avoid disappointment)

Not just ribbits - croaks, whistles, bleats and barks!Using the Australian Museum FrogID app, learn to recognise different frog calls. By using the FrogID app, you can be a citizen scientist and be a part of one of the largest studies of frog calls in Australia.

This workshop will run you through how to use the app and what calls to listen for. We recommend downloading the app beforehand from


After Dark: the Shadow Initiation

group of young adults at the museum

Friday 26 July from 5.30pm (last booking is 8.30pm)
Museum Members $55 per tablet, Non-Members $69 per tablet, 
for up to four people, for this special evening session
Book online

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to explore the Museum after dark?

If you love escape rooms and scavenger hunts, this 18+ adventure event is for you. Race against the clock on a brand new adventure, seeing the Museum like never before. With a glass of wine in hand and up to three friends per tablet, you can attempt to solve over 40 puzzles, challenges and tasks to unlock the secrets of the Museum.

Make your mark at the top of the leader board while having fun finding hidden doors and solving secret codes.  Choose wisely, be strategic and attempt to earn as many points as you can.  

To enhance your After Dark experience, sample some of our tasty treats or grab a drink from our licensed gin and wine bar, either before or after the game.

Each ticket is for one tablet, for up to four people. Please allow 1.5 hours for your After Dark adventure (extra time if you would like to enjoy some food and drinks)


Open Day

Open day tour group

When: Sat 10 Aug
Bookings essential

Come behind the scenes at the South Australian Museum! Meet our scientists, explore the Science Centre and get a rare look at our collections. See the Museum’s collections and research facilities up close, and talk to the scientists who use and care for the collections.

As well as the Science Centre tours, our Humanities team will be giving short talks throughout the day - details coming soon.

For general Science Centre tours, please click here.

For Palaeontology tours, please click here.

For the Auslan-interpreted Science Centre tour, please click here.


Great moments in Antarctic science with Dr. Karl

Dr Karl

When: Sat 10 Aug, 11am to noon
Where: South Australian Museum
Cost: Free, bookings essential
Audience: This special session is aimed at primary school age children and their families.
Book here for Dr. Karl

Dr Karl will amaze you with his adventures in Antarctica and how in a blizzard you can still see blue skies above you! You’ll also have the opportunity to ask those burning science questions – be they chemical, physical, technological, biological, astrophysical or astronomical.

How much does a cloud weigh? Can you dig a hole all the way through the Earth? How do planes fly? Get your questions ready - and Dr Karl will have the answers! 

This event is presented by National Science Week and the South Australian Museum.


Young Explorers August: What is science?

 Girl looking through bioculars

Dates: 12-16, 19-23 August 2019
Times: 10:15am and 11:15am
Book here

Young Explorers is our fun and educational program for children aged 3 to 5 years. This August, we explore what science is and why it's so important. Discover why we have museums and how museums choose what goes into the galleries!

 This program is made possible by Lead Sponsor Beach Energy.


Sprigg lecture series: Assoc. Prof.  Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts

When: Tuesday 13th August 2019, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary wine tasting prior to the talk)
Book here

Aboriginal Transitions in the Murray River Corridor: From the Pleistocene to the Present

Associate Professor Amy Roberts is an archaeologist and anthropologist who works collaboratively with Aboriginal communities in South Australia. In recent years she has worked on a broad ranging project with the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation and with their support her talk will canvass some of the results of their field work.

Amy is the lead investigator for the ARC Linkage project 'White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland's Colonial Frontier' and a CI on the ARC Discovery project 'Ochre Archaeomicrobiology'. Prior to her appointment as an academic at Flinders University she worked as an ‘expert’ for a number of native title cases – including for the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region which achieved a successful determination. She continues to work in a consulting capacity on native title, Aboriginal heritage and stolen generations matters.

Amy is currently the Editor for the peer reviewed Journal of the Anthropological Society of South AustraliaShe is also a committee member on the Australian National Committee for Archaeology Teaching and Learning, a member of the South Australian Museum Board Research Advisory Committee and a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for Australian Archaeology and Rock Art Research.


Short stories from Tall Poppies: a Night of Science

Chalker handles sorbent

A celebration of current South Australian science and research

When: Wednesday 4th September, 6:15pm – 8:30 pm (entry from 5:30pm)
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery, SA Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: $10 Museum Members / $12:00 General admission
Canapes will be served; drinks are available for purchase.
Book here for A Night of Science

Hear from some of our best and brightest young scientists – all winners of Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Each Tall Poppy has three minutes to share their research story, and take us on a fascinating journey of discovery. Subjects include converting waste into new polymers that capture pollution, producing new materials to produce hydrogen from water using only energy from sunlight, wound healing and much more.

The night is not over yet however! After interval we invite some of our best science communicators to discuss the role and importance of science communication in contributing to a Pathway to Hope in this changing world!

A Night of Science is not to be missed!

Recommended for ages 12+.