Program and activities

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Young Explorers October: Earth, fire, water

Lunchtime talk: Minaaka Apinhanga - Through Many Eyes with Rebecca Richards

SpaceFest School holiday program

Sprigg lecture series: Prof. Bob Hill and Dr. Mika Peace 

After Dark: the Shadow Initiation

Dementia writing program


Lunchtime talk: Minaaka Apinhanga - Through Many Eyes with Rebecca Richards

Rebecca Richards

When: Friday 20th September, 1pm

Where: South Australian Museum (Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, ground floor)

Cost: Free

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This is the last weekend to see Minaaka Apinhanga: Through Many Eyes. Join Barngala and Adnyamathanha woman, Rhodes scholar and curator Rebecca Richards as she takes us through her exhibition.



SpaceFest School holiday program


September 30th-October 11th  - Please see the timetable below for more details.

Join us on a journey into space! Launch rockets with Techspace Learning, step into the giant inflatable Stardome to learn about constellations, and solve the problems of the future using your imagination and recycled materials.

Click here to book your space in the Stardome

Click here to view the school holiday timetable and full program

For booking enquiries, please email


Young Explorers October: Earth, fire, water

 Emma and children

Dates: 14-18, 21-25 October 2019


Times: 10:15am and 11:15am

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Just like us, our ancestors needed water, food and warmth to survive. Hunt and gather your way through time with Young Explorers, our fun and educational program for children aged 3 to 5 years.


 This program is made possible by Lead Sponsor Beach Energy.



Dementia Writing Program

Front of museum

When: 10am – 12:30pm, October 2nd, 16th and 30th (morning tea will be provided at each session)
Where: Meet in the South Australian Museum’s Main foyer
Cost: Free

The South Australian Museum is hosting a dementia-friendly pilot program, as part of its broader accessible programs, and is looking for participants.

We know that people living with dementia value inclusion, opportunities to participate and the chance to connect with others. The Museum’s Dementia Writing Program is centred on the Museum’s collections and will allow participants to explore a range of interesting objects and specimens, in a friendly, supportive environment. The program uses a range of short, writing tasks to connect participants with the Museum’s collections.

For more information and to make a booking for our Dementia Writing Program, please click here.


Sprigg lecture series: Prof. Bob Hill and Dr. Mika Peace

Australia’s tempestuous relationship with wild fire – past, present and future

Bob Hill and Mika Peace

When: Tuesday 12th November 2019, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary wine tasting prior to the talk)

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Join Professor Bob Hill and Dr Mika Peace as they present two perspectives on Australia's relationship with wild fire - the evolution of fire-adapted vegetation, and how complex weather patterns drive fire behaviour in the Australian landscape.


Professor Bob Hill is the Director of the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. He has PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Adelaide and has held academic positions at James Cook University, the University of Tasmania and, since 1999, the University of Adelaide. Bob has had a lifetime interest in the evolution of the vegetation of Australia and Antarctica, and has made significant contributions in palaeobotany, plant systematics and ecophysiology.


Dr Mika Peace’s professional background is in operational meteorology having trained in applied mathematics. Her varied roles with the Bureau of Meteorology have taken her all around Australia. Highlights include a wet-season forecasting in Darwin and the Pilbara pre-season cyclone tour. In 2010 Mika received a scholarship to undertake a research degree in fire weather. Mika’s current role is in fire research in the Science and Innovation group, where she investigates the role of fire-atmosphere interactions, and how they influence fire behaviour.


After Dark: the Shadow Initiation

group of young adults at the museum

Friday 11 October 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
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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)