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South Australian Museum

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Address: North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 8 8207 7500
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The South Australian Museum is recognised as a global leader in Australian...

The South Australian Museum is recognised as a global leader in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research, based on its premier collections. It is one of the most highly visited museums in in the country and features several permanent galleries including the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery, Pacific Cultures Gallery, and the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.

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This is a free attraction and is very worthwhile. In this modified heritage building you will see some amazing exhibits including live green frogs, European animals... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a free attraction and is very worthwhile. In this modified heritage building you will see some amazing exhibits including live green frogs, European animals, anfnamgiantnsquid. We took our 2 year old and she was mesmerized. On top of that it's very well air conditioned on a hot day. In North Terrace your visit can be part of several... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Easily navigated one walks past the whale skeletons into a well organised museum with perhaps the best Australian Aboriginal exhibit in the country. Don't miss the live bee hive,the giant squid and the amazing opalised Plesiosaur skeleton. Nice interactive exhibits for the children.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the museum and were surprised to find it free. The tour guides were friendly and informative. There is a good number of aboriginal artifacts. There is a giant squid. So large it fits in an elevator shaft over 4 floors. There is an unqualified geological display of the very beginning fossilized creatures from the Flinders... More 

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Mackay QLD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whole our family loved this place and honestly this is for at least 2 visits when you stay in Adelaide. It's huge, so much to see so just for one visit is really overwhelming. If we would stay more days in Adelaide we would definitely go back. Kids just loved it!

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love the SAM. Always loved museums, and as a Gen X'er remember them with frayed animals rather than being all push-button suave techno-gadgetty. SAM, after a recent refit, meets both criteria beautifully blending the old school with new ideas. The mammal galleries are straight out of the early 1900's - variously scruffy big cats, a polar bear (!) monkeys... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very good interactive and audio visual displays of South Australia's history as well as Antarctica, and an Egyptian room

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I particularly enjoyed the aboriginal section, a wide range of spears, shields and tools are shown, with some interesting reads about how and when they were used. The decoration on Shields and boomerangs are amazing! I'm not a fan of the animal section but it was pretty big if you're into that.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a child I visited the museum many times with my father. Now I am always pleased to share experiences with my grandson. We visited . The fine collection of 'stuffed' animals is much the same. The Antarctic display is well done. The collection of spears and shields were displayed in a way that did not hold my young man's... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The artifact collection was not only extensive, but was organized in meaningful ways and presented with sound, videos, clear labels, and clear glass protective cases, with vintage and modern photos and examples of how various aspects have evolved, and with attention to differences of place. As an person interested in endemic cultures of the world, I was very impressed. This... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Has a great exhibition of Mawson and the Antarctic, Australia's mega fauna and Australia's aboriginal history as well as a little look into ancient Egypt. Well worth the visit.

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