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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
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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Largest collection of Aboriginal Artifacts in the World

The museum is a major institution of natural history and Aboriginal relics. I spent three hours and didn't manage to see everything. What I did see was exciting: different kinds... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Los Gatos, California
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Victor Harbor, Australia
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51 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love most of the place. The bones and animal stuff are great!! Some stuff is a bit boring but it's still worth visiting.

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Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is a major institution of natural history and Aboriginal relics. I spent three hours and didn't manage to see everything. What I did see was exciting: different kinds of boomerangs that were centuries old, art work in the form of paintings, woven items, sculpted figures, and traditional weapons used in the Outback. Much more, but it was the... More 

Thank VWriter
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

love museums, this was very enjoyable and interesting, the staff very helpful with information, the lunch was also good.

Thank catherine w
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quite a small museum - very busy on a Saturday morning BUT hardly anyone in the Aboriginal section. Is this how they are seen by the white Australians? This section was interesting and there is lots of good items on display

Thank kiwi572014
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a trip, easy to find, close to Rundle Mall, helpful counter staff, excellent lunch menu friendly staff, gift shop interesting gifts, staff fantastic. Great place to take children, excellent signage all over, often a special exhibition is offered, "Yidaki" on now. I was fascinated to hear about Indigenous Australian culture. The Discovery Centre is the go to place... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Museum olf SA is really interesting in the activities provided and the helpful staff will explain or answer your queries without hesitation. The Discovery Centre is a lot of fun and will ensure you are actively engaged - for all ages!

Thank Marguerite W
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My sister and I took her granddaughter, Poppy, to the Museum, not knowing how she would react and how she would behave. She is a very well behaved, almost 3 year old and very inquisitive. It was in the school holidays, so, many, many children with adults were there. Where does one start! We followed the crowd, Poppy wasn't frightened... More 

Thank Jobandben
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A huge amount of aboriginal artefacts dominate the museum which I great for overseas tourists but as a local I was really looking for something more. Kids seemed to enjoy the mammals and aquatic areas. Ancient Egypt room was a huge disappointment unfortunately. Would only really recommend if your headed for a special exhibit.

Thank Jessie R
Essendon, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in a historic building next to the Art Gallery in Adelaide city. Parking is sometimes difficult. Free entry. Aboriginal and PNG collection is awesome. Also Precious stone collection is wonderful. Kids like the coin operated T-Rex. Good educational place for kids. Can dine at the coffee shop.

Thank Lamindu
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is free and is in a great, central location. The exhibits are outstanding and although I visited for about three hours, it was not nearly enough. Highlights included: 1) A fabulous presentation of very early fossils, the Ediacaran fauna, pre-cambrian, clearly presented in an understandable way. 2) A clear and beautiful and large exhibit of Aboriginal cultures, with... More 

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