Young explorers - All creatures great and small

young explorers

10.15am and 11.15am 
7-18 November 2016
Free, but bookings essential (book via time links above)

Come and visit the Curious Beasts exhibition to find out how artists have helped us all to learn more about the curious creatures in the world around us.

Young explorers is a program designed so that children and their families  can enjoy an interactive experience that immerses them in the stories, objects and spaces of the South Australian Museum. Experienced facilitators use play experiences to engage the senses, incorporating story, song, movement, rhyme, observation, exploration, communication and tactile sensations in each session.

Please note: This program has been specially designed for children aged 3 to 5 years – if you are bringing an accompanying sibling less than 3 years of age, please care for your younger child to allow the older sibling to fully enjoy the program.


A Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

6:00pm Saturday, 29 October - 8:00am Sunday, 30 October
South Australian Museum

Join us for an unforgettable Night at the Museum!

Have you ever thought about rolling out your sleeping bag next to a lion or waking up beneath the trunk of an Indian elephant?

The South Australian Museum is launching an unforgettable new family sleepover event.  Every sleepover brings the Museum to life, with families exploring the galleries at night by torchlight, surrounded by centuries of world history, before bedding down in the World Mammals Gallery.

The inaugural Night at the Museum sleepover takes place on Saturday 29 October at 6pm. Children are encouraged to come along in their Halloween costumes, and parents can join in the fun too.

Your Night at the Museum includes:

  • a delicious dinner of pizza (with a glass of wine for grown-ups)
  • exploring the Museum by torchlight with Professor Flint, everyone’s favourite singing Palaeontologist
  • a private viewing of the Curious Beasts exhibition, on tour from the British Museum
  • supper and a family movie surrounded in the stunning Pacific Cultures Gallery
  • rolling out your sleeping bag next to the animals in the World Mammals Gallery
  • feeding the Discovery Centre animals their breakfast
  • enjoying a continental breakfast watching the sunrise over the North Terrace Precinct

Night at the Museum events are family friendly and participants must be at least 5 years of age. All children must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder, with no more than 3 children per supervising adult. Free parking is available behind the Museum. The sleepover commences at 6pm on the Saturday evening and concludes at 8am on the Sunday morning.

What to pack with you:

  • pillows and sleeping bag
  • pajamas
  • toiletries 
  • any necessary medications
  • a sense of adventure!

Sleeping arrangements:

  • all guests will be provided with an inflatable camping mattress
  • guests will sleep in the World Mammals Gallery, with toilets located nearby

The Night at the Museum sleepover is $160 per person for Museum Members / $180 per person for non-Members. All attendees (adults and children) must purchase a ticket for this event.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Nicole Dale on 8207 7474 or email

Thank you to our friends at Emali Early Learning Centre


Sprigg lecture: A world of curious beasts – new mammal discoveries in the far flung corners of the plane

Kris Helgen

Kris Helgen - Research Zoologist and Curator in Charge, Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, 1 November at 6-7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free, but bookings essential

In his roles as a research zoologist in the Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution and as a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, Dr Kris Helgen discovers new species of mammals.

To coincide with the Museum’s Curious Beasts exhibition, Kris will share tales from his extensive research and field work which plunges him into the wild on almost every continent. Yet about three times as many new finds are made within the walls of museums. Kris explains that "collections have built up over centuries and everyday working with them brings surprises.”

Join us for a fascinating evening of discovery and exploration with a personal account from this very special international visitor.

Admission to the Curious Beasts exhibition can be purchased on the night (admission is free for Museum Members) and the exhibition will be open from 5:30pm until 8pm.


Night Lab - Curious Beasts

Night Lab Curious Beasts

Friday 11 November 2016
South Australian Museum
Tickets: $25 Museum Members / $35 general

Venture to the South Australian Museum after dark for an evening of science, art, culture and some very curious creatures...

Night Lab is back in November as we celebrate our exhibition Curious Beasts: Animal prints from Dürer to Goya. We're planning an evening of beastly adventures which will lead guests through the exhibition and into a world of printmaking, bizarre animals and fascinating tales from behind the scenes of this British Museum exhibition.

Check out printmaking demonstrations and hands-on activities with local artists. Visit the Curious Beasts exhibition. Hear from art historians and South Australian Museum scientists about the strange creatures which have inspired artists for centuries. Observe a rare taxidermy demonstration by the Museum's Jo Bain. Plus DJs playing curious beats, food, drink and conversation.

This event is for ages 18+

Night Lab is proudly sponsored by Beach Energy


Sasha Grishin talk: Antipodean creatures in the European Imagination

Sasha Grishin

Wednesday 23 November, 6pm - 7:15pm (the Curious Beasts exhibition will be open for guests between 5:30pm – 8pm)
Pacific Cultures Gallery
$10 Museum Members / $25 per person, includes entry to Curious Beasts and a glass of wine on arrival

 Sasha Grishin is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University and works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator.  He has published more than twenty books and over two thousand articles and catalogue essays dealing with various aspects of art. In this talk, he will explore the nature of Australian creatures in the minds and artwork of Europeans, and reflect on prints from the Curious Beasts exhibition.

The Curious Beasts exhibition will be open for guests between 5:30pm and 8pm.