State fossil - Ediacaran

Fossil dig pits

Main foyer

Monday 18 July – Friday 22 July

11am – 2pm daily

Drop-in activity

Budding palaeontologists are invited delve into our dig pits. Look for fossils from the Cambrian and Ediacaran periods.


Colouring Fossils

Location: Biodiversity gallery

Adults and children alike can bring the four fossil candidates to life with our colouring-in sheets.

Dates: 18 July -22 July

11am – 2pm

Drop-in activity


Fossil Casting

Palaeontologists create 3D models of fossilised creatures using casting. Find out how to make a fossil mould, and cast your own creation.

Thursday 21 July

11am – 2pm

Drop-in activity

Recommended for ages 5+


Fossil Origami

Use 3D origami techniques to create your own Ediacaran creature.

Friday 22July

11am – 2pm

Drop-in activity

Recommend for ages 5+


Self-guided fossil trail

Available from the main foyer

Let our self-guided trail lead you to some of the incredible fossils in the Museum. Discover different kinds of fossils and some in unexpected place.


Young explorers - Fossils

10.15am and 11.15am
14-24 July 2016
Suits ages 3-5
Free, but bookings essential 
(links are on time options above)

Let's go back a long, long, long time ago and search for buried treasure.... fossils!

Formerly known as Tell Me a Story, 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.

 Young explorers is presented with the generous support of the Thyne Reid Foundation.


Sprigg lecture series - Lessons from Neandertals: how your bacteria contribute to your health, your thoughts, and your past

Laura Weyrich

Dr Laura Weyrich - ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Genetics and Evolution
unit at the University of Adelaide
Tuesday, 16 August at 6-7pm
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free, but bookings essential 

Dr Laura Weyrich from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA will uncover what it means to be human, given that the body actually contains more bacterial cells than human ones. 

Using a mixture of ancient DNA and modern medicine, she will describe how information from ancient bacteria impacts on medical research today, and discuss how many of our daily activities are actually performed and governed by the trillions of microorganisms that live within us.