Young explorers

 Young explorers program

10.15am and 11.15am
14-18 September 2016
Cost: Free
Bookings essential
(click on your preferred time slot above)

 Across the Sea


Let’s go on an adventure to visit our neighbours across the sea!



Opals gala

Opals gala event

25 September 2015
Limited tickets, bookings essential

Join the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP to discover beautiful opal gems and dig deeper into their story.

The Opals Gala will be full of glitz and glamour – just perfect for a spring-time event at Adelaide’s premier cultural institution: the SA Museum.  We are inviting guests to ‘wear your opals’ – and we’ll have an expert on hand to view the opals and discuss their beauty and provenance.  There will be music, beautiful light displays from the Australian Opal Centre and plenty more to see and enjoy.

The gala is a black tie/cocktail dress event, with the chance to visit the exhibition and to drink some wonderful wine from Petaluma, eat exquisite food prepared by Andre Ursini’s catering company and have the chance to bid for a VIP Shopping experience at Tiffany & Co in a silent auction, which will be stacked with tempting treats, including a trip for two to Singapore, courtesy of Singapore Airlines. 


Sprigg lecture series

Greg Rouse

6:00-7:00pm 3 November
Bookings essential

Queens (and kings) of Decay: Osedax boneworms and whalefalls

Greg Rouse, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Osedax is a recently discovered group of annelid worms where the females (mainly), with a little help from endosymbiotic bacteria called Oceanospirillales, feed on the bones of whales and other mammals in the deep sea. Osedax males are normally dwarfs that are thousands of time smaller than females. Females may therefore have large 'harems' with hundreds of males in their tubes. The known diversity of Osedax species is rapidly increasing, as is the evidence for Osedax on fossils bones.

In this Sprigg lecture, Professor Rouse will discuss what we know about the biology, life history and phylogeny of this extraordinary group of worms.

Suitable for ages 16+

As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.


Sprigg plus

Sprigg Plus

7:30-8:30pm 3 November
Bookings essential

Following the completion of the Sprigg public lecture, the South Australian Museum offers you an exclusive opportunity to meet lecturer Greg Rouse to further discuss topics raised at the lecture. Mingle with fellow Sprigg lovers and enjoy a stand-up, light dinner of delicious food and wine from the Museum’s catering team.