Makers at the Museum - photography

Analogue photograph

6:00pm to 9:00pm 
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Tickets: Members $40, Regular $45
Bookings essential

Makers at the Museum, our popular series of hands-on art workshops for adults, is back! Participants join Museum experts and leading artists for an evening of behind-the-scenes experiences, shared stories and an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get creative in one of Adelaide’s most inspiring settings.

In this special Makers at the Museum session, see spectacular scenery and exquisite photography on a guided tour of the National Photographer of the Year exhibition with photographer Paul Atkins, then explore traditional photographic methods in a workshop with the Analogue Laboratory.

Using a collection of original dry glass plate negatives, Analogue Laboratory artists Alex Bishop-Thorpe and Aurelia Carbone will guide you through the process of making collodio-chloride photographic prints. With a range of original artefacts as examples, you will explore the variety of ways photographs were personalised on their way to being treasured mementos, from creating homemade postcards to introducing printed vignettes and messages into the photographs themselves.


 Young explorers - Homes

young explorers

10.15am and 11.15am 
10-21 October 2016
Free, but bookings essential (book via time links above)

Most living things need a home to keep them safe. Let's go on an adventure to explore the homes of different living creatures!

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
Member tickets $160
Non-member tickets $180

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


October 2016 school holiday program


Pinhole camera workshop
Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 October
11am, 12pm, 1pm
The Armoury
Free, but bookings essential  - please click on your preferred time above

Discover the joy of old-fashioned photographic techniques. Children will make their own pinhole cameras, guided by the team from SciWorld.


Photographing the collection
Tuesday 11 October
11:30am, 12:30pm
Duration: 30 minutes
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free but bookings essential - please click on your preferred time above

How do museums use photography to share their collections? Join anthropologist Eleanor Adams for a talk about her work photographing objects from the Museum’s collections as part of the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Digitisation Project.


Monday 10 – Friday 14 October
10am – 4pm
Main Foyer
Drop-in activity - free, no bookings required

Remember your day at the Museum with a visit to the photobooth. Dress up as a nature photographer, explorer or scientist and get ready to pose!


Monday 10, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13, Friday 14
11:30am, 12:30pm
Megafauna Gallery, Level 3
Free, but bookings essential  - please click on your preferred time above

Nature photographer Nicholas Birks has photographed everything from bats to bugs to birds. In this talk, Nick will share stories from his career and explain how he captures amazing images of birds of prey in action. 


Cyanotype workshops
Monday 10 – Friday 14 October
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Duration: 30 Minutes
Back lawn
Free, but bookings essential - please click on your preferred time above

Discover one of the oldest forms of photography! Cyanotypes are photographic prints made without cameras and exposed by the sun. Join us to make your own cyanotype using traditional photographic techniques.