South Australian biodiversity


Take a walk through a transect of South Australia, from the hot and dry north to the deep oceans of the south. This gallery tells the unique story of our state’s diverse wildlife and environmental regions: arid, temperate, coastal and marine.

More than 12,000 individual models were hand-made to create this gallery, along with historical taxidermy specimens from the Museum’s mammals and birds collections. The gallery also features touch screen resource libraries, film clips, electronic labelling, interactive specimen draws and vibrant displays.

It is a visually and mentally stimulating experience for visitors of all ages.

Discover the things you can do in your own backyard to help conserve the wonderful natural heritage of South Australia, and learn how to safely explore and appreciate our beautiful natural assets.


Giant squid

This 11 m long model of a giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is a favourite among children. It is based on the largest squid ever recorded, found in New Zealand waters.

The display is in an old lift shaft and extends over four floors, complete with life-size models of other creatures that inhabit the murky depths. Interactive information screens and specimens from the collections add a wealth of background detail about the mysterious world of this elusive creature.

The model was hand-made at the Museum and took 12 months to complete.

A real specimen of Architeuthis dux can be seen in the Science Centre, preserved in alcohol. It forms part of the Museum’s Marine Invertebrates Collection