The South Australian Museum is a vibrant learning environment that can foster children’s learning and development.
We aim to support children to feel secure, confident and connected within the Museum. Our programs are designed to expand children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
All lessons are held in positive social learning environments that promote small group interactions. Activities are responsive to children but have some elements of intentional teaching.
We promote high expectations of children, engage in shared thinking and ask open-ended questions to develop problem solving skills.
Opportunities in the Museum
You may like your children to experience learning in the whole Museum using a Discovery Trail.
Lesson with a DECD Education Manager or Volunteer
If you have a particular learning focus you can book a gallery and have an Education Manager lead your children through a hands-on directed learning experience. The Education Manager provides a 30 minute lesson and we have hands-on collections available for Fossils, Australian Aboriginal Cultures, World Mammals, Pacific Cultures and Biodiversity and Marine Life.
Small groups of around 12 children are ideal for these activities. Larger classes can be split and two lessons given to provide focused learning.
Special Early Years’ Programs
Tell me a Story is a program that nurtures children’s natural curiosity with nature and culture. Experienced facilitators host these sessions using play experiences to engage the senses. These sessions are suitable for 4 year old children and Reception classes.
There is no cost for these performances but numbers are strictly limited at 15 children.Two session times are available per day 10:15-10:45am or 11:00-11:30am. Contact the Education Team to book.
|11-14 March||Fossil Hunters||Fossil Galleries, Level 3|
|31 March - 4 April||Under the Earth||Minerals Gallery, Level 3|
|12-16 May||Snow and Ice||Mawson Gallery, Level 3|
|10-13 June||Making Music||Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine|
|21-25 July||Earth, Water, Fire||Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Ground|
|11-15 August||Across the Sea||Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine|
|8-12 September||Homes||South Australian Biodiversity Gallery, Level 2|
|20-24 October||At the Beach||South Australian Biodiversity Gallery, Level 2|
|10-14 November||Mammals and Me||World Mammals Gallery, Ground|