National Science Week 2014

Inflatable creatures will form part of the visual experience at National Science Week. Photo: Evelyn Roth Festival Arts.

Photo: Evelyn Roth Festival Arts.

National Science Week at the South Australian Museum has something to suit every taste, every curiosity and every age group. Join us for a week-long adventure of fascinating discovery and excitement.

Sessions are subject to change without notice. Some events require bookings. All activities are free unless otherwise stated.


Family Fun Day
Sunday 24 August, 11am-3pm
Museum Lawns
All ages

Discover the wonder of life on Earth with a free event for the whole family. Join in for storytelling, discovery and arts inside giant inflatable creatures! 


Megafauna Workshops
19-21 August, 10.30 am (30 min duration)
Megafauna Gallery, Level 3
Best suited children 3-5 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bookings essential

Discover the creatures that roamed South Australia 100,000 years ago in an interactive play experience for children 3-5 years old. Learn about the bones of the giant marsupial megafauna, find out what they ate, and what happened to them. 


Torchlight Tours with Professor Flint
Tuesday 19 August, 6pm & 7pm (45 min duration)
Meet in Main Foyer
Best suited children under 12 years. 
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings essential

These popular Torchlight Tours provide a unique opportunity to see the Museum in a very different light, and to answer that age-old question of whether or not things really do come to life when the doors are locked, and the lights are turned down.


Torchlight Tour for Grown Ups: The Origins and Functions of Sex
Tuesday 19 August, 8pm (1hr duration)
Meet in Main Foyer
Over 18 years only. ID may be requested.
Bookings essential

Earth’s animal biodiversity started with tiny, bacteria-sized microbes that self-replicated. Fast forward 630 million years, and animals needed a mate to produce offspring. Discover the weird and wonderful strategies, techniques, and equipment that have evolved to aid the continuation of species.



Thursday 21 August, 11am-2pm
Main Foyer
All ages


Tell us what makes your museum special. How do we inspire you – is it with an object, a gallery, area of research, or something else entirely? Contribute to the conversation in person in the ball pit and online using #inspiredby on Twitter.


Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
Until 7 September, 10am-5pm
Special Exhibition Space, Ground Floor
Exhibition entry fees apply

Immerse yourself in the science of art. See artists’ interpretation and response to natural science and vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award and the Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Award for excellence in science communication. 


Self-guided Biodiversity Discovery Trails
18-24 August, 10am-5pm
Pick up a trail in the Main Foyer

Learn all about life on Earth at your own pace with our biodiversity discovery trail.


Suited all ages
Register online

Harry Bowey Reserve, Riversdale Drive, Salisbury Park SA 5109
Friday 22 August, 4.30pm to Saturday 23 August, 12noon

Oaklands Wetlands, 237-265 Oaklans Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046
Friday 29 August, 4.30pm to Saturday 30 August, 12noon

Join the Museum team and other scientists from the University of South Australia to discover and record the fascinating wildlife that we share our city with. Help us find and document animals living in these urban parkland habitats and learn some tricks of the trade. Join us for as long as short a time as you like; the blitzes run continuously for 24 hours.


Schools’ Program: Spotlight on Science
18-22 August, 10am-2pm
This program is only open to school groups
Bookings through the Museum Education team on 08 8207 7429

Primary students can take part in three interactive sessions that address the use and influence of science. The sessions meet the Australian Curriculum understandings for Year 4-7 students. They will visit the Museum for one day and rotate between the three sessions. 

Session 1 focuses on technological advancements and how they are influencing current scientific research. Session 2 looks at illegal trade and imports with a strong ethical behaviours focus. Session 3 explores ecosystems in the Biodiversity Gallery and discusses how the growth and survival of living things are affected by their environment.

Science Week sponsors

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.