Media releases

The South Australian Museum is a vibrant hub of activity. We invite the media to read our media releases to keep up-to-date with the goings-on at the Museum. You can also find out what our scientists are up to with Unlocked: Stories from the scientists

  • 04 June 2015

    Australia’s first astronaut becomes the South Australian Museum’s first Patron

    Dr Andrew Thomas, the first Australian in space, has become the first Patron of the South Australian Museum.

    Born and raised in Adelaide, Dr Thomas was selected among thousands of applicants to join NASA in 1992. Over a 22 year long career as an astronaut he went on four space flights, spent 177 days in orbit, visited the Mir space station and undertook a lengthy spacewalk.

    “I recall as a boy aged nine or ten, going to the South Australian Museum to see an exhibition about space,” said Dr Thomas.

    “I thought wow! The exhibition is what first sparked my curiosity about space.

    “The South Australian Museum changed my life,” said Dr Thomas.

  • 17 April 2015

    A tent full of butterflies, neuroscience for kids, and pop-up science at AFL games…IA SA reborn

    A tent full of butterflies, neuroscience for kids, and pop-up science at AFL games…Inspiring Australia SA reborn

    It's been a big day for Inspiring Australia in South Australia today with the launch of the next phase of the program.

    The new $1 million state-wide initiative to inspire South Australians with their local science is being launched by State and Federal Ministers and Science Week event organisers at the South Australian Museum.

  • 08 April 2015

    Punuku Tjukurpa - Anangu wooden artefacts, objects, culture and stories

    Artworks and objects made by three generations of Anangu artists will feature in Punuku Tjukurpa, an exhibition being hosted by the South Australian Museum from 28 March-17 May 2015.

    Presented by Artback NT, the Northern Territory’s visual and performing arts touring agency, and curated by the former Director of Maruku Arts, Stephen Fox, in collaboration with Artback NT, Maruku Arts and emerging curator Joanne S Cooley, Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory.