Media releases

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  • 26 August 2015

    2015 ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award


    NSW born photographer Marc Lynch has been named winner of the People’s Choice award in the 2015 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition.

    The winning photograph, taken at Curl Curl Beach along Sydney’s northern shores, captures the tail of a crashing wave throwing foamy white shapes into the air.

    “It touches on something that happens every minute of the day, but we don’t see it,” says Lynch.

  • 02 August 2015

    Australian opals exclusive in Adelaide: South Australian Museum announces major opals exhibition for spring 2015 – summer 2016

    The finest opal ever unearthed will be publicly displayed for the first time as part of a multi-million dollar exhibition specially created to celebrate this year’s centenary of opal mining in Australia.

    The South Australian Museum has gathered some of the most unique and fascinating opals from around the world to complement its own significant collection and showcase the beauty and diversity of Australia’s national gemstone.

    The exhibition’s centerpiece, the Virgin Rainbow, is itself worth in excess of a million dollars and its refracting colours defy description.

  • 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.