The South Australian Museum is a major centre of exciting scientific discovery. Our institution plays an important global role as our scientists work to understand and conserve Australia's natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations.

Researchers embark on amazing adventures across the world to discover and describe new species of fauna and their relationship with the environment, provide valuable advice to policymakers, lawyers and corporations, and act as custodians of the Museum's extensive national collections.

Our scientists are world leaders in fields such as evolutionary biology, mineralogy, palaeontology and terrestrial invertebrates. UNLOCKED brings you the hidden gems from the South Australian Museum.

Be inspired as you unearth the secrets of our science.

  • 12 March 2014

    Prehistoric Permians Draw Thousands

    More than 26,000 visitors flocked to the South Australian Museum to meet new Permian friends such as Dinogorgon, Edaphosaurus, Sclerocephalus and Eryops and learn about a crucial period in evolutionary history, 290 million years ago.

    The Museum’s blockbuster summer exhibition Life Before Dinosaurs: The Permian Monsters was a key fixture in South Australia’s tourism industry from 14 December 2013 – 10 March 2014.

    Packed with life-sized, moving models of Permian creatures, as well as interactive digital technology, fossil dig pits and beautiful illustrations, the show offered visitors a hands-on experience in the world of the dinosaurs’ ancestors.

  • 07 March 2014

    Science Feast Amid Sounds of the Planet

    Journey into dark caves, deep oceans and icy Antarctica with the South Australian Museum at this year’s World of Music and Dance Festival (WOMADelaide).

    Inside the KidZone, the Museum’s Explorers’ Tent will feature a variety of our best and brightest scientists, as well as special entertainer Professor Flint.   

    The Museum is collaborating with WOMADelaide to bring science and culture to life for local and international visitors. Children will have the opportunity to register for special sessions with our scientists, while Information Centre staff will be on hand to identify specimens and share their passion for natural science with young enthusiasts.

  • 02 December 2013

    Gondwana Survivors: Scientists Track Evolution Across Broken Continents

    A group of scientists from Australia and France are undertaking ‘extreme science’ in the canopies of tropical Australian forests – as part of a mission to map the evolution of insects that were once part of the supercontinent Gondwana.

    Researchers from the South Australian Museum, France’s National Museum of Natural History and collaborators from other institutions are studying several groups of insects following the fragmentation of the immense continent which once consisted of the continents South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica – as part of a project run by Cafotrop.