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. Each week, UNLOCKED brings you the hidden gems from the South Australian Museum.
Be inspired as you unearth the secrets of our science.
07 March 2014
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.View
02 December 2013
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.View
29 October 2013
Researchers from the South Australian Museum have returned from their biannual field trip to fossil hotbeds on Kangaroo Island, with a swathe of new species to describe.
Since fossilised animals from the early Cambrian period (half a billion years ago) were discovered at a new quarry in 2007, Museum scientists have been visiting, collecting and analysing specimens from a very special site.View