Members & friends

Join one of our supporting groups to enhance your South Australian Museum experience. Explore the natural world with The Waterhouse Club — expedition specialists that design outstanding science-based travel programs. Volunteer with the Friends of the South Australian Museum and become part of their rich history of supporting significant acquisitions to the Museum’s collections through the wonderful network of volunteer tour guides.

Both groups offer unique ways to discover the untold stories of the Museum. They raise critical funds to support the good work of the South Australian Museum. 


The Waterhouse Club 

The Waterhouse Club was established in 1987 and takes its name from the Museum’s first Curator Frederick George Waterhouse. He was an English naturalist, zoologist and entomologist who made significant contributions to the study of Australia's natural history.

The Club’s program offers a fine blend of travel, adventure and entertainment in the company of the Museum’s acclaimed researchers. Events can be held within the Museum's own special spaces or you can explore world-class tourist destinations. The Waterhouse Club is a fun way to associate with the South Australian Museum, while also raising significant funds to support the Museum.

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The Waterhouse Club events 2015

President’s report 2014

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Friends of the South Australian Museum

The Friends of the South Australian Museum are dedicated to helping the Museum tell the story of Australia’s unique natural and cultural heritage. This entirely volunteer-run organisation was founded in 1965 and raises funds through membership fees, guided tours and donations to support the Museum's activities.

Friends may also enjoy reciprocal benefits at leading museums and galleries in Australia and overseas. The Friends of the South Australian Museum Inc. is a member of the World Federation of Friends of Museums.

Membership is for the financial year 1 July to 30 June. Half-yearly fees apply for new members joining after 1 January.

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