29 November 2019–26 April 2020
Our playful pals

Dogs: a story of our best friend

Opening Hours:

We encourage you to view this exhibition during the Museum opening hours of 10am to 5pm daily.

Ticket Prices: Museum Members receive unlimited FREE VIP entry

Adult $15, Concession $12, Children aged 3-15* $5 Children under 3* FREE

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $35 *must be accompanied by paying adult

Dogs have been a much-loved part of our lives since we began to domesticate them more than 10,000 years ago, but how much do we actually know about our four-legged friends?

What to expect: 

  • Explore the history of dogs from a scientific/cultural perspective. How did they evolve from wolves to our playful pals?

  • Learn about dogs from popular culture, like Snoopy and Lassie! 

  • Look at a wide array of dog skeletons - the bones have been arranged in accurate order to represent the dog by our taxidermist 

  • Check out digital interactives explaining the incredible variation in skull shape among dogs and tools for selecting the best dog to match your lifestyle

  • Watch short films specifically created for the Museum highlighting the special bonds shared by owners and their dogs

  • Exclusive illustrations of a diverse range of different breeds

  • Historical and contemporary representations of dogs

Although designed for all ages there’s lots for kids to enjoy. Including:

  • Interact with the puppy parade in the North Foyer. Place a puppy on the runway and scan its tag to unleash facts unique to that dog. All plush dogs available to purchase in the Museum Shop to take home!

  • Play in the dog kennel

  • Crawl through the doggy door

  • Find fun facts in the text panels

  • Take a selfie in the farm scene

  • Explore the activity trail

In the mean time we need your help!

Does your dog have a best pal who's not a human? Maybe it's a duck, a cat, a koala or even a object. Whatever it may be we'd love to see your pics. Upload your photo to social media, tag us and use #SamsBestFriend and your photo may be displayed in our exhibition!

The theme will change every two weeks so keep an eye on our social media and website. 

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Please note: Humans only! Service dogs that have been individually trained to work or perform tasks for a guest with a disability are welcome, in accordance with the South Australian State Legislation.

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