Program bookings

April school holiday program: Dinosaurs!

It's a palaeontology extravaganza! There are plenty of drop-in and booked activities throughout the school holidays, including a movie night, an opportunity to meet South Australian Museum palaeontologists, and some fun dinosaur craft. Please view the full program here

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email

This program is supported by the generosity of Flinders University. 


Drawing workshop: reconstructing a dinosaur

bird dinosaur

When: April 23, 24, 26, 27, 11:30am and 12:30pm
Duration: 30 minutes
Location: Biodiversity Gallery
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How do we know what dinosaurs looked like? Flinders Palaeontology Lab will teach kids how we can make a picture of a dinosaur from an image of a skeleton.

For enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email

There is no need to print a physical ticket.

Parents/carers should attend this activity with their children, but do not need to book a ticket themselves.

There is lots to do at the Museum this school holidays! Please view our full program here.


History Festival: Precinct buildings walking tour


Dates and times: Every Mon & Wed in May, 1pm (45 mins)

Tour starting point: Meet in the main foyer, South Australian Museum, North Tce, Adelaide

Cost: Members: $8.00 /  Non-member: $10.00

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Join us for a stroll around the South Australian Museum precinct and discover the varied history of some of the oldest buildings in Adelaide. This tour takes place outside so please ensure you bring weather appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear for walking.

Bookings essential.

For enquiries, please email

Image: Denis Smith.


Young Explorers May: Across the sea

Young boy and shark
When: 21 May - 25 May
Times: 10:15am and 11:15am
Location: meet in the Main foyer.

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Young Explorers, our fun and educational sessions for 3-to-5-year-olds, is sailing across the sea! Learn about the clothes and costumes of the Pacific Islands.

Please note: This program has been specially designed for children aged 3 to 5 years – if you are bringing an accompanying sibling less than 3 years of age, please care for your younger child to allow the older sibling to fully enjoy the program.

You do not need to print your ticket. Our educators will check your name off at the beginning of the session.

Young Explorers is made for small family groups rather than childcare groups. If you are planning on coming to the Museum with a childcare group, please call 8207 7575 or email to discuss your visit.


Night Lab

Night lab

When: Friday 4 May, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $25 Museum Members/ $35 general tickets
Location: South Australian Museum

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We are very excited to have our favourite 18+ event, Night Lab back in May as we prepare to say farewell to our Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition. Unleash your inner dino-nerd and join us for this closing weekend extravaganza of all things palaeontological.

Visit the Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition and discover the link between birds and their saurian ancestors. Hear tales from the field at the Beers and Bones talks, curated by the Flinders University Palaeontology Society. Get hands-on and create your own dinosaur terrarium to take home. Unearth the prehistoric secrets of our galleries (and light up your social media) with our Instagram scavenger hunt. Come and see for yourself that dinosaurs are not just for kids! Join us for a night of food, drink, conversation and your chance to explore all of the South Australian Museum galleries.

This event is for ages +18

In partnership with Flinders University


John Tibby

Sprigg lecture series: Prof. John Tibby - Mega-droughts and flooding rains

Tuesday 5th June, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)

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Mega-droughts can last two or more decades, and have been responsible for the demise of at least five major civilisations in the past 1500 years. Extreme events such as prolonged droughts or massive floods are occuring ever more frequently, and predictions indicate that there's more to come. Can these events occur naturally, or are they always human-made? Can we reconstruct and learn from previous climates?

In this special Sprigg lecture for World Environment Day, Professor John Tibby will focus on evidence for hydroclimate variation in the 10,000 years since the end of the last ice age, a period with similar climate conditions to the present. He uses evidence from indicators preserved in fossil leaves, pollen and algae, to infer the past hydroclimate. These sediments reveal evidence for substantially more extreme climate events including mega-droughts longer than any in the historical record.

Professor John Tibby currently lectures at the University of Adelaide, and has previously lectured at Loughborough University and University College London. He has been a research associate at Monash University studying the environmental history of the Maritime Continent. His work with the University of Adelaide focuses on the sources and effect of nutrient pollution in the upper Torrens River Catchment.


Suitable for ages 12+

There is no need to print a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.

As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email