Presented as the Museum Alive series, made possible by Beach Energy, the Museum will transform its lawn into a place to connect, inspire, and empower the next generation to face the issues affecting our world.
Brian Oldman, Director of the South Australian Museum, said that the series will feature the Museum’s core and much-loved programs delivered on a bigger and bolder scale on the lawn, including:
the popular seasonal School Holiday Program, which welcomes over 6,000 children and their families to the Museum four times per year
the record-breaking Fossil Fest which hosted the single highest attendance day at the Museum in 2019
special events that draw from the Museum’s globally significant collections and partnerships to create unique offerings on the lawns for Tasting Australia, UNESCO’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and World Environment Day, World Ocean Day, International Women's Day, Reconciliation Week and more.
“For over 160 years the Museum has been offering free STEM educational programing for the curious. Our North Terrace lawns have also hosted every major South Australian festival including Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tarnanthi, DreamBIG Children’s Festival, and the SALA Festival,” said Mr Oldman.
“The Museum Alive series sees these elements combine to create a natural gathering, play and learning space for children, families and adults in the heart of the city,” he said.
The South Australian Museum and Beach Energy have partnered for the last fifteen years to deliver unrivalled educational experiences that help South Australians learn about the natural world. The partnership represents a commitment to the preservation and communication of South Australia’s natural heritage through programs inspired the Museum Alive series.
“Getting young people excited about science can lead to great STEM-based careers later in life, which is why Beach Energy is proud to support this program of great events,” said Matt Kay, Managing Director of Beach Energy.
“The Museum’s North Terrace lawn is the perfect space to create this offering and inspire in all people a wonder and curiosity about Earth.”
With its major event partners including EPICURE, Australian Hiring, Sleepee Teepee, Climbing Tree Nature Play, and its major educational partners including the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia, the South Australian Museum will expand the Museum Alive series across a 12 month calendar of major STEM events and experiences that support South Australia.