Reconciliation at the South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of this country and that reconciliation is the responsibility of everyone.

View the South Australian Museum's Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 here.

The South Australian Museum holds one of the most important collections of Aboriginal material culture in the world. The legacy of these collections carries great potential, but also great responsibilities. The 30,000 individual items include irreplaceable artefacts, artworks and ceremonial materials of great significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Museum works in partnership with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to clarify its responsibilities in caring for these objects, and for making them accessible and presenting them in collaborative and culturally appropriate ways.

The Museum recognises that a key part of reconciliation is acknowledging and addressing the inequalities faced by many Australian Aboriginal and and Torres Strait Islander people, including in areas including wellbeing and education. It offers unique programs to younger Australian Aboriginal and and Torres Strait Islander people and employs a number of Aboriginal staff members across its archive, collection management and research areas.

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National Reconciliation Week

2020's theme "In this together" resonated even more as many Australian people adapted to a new way of doing, learning and living.

From 27 May to 3 June our Community Programs team brought you a range of activities, from a virtual Sprigg Lecture to our much loved Young Explorer sessions.

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National Reconciliation Week resources

During National Reconciliation Week our Education team put together resources for use in the classroom.

Enjoy a range of activities, from a virtual Sprigg Lecture to our much loved Young Explorer sessions.

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