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This year we are celebrating our 165th birthday!

It may surprise you to know that this makes us older than the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Natural History Museum in London.

But it’s not just our age that makes us special. It took New York almost 250 years to found its principal Museum, where the South Australian Museum was created in 1856, just twenty years after the State was founded, and when it was very much still finding its feet.

This tells you how important the Museum is to the people of this State– it has always had a close relationship with South Australians, and for this we are extremely grateful.

The Museum is home to over 4 million incredible objects that we hold in trust. These objects and their stories are fundamental to understanding and celebrating the history, cultures, and natural history of South Australia from deepest time and into the future.

Wonders from the South Australian Museum is a landmark exhibition will bring the stories of 165 incredible objects to life to commemorate the South Australian Museum’s 165th birthday in June 2021 – many of which have never been on public display before.

To mark this incredible milestone, the Museum is launched the 165 Celebration Appeal to strengthen and protect these globally significant stories. With your help, we will provide the Museum with significant and vital funding to support collections care that ensures the preservation, conservation and accessibility of our cultural and scientific collections, now and into the future.

Donations are essential to our sustainability and will have an immediate and meaningful impact on all that we do.

All gifts, no matter the amount, are deeply appreciated and directly support the Museum’s mission to inspire in all people a wonder and curiosity about life on Earth.

Celebrate with us. Make a gift today.

Donation options

You can donate online today, or alternatively, you can download a PDF of our donation slip, or donate via bank transfer.

Our bank details are Account name: South Australian Museum Foundation Fund, Account number: 285591173, BSB: 015140, SWIFT: ANZBAU3M. Please be sure to include your name in the description so we know who to thank.

Matching gifts

Employees can double or triple the value of their donations to the Museum through their company's matching gift program. Please see your company’s personnel office for details. Send us the form at the address below and we’ll take care of the rest!

Tax information

Donations of $2 or more to South Australian Museum Foundation are tax deductible.

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If you would like to discuss making a donation for a specific purpose, opportunities for regular giving or leaving a bequest, we would love to hear from you


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