Fun & learning

The South Australian Museum is a place for lifelong learning and inspiration. Learning is how we make sense of our world. The South Australian Museum offers a range of vibrant programs with opportunities to learn about science and the natural and cultural world around us.

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre on level one is usually the place to go to get your questions answered. However, due to COVID-19 we have had to make some changes to the way the Discovery Centre operates. We kindly ask if you have an object you would like identified that you either send it to us via our Facebook page, text us a picture on 0411 659 261 or email

The Discovery Centre is currently closed to the public and unable to accept any donations at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have a question, please ask via email. The Discovery Centre have setup an iNaturalist account and provide an identification service via discovery_centre.

Out of the Glass Case (outreach programs)

Due to COVID-19 we are not taking any bookings for Out of the Glass case at this time.

Out of the Glass Case is an innovative initiative to support lifelong learning in remote communities; it brings museum experiences to children who may never have been outside of their local community. 

Annually a team of South Australian Museum scientists and educators travel to metro, regional and remote areas and, working with community leaders and schools, present workshops, educational activities and events that engage communities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), nature and culture. This program travels to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands each September and to a wide range of areas in South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The programs are specifically tailored to each community, allowing them to access the Museum’s stories, collections, research and science.

There is no cost to host or participate in the Out of the Glass Case Program. By hosting or participating, you are giving students and the wider community the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with natural science and engage with scientists leading in their field.

The program provides:

  • innovative outreach programs to engage children, students and adults of all ages

  • community access to the Museum’s stories, collections and research

  • a high level of engagement with up-to-date, scientific research

  • interactive experiences with the Museum's collections

  • face-to-face access to experts in their field

  • promotion of cultural connections, pride and leadership, and

  • an opportunity for discussions on career pathways in science, natural history and cultures.

What people are saying:

We are too often overlooked in the country for just about everything. It is truly touching to have a group such as yourselves offer such a high-quality program for rural and remote schools. The groups providing financial support for this initiative should know that their funding enriches not only the learning of country kids, but truly enriches their lives, opens their eyes beyond what their local community offers them and broadens their future potentials. Thank you. 

Zack Plaquet, Science Teacher, Berri Primary School


Out of the Glass Case is proudly supported by Beach Energy 

Three children and a woman in a modelled marine environment playing a game on a tablet

The Shadow Initiation

The Shadow Initiation is a fun and challenging activity that helps children develop critical and creative thinking skills, while building their personal and social capability.

Race against the clock on a digital adventure game to see the Museum like never before. Part escape room, part scavenger hunt, part behind-the-scenes Museum tour, this game provides a Museum experience like no other. With one hour on the clock and over 40 puzzles to attempt, this is your chance to unlock the secrets of the Museum.

Visit our Shadow Initiation page for bookings and further information.

This game is aligned with the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.

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