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 the place to go to get your questions answered. 

Our team knows all about our exhibits and can even help identify any specimens you bring in. If you do manage to stump them with a particularly tricky question, they have our expert scientists to call on to help find the answer. 

Make a trip to the Discovery Centre and take a look into a secret world with our microeye, watch our bees busily making honey, or just enjoy the fun, hands-on experience. There's something for all ages. 

It is open daily from 11am-4pm weekdays, and 11am-3pm weekends and public holidays.

If you have a question but can't make it in person, please ask a question via email, or call us on 08 8207 7404.

Items for donation may be deposited with the Discovery Centre for consideration by the Museum.

Out of the Glass Case

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.

If you are interested in becoming a host school for your community, please contact us.

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 

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