Research and collections

The Museum holds collections of national and international significance and is a leader in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.

Our researchers work with others across the globe to further understanding about how to protect all animals.

The South Australian Museum's collections allow researchers to achieve this goal. This is because our scientific collections provide historical data against which researchers can assess the impacts of environmental changes and evolution, and detect previously unidentified species.

Learn more about some of our fascinating research and collections through a specially curated selection of videos below. To find out more visit our YouTube channel.


Find out about biology and evolution in parasitoid wasps

Discover a primitive creature with excellent vision

Witness the colourful antics of a Giant Australian Cuttlefish

Learn about our magnificant marine mammals database and research


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