South Australian Museum, Adelaide

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Founded in 1856, South Australian Museum houses the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artifacts as well as several permanent galleries, including ones showcasing Australian biodiversity and the richness of Pacific cultures. The museum is part of a complex of buildings in the cultural precinct of the Adelaide Parklands, where you can also visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Mortlock Library. Join a guided tour to learn about this country's artistic and cultural heritage or roam the museum's numerous free exhibits on your own. The food kiosk offers indoor or outdoor seating, hot meals, and cold drinks. Plan to see South Australian Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Adelaide online day trip planner.
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  • What an amazing place to spend a few hours. My favourite exhibits were the Australian Polar Collection, Ancient Egypt (very small) and World Mammals. But there are heaps more endless wonders - five... 
    What an amazing place to spend a few hours. My favourite exhibits were the Australian Polar Collection, Ancient Egypt (very small) and World Mammals. But there are heaps more endless wonders - five...  more »
  • This museum was founded in 1856 so is 166 years old. It is owned by the Government of SA. The best part about it that it is free so all people can visit and be educated unlike the Melbourne one where....  more
    This museum was founded in 1856 so is 166 years old. It is owned by the Government of SA. The best part about it that it is free so all people can visit and be educated unlike the Melbourne one where....  more »
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  • Check the website before going to see if any specialty events/ exhibitions are on, as they may have an entry fee for that space. Staff are helpful, but easiest to find at the entrance on regular days. Cafe has dietary options but always check just in case of allergies, staff are happy to check for you.
  • We spent quite a few hours in the museum, and enjoyed it immensely. Nothing much of a technical or mechanical nature. However perhaps the world's most comprehensive collection of aboriginal and island artifacts. Also the natural world, particularly Australia was well represented. Of particular interest was the current exhibition 'representing the antipodes'. Well worth a look.

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