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South Australian Museum

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Address: North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 8 8207 7500
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The South Australian Museum is recognised as a global leader in Australian...

The South Australian Museum is recognised as a global leader in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research, based on its premier collections. It is one of the most highly visited museums in in the country and features several permanent galleries including the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery, Pacific Cultures Gallery, and the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.

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Great few hours there very interesting and the had a special Indiginous thing at the time which cost money to see however it was worth the money and enjoyed by all

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great few hours there very interesting and the had a special Indiginous thing at the time which cost money to see however it was worth the money and enjoyed by all

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must for an Adelaide visit. The galleries are well-crafted and the material presented is fascinating. You may want to visit twice! There is a small shop and a café - take a break and then go back for more. We especially enjoyed the prehistory and the Aboriginal galleries.

Thank Purmamarca
Moruya, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent about three hours here lots to see. They have a cafe and gift shop. Free to get in and great displays.

Thank 57chevycustom
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent most of my time in the aboriginal displays. Just happened to start in that section first and was fascinated at the large and varied items on display. Very impressive indeed. The detail on their tools and adaptations for their harsh environment plus the decorative touches I haven't associated with our Australian aboriginals. New respect. Wonderful displays and some old... More 

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum. We thought it had the best Aboriginal exhibits we saw during our two week stay in Australia. When you go in get a brochure or a guide, if available. Depending on how much time you have you can skip some of the more normal museum displays like the stuffed animals.

Thank Pruguy
Sydney, Australia
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This museum would typically suit a family with kids. However, the aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders section is a must for anyone who has even only a remote interest in our 'first people'. The collection is brilliantly set up, explanations are captivating, displays fascinating and there are interactive iPad stations. We thoroughly regretted that we hadn't scheduled much more time.... More 

Thank Econoclast1785
Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a few hours spare so headed for the free museum. It's pretty extensive - multiple floors and covering numerous topics such as wildlife (both native and world wide), Aboriginal artefacts, science, oceans, geology, Antarctic expeditions. I ran out of time before I could see it all! You could easily spend a whole day if you wanted to read every... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit for anyone! I usually don't like museums but I went here cause it was Free. Loved all the animals and found the fossils interesting. One hour needed for a good visit!

Thank Balluch09
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Something in this place for everyone. A must see if you are at all interested in the indiginous people. It is a very popular subject in Australia these days, as it should be.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is quite tiny compared to those in big cities but it's a quaint little free attraction good for a couple of hours.

Thank kevjmurph76

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