South Australian Museum
South Australian Museum
4.5
Natural History MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 150 years. It is a place where families can learn and grow together. Today the Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance, including the world's most comprehensive collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, and in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.
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  • HilaryW971
    Norwich, United Kingdom301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent museum
    This was a great place to visit with the family. The section on Antarctic exploration was of particular interest especially seeing Mawson’s sledge and hut. The explanations are clear and the museum is well laid out.The section in indigenous peoples is well worth visiting. The cafe is good too!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Наталья Ж
    Moscow, Russia16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit in Adelaide
    Great place to visit in Adelaide! All you want to know in one spot! Lots of exhibitions to all tastes! It is really so much to learn, if I stayed longer, I could visit it every day during a week. Packed with info starting from mullions of years ago (dinos, stones, shells, bones) to animals, explorers, minerals and aborigines.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • C M
    Auckland Central, New Zealand811 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    This is a pretty good museum, right next to the amazing art gallery so easy to make it a day of 'culture'. We loved the exhibition on Pacific culture upstairs in the Building but the natural history displays throughout are very well done too and definitely worth seeing. There is a cafe too if you need some rest after exploring and a funky gift shop too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    South Australia Museum
    The Art Gallery of SA, State Museum and Sate Library are all beside each other in North terrace. Unlike Melbourne's Museum where you pay $15-00 (was free in the old Museum which was better) this museum is free. It is a Natural History Museum founded in 1856
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Typist
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    It was free which was a great start. A huge section was devoted to indigenous history and culture and it was very insightful. The room with the live beehive was quite cool. The giant squid feature was novel. Not much by way of history.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Teacake_Taster
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom1,143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational
    The museum is set out to be accessible and the displays all look as though they have been carefully curated with the visitor in mind. Lots of old skeletons and stuffed animals. Interesting displays on aboriginal history, pacific countries eg: Papua New Guinea, really old fossils and rocks. Friendly relaxed cafe. Nice shop.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • rob27898
    Port Kennedy, Australia463 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good
    Was surprised by the size of the place. It just keeps going. Well laid out with plenty of space and signage to navigate the rooms. A huge collection of various items and artifices with surprising age of some of the collection! We did get confused a few times though with the 2 staircases and not knowing if we should use them or not. I would reduce this down to one primary route or make it clearer how to continue. Worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Robert D
    3,873 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum
    I recommend a visit to the South Australia Museum. It has five floors of exhibits, with two floors devoted to Australian Aboriginal Cultures. That is the most interesting section, though there are other exhibits on Natural History and South Pacific Cultures. One highlight of the Aboriginal cultures exhibit is the Yuendumu School doors, painted in 1983 to explain the local Tjukurrpa (dreaming). It was the first time the Warlpiri elders decided to explain their Tjukurrpa to the world beyond their desert home.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Global-Villagerr
    Denver, Colorado361 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wide Ranging Collection for the Curious
    We spent a couple of hours in this wide ranging museum. The breadth of art and antiquities is instructive, as it covers such a long period of time. Of particular note is the beautiful collection of Aboriginal art in the special galleries. These we lovely, and the accompanying narratives especially interesting.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Walk & Talk Tours Adelaide
    Adelaide, Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see and learn!
    We enjoyed our visit in the SA Musuem. The building is situated within a beautiful historial precinct in the north side of Adelaide. The outside cafe and sitting areas are beautiful and pleasantly inviting on a good weather day. There are plenty of varied exhibits for all intersts and ages. We particularly enjoyed the Antarctic display for Douglas Mawson and the Gem, Opals and Meteorites on display. The younger visitors certainly seem to enjoy the animal hall on the first level and the Egyption room! The giant squid is also something unique, which is displayed over 3 levels! We were entertained and happy with our visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 February 2024
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avrilritchie
Dundee, UK308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful museum housed in a beautiful building in a historic area of Adelaide. A lot to see within - well curated with a real variety of exhibits. As others have noted displays can be rather dark and explanations difficult to read but this didn’t really spoil our enjoyment. A nice little shop too! Recommended for everyone.
Written 30 April 2024
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KBofLB
Littleborough, UK552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This museum is situated next door to the Art Gallery of South Australia and can be visited sequentially with it. As the State has been in existence for less than two hundred years its collection has its limitations. Nevertheless, there is an abundance of exhibits about the natural history of the area together with a large section based on local earlier aboriginal settlements. The star exhibit is a giant squid which can be viewed from galleries on separate floors.
Highly recommended.
Written 14 March 2024
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Walk & Talk Tours Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit in the SA Musuem. The building is situated within a beautiful historial precinct in the north side of Adelaide. The outside cafe and sitting areas are beautiful and pleasantly inviting on a good weather day.
There are plenty of varied exhibits for all intersts and ages. We particularly enjoyed the Antarctic display for Douglas Mawson and the Gem, Opals and Meteorites on display.
The younger visitors certainly seem to enjoy the animal hall on the first level and the Egyption room! The giant squid is also something unique, which is displayed over 3 levels!
We were entertained and happy with our visit!
Written 13 February 2024
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Global-Villagerr
Denver, CO361 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours in this wide ranging museum. The breadth of art and antiquities is instructive, as it covers such a long period of time. Of particular note is the beautiful collection of Aboriginal art in the special galleries. These we lovely, and the accompanying narratives especially interesting.
Written 12 February 2024
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Ron M
Menasha, WI542 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My wife and I visited this museum during a recent stay in Adelaide. We enjoy reading and learning this history of places we visit and while this museum has a LOT to offer...they've done so at the expense of making the written information readable. Much of it was in font too small to see or placed flat in a glass case; with no lighting in the case and/or light reflecting on the glass it rendered the information difficult or impossible to read. I recommend a complete renovation, focusing on offering less material (if needed) and focusing on larger, better lit displays. The facility was clean and the staff was nice.
Written 8 February 2024
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wha1949
Switzerland174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very interesting museum. Unfortunately the text explanation of many exhibits was difficult to read because of too dark illumination
Written 3 February 2024
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geelongexpat
Melbourne, Australia1,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I loved our visit here. There’s so much cool info about indigenous culture and other local regions. Plenty of cool animal stuff too. It’s so cool to have a free resource like this available to the public
Written 15 December 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I recommend a visit to the South Australia Museum. It has five floors of exhibits, with two floors devoted to Australian Aboriginal Cultures. That is the most interesting section, though there are other exhibits on Natural History and South Pacific Cultures.
One highlight of the Aboriginal cultures exhibit is the Yuendumu School doors, painted in 1983 to explain the local Tjukurrpa (dreaming). It was the first time the Warlpiri elders decided to explain their Tjukurrpa to the world beyond their desert home.
Written 9 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

rob27898
Port Kennedy, Australia463 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Was surprised by the size of the place. It just keeps going.
Well laid out with plenty of space and signage to navigate the rooms.
A huge collection of various items and artifices with surprising age of some of the collection!

We did get confused a few times though with the 2 staircases and not knowing if we should use them or not. I would reduce this down to one primary route or make it clearer how to continue.

Worth a visit.
Written 1 December 2023
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Teacake_Taster
Chesterfield, UK1,143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum is set out to be accessible and the displays all look as though they have been carefully curated with the visitor in mind. Lots of old skeletons and stuffed animals. Interesting displays on aboriginal history, pacific countries eg: Papua New Guinea, really old fossils and rocks. Friendly relaxed cafe. Nice shop.
Written 7 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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