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For a bit of science and history during your stay in Adelaide, consider visiting the South Australian Museum. An Egyptian mummy, animal fossils, Pacific islander artifacts and aboriginal boomerangs are just some of the items found in the museum's permanent collection. Rotating exhibits, which have included animal prints by Francisco José de Goya, opals and award-winning flora and fauna photographs, are also on display inside.

This free museum is a hit with travelers, especially those with children. The facility offers a welcome respite from the sun and features many informative displays. Plus, kids can participate in storytelling sessions hosted by the Young explorers program and hunt for hidden compartments that are spread throughout the museum's galleries. A few areas, though, appeared a bit dated or repetitive, according to some visitors.

The South Australian Museum is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except Good Friday and Christmas, with reduced hours on ANZAC Day. However, some facilities, such as the gift shop and the Discovery Centre, are only open at select times. Available amenities include restrooms, a cafe and complimentary guided tours, which are an hour long and start at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 2 and 3 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. Tours are of the property's free galleries; special exhibits are not visited during tours and may have entrance fees. The museum sits along North Terrace in the central business district and can be reached by Adelaide Metro's free buses and tram. Fee-based transportation options, including trains and non-City Connector buses, also stop nearby. Another option is to park in the adjacent Adelaide Central Car Park or to walk from nearby attractions like the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Zoo. More information can be found on the museum's website.

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#1 Adelaide Botanic Garden Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include ... Read more » ymgerman / Getty Images

#2 Barossa Adelaide boasts an array of top-notch wine regions, but for some of Australia's best vino, visit Barossa. Located about 40 miles northeast of the central business district, Barossa features ... Read more » moisseyev / Getty Images

#3 McLaren Vale To see where South Australia's famous wine industry began, head 25 miles south of Adelaide to McLaren Vale. Roughly 65 wineries call this region home, where grapes have been ... Read more » jane55-hogarth / Getty Images

#4 Kangaroo Island Situated 130 miles southwest of Adelaide, this lush island features 316 miles of coastline and more than 24 protected areas. Animals commonly found on Kangaroo Island include koalas, sea lions and ... Read more » Megan Spooner / Getty Images

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#7 South Australian Museum For a bit of science and history during your stay in Adelaide, consider visiting the South Australian Museum. An Egyptian mummy, animal fossils, Pacific islander artifacts and aboriginal boomerangs are ... Read more » Lamsus Crusoe / Flickr

#8 Art Gallery of South Australia Tucked between the South Australian Museum and the Museum of Classical Archaeology in the central business district, the Art Gallery of South Australia houses one of Australia's largest art ... Read more » Cimexus / Flickr

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At the South Australian Museum, visitors can see World War I artifacts, admire aboriginal artwork and learn about Egyptian mummies, among other features. Lamsus Crusoe / Flickr

The free Art Gallery of South Australia houses more than 38,000 works of art, including paintings by Renoir and Claude Lorrain. Cimexus / Flickr

If you want to catch a rugby or cricket match, plan on visiting the Adelaide Oval. This large sports complex hosts Australian Football League (AFL) rugby matches between late March and mid-August, while cricket competitions take place mid-October through March. Stephen Beaumont / Flickr

An array of shops, including the original storefront for Haigh's Chocolates, await you at Rundle Mall. denisbin / Flickr

Giant pandas, Tasmanian devils, Sumatran orangutans and Victorian koalas are just some of the animal species you'll find at the Adelaide Zoo. Brett Hartwig / Stringer / Getty Images

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