South Australian Museum
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Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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