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South Australian Museum Guided Tours

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by Audrey (subscribe)
I am a writer living in Adelaide. I love food and travel.
Published June 18th 2017
Learning and gaining insights on a free guided tour
Next time you're in the city why not join in on the free guided tour at the South Australian Museum. Instead of just wondering around its galleries by yourself, you can learn more and gain personal insights from very knowledgeable guides. Tours are available at 11am on weekdays and 2pm and 3pm on weekends.

South Australian Museum
South Australian Museum

After meeting the guide in the main foyer, we went through some formalities and then began exploring the Australian Aboriginal Cultures gallery. This gallery spans two floors featuring over 3000 artefacts from Aboriginal communities across the nation. Did you know that Australia's Aboriginal culture is one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world? They have adapted and survived throughout the years with innovative and creative ways of living. You can see an intact bark canoe prominently displayed on the lower floor of the gallery. How these bark canoes were constructed is rather interesting. Your guide will explain it all and answer any questions you might have about it.

Among the many portraits on the wall, you may recognise a distinct man's face - the inventor of the sheep shears. No? If or when you've given up, here's a clue, take a look at the fifty-dollar note in your wallet. Whose portrait do you see?

On the upper floor of the gallery, a row of painted school doors awaits you. School doors? Yes. Why? That's for you to find out when visiting.

school doors
(image from South Australian Museum)

Heading up a couple of stairs brings us to the Opal Fossils gallery. This gallery showcases spectacular opalised fossils from Coober Pedy and Andamooka. Your guide will show you a jewel of a different kind - the finest priceless specimen found in an opal mine. You won't believe it.

opal fossils
(image from South Australian Museum)

Next is the Minerals And Meteorites gallery where you can admire some beautiful mineral specimens. I was amazed by its very stunning colourful displays. You can also touch a meteorite here.

(image from South Australian Museum)

Lastly your guide will walk you through the Mawson gallery. This gallery acknowledges the work of Sir Douglas Mawson in exploring the Antarctic region. Many of the artefacts on display are from his own personal belongings. Accompanying his half-sledge and knife is a remarkable story of determination. You will truly be inspired when you hear it.

(image from South Australian Museum)

This free guided tour of the museum was definitely worth my time. Wish I had done it sooner. But still, it's better late than never.
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Why? Learn and gain insights on a free guided tour
When: 11am weekdays, 2pm & 3pm weekends
Phone: 61 8 8207 7500
Where: South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Sounds like a great tour, Audrey and you're right, one tends to walk around aimlessly, not really knowing what you're looking at - a guide is an excellent idea!
by Elaine (score: 3|6399) 762 days ago
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