8 - 10 March 2024

48 Hours of GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition

General admission:
VR headset and exhibition: $15 online presale, $17 door
Exhibition: $5 online presale, $7 door

Museum Members:
VR headset and exhibition: $10
Exhibition: FREE

Concession/Student/Child 5-12 years:
VR headset and exhibition: $13 online presale, $15 door
Exhibition only: $3 online presale, $5 door

Children under 5 free (exhibition only)

The South Australian Museum will become a forest that never sleeps when its summer exhibition GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition opens for 48 continuous hours in an epic weekend as part of the 2024 Adelaide Festival program.

Check out the full 48 Hours of GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition Program

"A jaw-dropping feat” - The Guardian

“A love letter to the Daintree, but also a warning about its fragility.” - The Australian

“It was like the best dream I've ever had" - ABC Radio Adelaide

“A beautiful way to slow down and explore art, nature and the impacts of climate change” – ArtsHub

From 5pm Friday 8 March to 5pm Sunday 10 March, visitors will be able to roam the digital forest at all hours of the day and night by slipping on a VR headset, or exploring an immersive installation that expands the rainforest beyond the goggles through projection, lighting, cinematic sound, and pieces from the Museum’s historic Natural Science collections.

Across this marathon 48-hour event the Museum will also host a rolling program of free and ticketed family-friendly events, from meditation and yoga sessions to live music, film screenings, storytime, hands-on workshops, and floor talks from speakers including GONDWANA VR creators Ben Joseph Andrews and Emma Roberts, and South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier.

About the Exhibition:
A multi-sensory experience inspired by the 180-million-year-old Daintree tropical rainforest, the exhibition showcases the award-winning virtual reality work GONDWANA VR. Andrews and Roberts spent five months off-grid and on the ground in the World Heritage-listed Daintree and Wet Tropics to create an ever-changing digital tribute to this wild and ancient ecosystem.

This open-play environment condenses a century of change into a daily cycle where no two days are the same. As the forest reacts to 100 years of climate data projections from 1990 to 2090, its health and future survival is placed in the audience’s hands.

Ahead of the exhibition’s conclusion on 17 March, audiences can finally experience the full breadth of this cycle spread over an entire weekend. With free exhibition re-entry for ticketholders across the 48 hours, visitors can come and go to check in on the forest and take in this unique space whatever their festival plans.

48 Hours of GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition
From 5pm, Friday 8 March – 5pm, Sunday 10 March

GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition is open daily 10am-5pm from 9 December 2023 - 17 March 2024. Tickets for sessions outside of Adelaide Festival can be purchased here.

From 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday
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Everything kicks off Friday at 6pm for Drinks in the Daintree

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Saturday morning Yoga in the Rainforest

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A FREE talk on climate anxiety and public health from Professor Nicola Spurrier

48 Hours of GONDWANA VR: The Exhibiton Program (PDF)

Friday 8 March

5.00pm
48 Hours of GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition begins

6.00pm - 8.00pm, main foyer
Drinks in the Daintree
Join us for Friday knock-offs and casual cocktails at the South Australian Museum, where you can explore GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition at the start of its 48-hour cycle. Plus, live music from Ronan Gallagher.
Free entry

The Museum Café will also be open from 6.00pm-8.00pm

Saturday 9 March

8.00am - 9.00am, Exhibition Space, ground floor
Yoga in the Rainforest
Start your day with a morning session with Ellie from Grounded Yoga in the tranquil surrounds of our GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition space.
Book your spot

10.30am - 11.00am, Pacific Cultures Gallery, mezzanine level
Science Talk: Climate Change - Where We've Come From, Where We're Going
Details coming soon
Free entry

11.30am - 12.00noon, Discovery Centre, level 1
Storytime at the Museum
A 30-minute session for younger children and families.
Free entry

12.00noon - 12.30pm, Pacific Cultures Gallery, mezzanine level
Climate Anxiety and the Risk to Public Health
Join South Australia's Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier to hear how a changing climate can have concerning public health impacts.
Free entry

1.30pm - 2.00pm, Discovery Centre, level 1
Storytime at the Museum
A 30-minute session for younger children and families.
Free entry

2.30pm - 3.00pm, Pacific Cultures Gallery, mezzanine level
Meet the Creators Q&A
Join GONDWANA VR directors Ben Joseph Andrews and Emma Roberts to hear about the making of GONDWANA VR, which saw the pair spend five months off grid and on the ground in the Daintree and Wet Tropics.
Free entry

4.30pm - 5.30pm, Museum Café 
Paint and Sip
Join Ezzie & Mave to create your very own unique work of art. Relax and discover your inner artist as you are guided through the moderately easy process to create your very own masterpiece to take home.
Book your spot

6.00pm - 8.00pm, main foyer
Movie Night at the Museum
Join us for a free, fittingly forest-themed screening of the '90s animated classic FernGully: The Last Rainforest.

Sunday 10 March

8.00am - 9.00am, Exhibition Space, ground floor
Meditation at the Museum
Start your day with a relaxing meditation session with Ellie from Grounded Yoga in the tranquil surrounds of our GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition space.
Book your spot

10.30am - 11.00am, Pacific Cultures Gallery, mezzanine level
Science Talk: Fantastic Friendly Frogs
Details coming soon
Free entry

11.30am - 1.00pm, front lawns
Animals Anonymous
Get up close to a menagerie of cute and curious critters from around Australia with our friends at Animals Anonymous.
Free entry

11.30am - 4.30pm, front lawns
Big Games
A full day of fun, frivolity, and healthy competition out front of the South Australian Museum.
Free entry

1.30pm - 2.00pm, Discovery Centre, level 1
Storytime at the Museum
A 30-minute session for younger children and families with storyteler Helen Lawry.
Free entry

2.30pm - 3.00pm, Pacific Cultures Gallery, mezzanine level
Science Talk: Conserving and Caring for Country
Details coming soon
Free entry

2.30pm - 4.30pm, front lawns
Drumming on the lawns
Channel the unique rhythms of the rainforest in a special percussion workshop with the team from Son of Africa.
Free entry

5.00pm
48 Hours of GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition concludes

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