Fun & learning

The South Australian Museum is a place for lifelong learning and inspiration. Learning is how we make sense of our world. The South Australian Museum offers a range of vibrant programs with opportunities to learn about science and the natural and cultural world around us.

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is a special place for people of all ages to feed their curiosity. The Discovery Centre is open to the public from 10:30am-2:30pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Museum ID Service

Get your backyard discoveries identified!

Even though the Discovery Centre is currently unable to accept any donations or specimens for identification, our expert team still love answering any questions you might have about a rock, fossil or animal that you have found. We kindly ask that if you have an object you would like identified, please email your photos and questions to

The Discovery Centre has setup an iNaturalist account and provides an identification service via discovery_centre.

Keep your eye out on our social media channels for details about our ID Afternoons where you can bring your objects in and meet a Museum expert!

Three children and a woman in a modelled marine environment playing a game on a tablet

The Shadow Initiation

The Shadow Initiation is a fun and challenging activity that helps children develop critical and creative thinking skills, while building their personal and social capability.

Race against the clock on a digital adventure game to see the Museum like never before. Part escape room, part scavenger hunt, part behind-the-scenes Museum tour, this game provides a Museum experience like no other. With one hour on the clock and over 40 puzzles to attempt, this is your chance to unlock the secrets of the Museum.

Visit our Shadow Initiation page for bookings and further information.

This game is aligned with the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. Click here to download the new curriculum aligned resource. 

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