Dig It @ The Museum | 1 – 23 March 2014


Dig It @ The Museum is presented by the South Australian Museum in association with the 2014 Adelaide Festival.  Bring the kids along where they can dig to discover the amazing fossil history of South Australia. Learn more about life in the past and the stories in the rocks and bones. Uncover fossils in the dig pits and visit the fossil galleries, in particular, the newly re-opened Ediacaran Fossils Gallery, showcasing fascinating finds that will amaze all ages.

The 2014 program will be launched with a special opening weekend on March 1st and 2nd and activities will then continue daily until March 23rd.  All activities are free unless otherwise indicated.

Come along for a weekend of talks, tours, trails, performances and interactive activities for all ages.

Opening Weekend | 1-2 March 2014

Performance: Dinosaurs Down Under and Other Curiosities

  • 1 & 2 March | 11-11.45am & 2-2.45pm
  • Main Foyer
  • All ages

Sing and dance with Professor Flint to explore Australia’s dinosaurs and other amazing creatures from long ago.

Owl Pellet Dissection and Bone Sorting

  • 1 & 2 March | 11am-3pm
  • Main Foyer
  • Best suited ages 8+

What can owl pellets teach us about biodiversity and life in the past? Practise the skills of a palaeontologist to discover for yourself in this interactive experience.

Fossil Curiosity Cart

  • 1 & 2 March | 11am-2pm
  • Museum Front Lawns
  • Best suited ages 3+

Get up close with fossils and holds millions of years of history in the palm of your hand.

Walk & Talk Guided Tour

  • 2 March | 2.30-3.15pm
  • Meet in Main Foyer
  • Best suited ages 8+

Journey back in time on this guided tour through the galleries with the Museum’s Evolutionary Palaeobiologist Dr Mike Lee.

Short Talks: I Want to be a Palaeontologist

  • 2 March | 1-2pm
  • Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine
  • Best suited ages 12+

Do you have an interest in fossils and the world of palaeontology? Are you considering palaeontology or earth science as a future area of study or a career? Join three young PhD students from Flinders University as they share their stories with you. Stay on in the palaeo lounge to meet these students and ask all your fossil questions.

Festival Program | 1-23 March 2014

Dig Pits

  • 1-23 March | 10am-4pm
  • Museum Front Lawns and Megafauna Gallery, L3
  • Suits all ages

Try your hand at palaeontology and dig for fossils to reveal evidence of life in the past.

Self-guided Fossil Trail: Window into the Past

  • 1-23 March | 10am-4pm
  • Collect from Main Foyer
  • Best suited ages 5+

Step back in time with a self-guided fossil trail that explores some of the Museum’s fossil stories. Look through the window to stop and notice the details.

Prehistoric Playpen

  • 1-23 March | 10am-4pm
  • Ediacaran Fossils Gallery, L3
  • Best suited to children under 5 years

A relaxing play space of books, dress-ups and prehistoric soft toys that explore animals from long, long ago.

Fossil ID

  • 1-23 March | Weekdays 11am-4pm & Weekends 11am-3pm
  • Information Centre, L1
  • Best suited ages 5+

Bring your mystery fossils along to the Information Centre for identification.

For more information visit the South Australian Museum website or the Adelaide Festival website.

What:  Dig It @ The Museum

When:  1 – 23 March 2014 (see times above)

Where:  South Australian Museum | North Terrace, Adelaide

Who:  Under 5’s, 5+ years and 8+ years (see age guides above)


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