Dogs: a story of our best friend | South Australian Museum | 29 Nov 2019 – 2 Aug 2020

Dogs: a story of our best friend

Dogs have been a much-loved part of our lives since we began to domesticate them more than 10,000 years ago, but how much do we actually know about our four-legged friends?


This special exhibition has been designed for all ages, but there’s lots for kids to enjoy, including:

  • Explore the activity trail
  • Crawl through the doggy door
  • Play in the dog kennel
  • Find fun facts in the text panels
  • Take a selfie in the farm scene
  • Interact with the puppy parade in the North Foyer. Place a puppy on the runway and scan its tag to unleash facts unique to that dog. All plush dogs available to purchase in the Museum Shop to take home!

Also look out for the dog sculptures on North Terrace by Climbing Tree to celebrate the Dogs: A Story of our Best Friend exhibition. 

climbing tree dogs

climbing tree dogs

Everyone in the family can:

  • Explore the history of dogs from a scientific and cultural perspective. How did they evolve from wolves to our playful pals?
  • Learn about dogs from popular culture, like Snoopy and Lassie! 
  • Look at a wide array of dog skeletons – the bones have been arranged in accurate order to represent the dog by the Museum’s taxidermist.
  • Check out digital interactive displays explaining the incredible variation in skull shape among dogs and tools for selecting the best dog to match your lifestyle.
  • Watch short films specifically created for the Museum highlighting the special bonds shared by owners and their dogs.
  • Exclusive illustrations of a diverse range of different breeds.
  • Historical and contemporary representations of dogs.


climbing tree dogs

climbing tree dogs

Please note: Humans only! Service dogs that have been individually trained to work or perform tasks for a guest with a disability are welcome, in accordance with the South Australian State Legislation.

**Please note current information from the SA Museum below:

  • In line with Government advice, the Museum’s overall capacity is currently limited to 80 people at any one time.

  • To assist us with visitor flow and queue management, please consider limiting your visit to one hour.

  • In periods of peak demand, we will have to institute timed ticketing for visitors and restrict all sessions to one hour.

  • Please be mindful of social distancing and keep 1.5m away from others at all time. 

  • The Discovery Centre is currently closed ⠀

  • Before you visit, we highly recommend visiting our website and reading our FAQs

climbing tree dogs

Admission Cost

**Tickets on sale Friday 22 November 2019**

Adult $15 | Concession $12 | Children aged 3-15* $5 | Children under 3* FREE | Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $35 *must be accompanied by paying adult

Museum Members receive unlimited FREE VIP entry


climbing tree dogs

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the South Australian Museum website

What:    Dogs: a story of our best friend

When:   Friday 29 November 2019–Sunday 26 April 2020 | 10am – 5pm daily

Where:  South Australian Museum

Who:     Designed for all ages, with some special activities included for kids and families.

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: SA Museum website


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