Wonders from the South Australian Museum | Exhibition Review

Wonders from the South Australian Museum - Eharo or 'Mermaid' Mask

Wonders from the South Australian Museum – Review

by Brooke Hendry

Have you ever wondered what’s beyond the five floors of the Museum?

If so, you now have the rare opportunity to find out, through their current free exhibition – Wonders from the South Australian Museum. This is your ideal reason to re-visit all of the wonder and excitement that the Museum has to offer, as well as discovering something new.

To commemorate the Museum’s upcoming 165th birthday in June 2021, the new exhibition, Wonders from the South Australian Museum, allows you to explore 165 remarkable objects from the Museum’s vast collection, many of which have never been on public display before.

Wonders exhibition - SA museum

Wonders SA Museum

There’s something to intrigue everyone…

You’ll find objects from the gorgeous to the grotesque. We discovered such a range of intriguing items and the kids loved finding out all they could about them.

Some favourite pieces of ours were the tribal masks (especially the Mermaid Mask), head-wear, and the impressive range of Aboriginal artefacts on display. As well as the collection of extinct species – from 300 million year old Crinoid fossils through to the elephant bird, the dodo and the thylacine.

Wonders SA Museum

Wonders Exhibition SA Museum

Wonders SA Museum Exhibition

Did you know that there used to be giant sloths roaming the earth?

We didn’t, and we couldn’t believe how big the giant sloth bones, which were found in Argentina in 1787, actually are! We think you’ll be amazed too.

Giant Sloth Bones - Wonders from the South Australian Museum Exhibition

Giant Sloth Bones – Wonders from the South Australian Museum Exhibition

The Wonders from the South Australian Museum also included carvings on whale’s teeth and shells, tapestries, the Death Mask of Napoleon Bonaparte, and a fragment of Mars which fell to earth in Egypt in 1911, just to name a few…

Wonders SA Museum Death Mask Napoleon

Wonders SA Museum Elephant Bird

Wonders Exhibit SA Museum

There’s so much more to explore in this exhibition!

And you’ll gain a deeper understanding of our natural world, along with the cultures throughout history.

Wonders SA Museum Exhibit

Re-discover the rest of the South Australian Museum while you’re there.

It’s the perfect day-trip in Adelaide with the kids, that won’t cost the earth!

SA Museum

Wonders from the SA Museum

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Wonders from the South Australian Museum is free to enter and will be on display until the 8 August 2021.

Find out more about the Wonders from the South Australian Museum exhibition here.

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: All photos by Brooke Hendry

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