The South Australian Museum’s permanent galleries are full of objects drawn from the Museum’s extensive collections. From different areas of natural and cultural heritage, the Museum’s permanent displays give visitors an opportunity to see examples of the real thing – actual specimens from the collections, that are researched by Museum scientists and are an important piece of South Australia’s past, present and future.
Most visitors to the Museum’s Galleries and Exhibitions on North Terrace, in the heart of Adelaide’s cultural precinct, will be totally unaware of the dedicated team of Collection Managers, Scientists and Technical Assistants and unpaid Honorary Research Associates and Volunteers who are actively caring for, conducting research on and publishing their discoveries in peer-reviewed national and international journals, book chapters and scholarly books. Our research activities not only benefit, inform and inspire the Galleries and many of the Exhibitions on display at the Museum, but have an impact that reaches far beyond the buildings we occupy in Adelaide. Our collections and research staff have strong links and collaborations with colleagues and students at institutions elsewhere in Adelaide, in Australia and overseas, thereby extending our reach internationally.