South Australian Museum celebrates 165th anniversary with landmark exhibit Wonder

The incredible exhibit features preserved giant sloth bones which date back to 1787 and a meterorite fragment which fell to Egypt in 1911.

Images: Sia Duff.

The South Australian Museum is celebrating its 165th anniversary with the recent launch of its landmark exhibition Wonders. Curated by Nat Williams, the free exhibition brings the stories of 165 fascinating objects to life – most of which have never been seen before. 

Some of the items on show include the Virgin Rainbow, the “most spectacular piece of opal ever unearthed” from the desert soil of Cooper Pedy, a fragment of Mars the Nakhla Martian meteorite which fell to Egypt in 1911 and incredibly preserved giant sloth bones found in Argentina in 1787.

Image: Sia Duff.
Image: Sia Duff.
Image: Sia Duff.
The incredible exhibit features preserved giant sloth bones which date back to 1787 and a fragment of a meteorite from 1911.
Image: Sia Duff.

South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman is thrilled with the new exhibit, which will run until August 8. 

“These stories, selected from the Museum’s vast collection, are fundamental to understanding and documenting the history, cultures and natural history of South Australia” he says. 

Wonders is for lovers of fascinating stories, whatever your age and is a fitting tribute to our 165-year milestone”. 

The South Australian Museum stands proudly as one of the world’s oldest museums, having been established on 18 June 1856, just 20 years after the State was founded. As well as being one of the first museums in Australia is it also one of the most visited in the whole country, packed with inspiring collections of both national and international significance. 

Admired globally as a world-class scientific and cultural institution the museum is also home to the world’s largest Australian Aboriginal cultural collection, which houses 30,000 different objects.  

Find the South Australian Museum on North Terrace. 

Read more about the 165th anniversary celebrations and the museum’s current exhibits here.

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