Dogs: a story of our best friend

ustralian Cattle Dog

29 November 2019–26 April 2020

10am - 5pm daily
South Australian Museum


Museum Members receive unlimited FREE VIP entry
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

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?

What to expect: 

  • Explore the history of dogs from a scientific/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 our taxidermist 
  • Check out digital interactives 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

Although designed for all ages there’s lots for kids to enjoy. Including:

  • 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!
  • Play in the dog kennel
  • Crawl through the doggy door
  • Find fun facts in the text panels
  • Take a selfie in the farm scene
  • Explore the activity trail

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.