The South Australian Museum (SAM) sits proudly on North Terrace, Adelaide’s ‘cultural boulevard’, adjoined by the State Library on one side and the Art Gallery of South Australia on the other. This month, SAM turns 165 making it one of the world’s oldest museums. The state of South Australia had only been founded 20 years earlier. It is amongst the most visited museums in the country and is home to many collections of national and international significance.
As SAM celebrates this milestone with the Wonders exhibition, featuring 165 fascinating objects – most of which are on display for the first time – ArtsHub asked Museum Director Brian Oldman to reflect on the past and anticipate the future.