Days at the museum

The South Australian Museum is the place to be in early 2013 if you are a lover of family friendly exhibitions or want to explore the art of science.

Built Tough: The Awesome Roman Empire exhibition is open and showing until Monday, March 11. A hands-on experience for the entire family, this interactive exhibition lets you have a go at pulling ropes and making Roman arches, just as if you were an Ancient Roman thousands of years ago. Have a look at real Gladiator armour, try your hand at some Roman board games and immerse yourself in the fabulous history of ancient Rome.

Another exhibition gracing the museum from Saturday, March 30 until Tuesday, May 19 is The Art of Science: Remarkable Natural History Illustrations from Museum Victoria (pictured). The exhibition showcases the uncommon beauty that was produced over 300 years ago through scientific observation and illustration of some of the world’s most fascinating creatures and animals. The development of scientific art since then has evolved

You will find both exhibitions at the Special Exhibition Gallery on Level G of the museum.

The museum will feature at this year’s WOMADelaide festival at KidZone. An explorer’s tent will be set up with a selection of activities and workshops for the whole family to get involved in.

Also, the SA Museum’s major art prizes and exhibitions will call for entries soon:

Monday, January 14: Entries open for the 2013 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year Competition

Thursday, January 31: Entries open for the 2013 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize Competition

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Captions: Diprotodon (Diprotodon optatum), reconstructed dorsal view by Peter Trusler, 1982, alkyd oil on gesso paper; Head of a Cerambycid beetle (Chlorophorus annularis) (edit) by Ken Walker, 2006, photo montage; Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) by Ludwig Becker, 1855, watercolour and ink on paper

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