The Santos Museum of Economic Botany is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19.
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Step back in time to 1881 and discover the importance of plants in our lives; past, present and future.
The last of its kind in the world the Santos Museum of Economic Botany is home to an amazing permanent collection, much of which dates back to the original museum display 130 years ago. Also on show are intriguing, beautiful and immersive touring exhibitions which are sure to inspire.
The museum showcases countless plants and their various uses with a focus on minimising waste.
The building is a treasure in itself and has been lovingly restored featuring many original details.
Fruit Model Showcase
Made in Germany these delightful papier-mâché fruit models are for more than just admiring, they were used to educate farmers on establishing crops in the 1800s.
Fungi Model Showcase
Can you spot the real fungi? Challenge yourself as you explore the collection of 210 papier-mâché models showcasing fungi in different stages of growth.
Be spellbound as you discover artist Fiona Hall’s Grove, a cabinet of curiosities that explores the relationship between nature and culture.
The present blends with the past in designer Khai Liew’s exhibition space, a distinctive installation in timber and brass.
Wednesday - Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
From Saturday 29 February - 8 June 2020, see art in the museum as part of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres. During this time, the museum will be open every day from 10am-4pm.