Santos Museum of Economic Botany


Step back in time to 1881 and discover the importance of plants in our lives; past, present and future.

Part of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia and 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.


Bunha-bunghanga, Tarnanthi Exhibition by Jonathon Jones

Highlights the scale of Aboriginal agriculture and lawn management across south-east Australia which over countless generations shaped the landscape. The exhibition features an installation of large-scale grindstones, soundscape and works on paper, alongside displays of traditionally harvested native grasses from the State Herbarium’s collection.


Fruit Model Showcase.

Fungi Model Showcase.

Fiona Hall’s Grove is a cabinet of curiosities that explores the relationship between nature and culture.

Khai Liew’s Exhibition Space is a distinctive installation in timber and brass.

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