The Waterhouse Club is a major support group of the South Australian Museum  and has just celebrated 30 years since its inception.

The Club offers access to the Museum’s scientists
The South Australian Museum’s scientists are at the centre of our Club’s program and their talents and exciting discoveries are showcased by the Club’s exceptional expeditions and events. The Club founded in 1987, is young in spirit and experimental in its diverse program.

For example, a recent expedition provided Club members the opportunity to visit the Ediacara fossil fields in the Flinders Ranges. These outstanding fossil deposits represent the first complex life on earth. So significant are they that the location of Ediacara has given its name to a new geological era – Ediacaran Period (635-540 million years). Sir David Attenborough in his documentary “First Life” filmed at this site, where he and South Australian Museum staff talked of its significance.

Under the expert guidance of the Museum’s Doctors Jim Gehling and Diego Garcia-Bellido expeditioners were able to visit the fossils in situ and the prospective World Heritage sites.

Education, entertainment and travel.
The Club’s aims are to enlighten and have a good time – standards are high and events are staged with flair.  Destinations are chosen for their scientific interest and beauty, often with privileged access. We aim to see the world through the multi-disciplined eyes of the Museum, which can be a life transforming experience.

Your kind of people
The Club’s objective is to provide a network of influential people to give support to The Museum through influence and raising money for the Museum Foundation. On joining, you can expect to be among people who are at a stage in life when they can take an interest in the natural world and let their curiosity flourish through access to authoritative knowledge.

Separate from the Waterhouse Club, the Museum has an excellent program of activities for families and children which is best accessed through  Museum Membership.

Interpretation at the Flinders Ranges Ediacara fossil fields with Dr Jim Gehling