- All Year Round, Daily | Except December 25.
- 09:30 to 17:00.
- 1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010.
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About the Australian Museum:
Founded in 1827, the Australian Museum was the first institution of its kind to be established in Australia. Its rich collections of flora, fauna and human artefacts make it a leading anthropological and natural history museum. During your visit, explore a vast collection of objects ranging from ancient stone tools to dinosaur bones. All in all, the Australian Museum boasts some 18 million items.
Discover preserved animal specimens, precious minerals and cultural artefacts from Australia and the wider Pacific. As well as these native and regional items you'll also encounter treasures from other parts of the world, such as Egypt, Japan and Indonesia. Don't feel you have digest it all one sitting; once you redeem your ticket it will offer full day admission whether you leave the building or not.
Upon entry, a giant dinosaur sets the scene. You may wish to start your visit in the nearby skeletons gallery, where you'll receive literal insights into Australian wildlife both ancient and modern. Bask in the vast frame of a fossilised dinosaur and appreciate the complex internal structures of snakes, turtles and more.
Above the skeletons gallery is a section for rocks and minerals. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the largest gold nugget ever found on Australian soil, weighing an astonishing 71 kg!
Many more zoological discoveries await visitors to the Australian Museum. If you're feeling brave seek out the continent's most most venomous spiders, or simply appreciate the museum's beautiful butterfly collection. There's even a whole host of Australian bird species, in taxidermy form that is.
Interested in creatures from the past? As well as dinosaurs the Australian Museum features numerous extinct Pleistocene animals such as Megalania, Procoptodon and the hulking Diprotodon, a member of the koala family that stood an impressive 2 meters in height and weighed 3 tons. This beast is believed to have become extinct 50,000 years ago, around the same time as the first humans began arriving on Australian shores. You'll also witness more recent victims of the Anthropocene, namely the Tasmanian tiger, better known as Thylacine.
The history of Australia's Aboriginal people is another key focus of the Australian Museum. Its exhibitions showcase a rich cultural diversity while at the same time highlighting contemporary problems faced by the native population. As a matter of fact, it's one of the museum's most popular sections. The artwork displays are beautiful, with many featuring representations of nature that are strikingly modern in style. Defining characteristics include dots, stripes and earthen colours such as ochre, red, black and white.
The Aborigines have many creation myths. In these stories the snake is a prominently recurring motif, possibly due to the fact that this animal was closely associated with bodies of water, and was assumed to control this most precious natural resource. Discover many more fascinating tales during your own visit to the Australian Museum.
- All public areas of the museum are accessible to wheelchair users and mobility scooters via ramps, elevators and automatic doors. Wheelchairs can be borrowed from the Admission Desk.
- Toilets are located on every level. Wheelchair accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are available on Levels G and 2.
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Australian Museum.
- Coin operated storage lockers are available in the Atrium on Level G. 4-hour rental costs $2.00 AUD.
- Still and video photography are permitted in all permanent exhibitions and most temporary exhibitions. Staff should, however, be consulted before taking photographs in the Indigenous Australians: Australia's First Peoples exhibition.
- The museum has a gift shop that's open from 09:30-17:00.