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Australian Museum

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Address: 1 William St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
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+61 2 9320 6000
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

Established in 1827, Australia's first museum has a remarkable reputation...

Established in 1827, Australia's first museum has a remarkable reputation in the field of natural history and indigenous studies. With our permanent First Australians gallery taking you beyond the art and artefacts to explore the diverse beliefs and cultures of Australia's first peoples. Surviving Australia exhibition looks at just what is it that makes Australia so different. Follow the true stories of Australia's astonishing native animals and see how they've adapted and survived over millions of years. Featuring Dinosaurs exhibition, Gemstones and Minerals and Birds and Insects exhibition. Our Search and Discover area is a showcase of the Museum's collection and provides a rich i9nteractive experience for all visitors.

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We went to the Australian Museum because of it's advertised spider exhibit. Because we added the spider exhibit, it cost $48 for the two of us, less a $6 total discount (due to a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Warning you need 4 hours easily. They have some great dinosaur exhibits, better than some museums. The Aboriginal exhibits are great and a lot of similarities between the Aboriginal and Americans native Americans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Haven't been to the Australian Museum for years. We went because the Scott sisters exhibition was mentioned on radio - and it was well worth going. The watercolour paintings were produced during the 1850s and 1860s and are a life-size representation drawn from living specimens. There are also display cases of mounted butterflies and moths, the colours of which are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one BIG museum and was thoroughly entertaining. The spider exhibit was fantastic, the knowledge that we gained was ideal and was very interesting. Overall this is a must visit and highly interactive for all ages. The museum was filled with fascinating displays and the heritage of Australia is amazing!! You have done a great job and look forward... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for the spiders exhibit. Fantastic exhibition with great interactive displays. The museum staff were extremely friendly and helpful. There are two places to eat. The Atrium on the ground floor and an upmarket cafe on level 4 called No 1 William. We ate here and there were some great options. Lovely views from here too. There is also... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I first visited this museum in 1953 and absolutely loved the crammed displays of fauna skeletons and other historic bric a brac. I have enjoyed it several times since but this was my first visit in several years and it seems quite cut down these days. It might be because the long gallery is closed for a refurb, but there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Australian Museum because of it's advertised spider exhibit. Because we added the spider exhibit, it cost $48 for the two of us, less a $6 total discount (due to a coupon in the free Sydney guide book). The spider exhibit consisted of mostly dead and stuffed spiders, but also some live spiders. We also saw “The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a lot of unused space in this museum at the moment and some of the exhibitions of the stuffed animals are a bit disappointing but the spider exhibition is great quite expensive

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 5yr old son for a visit and only had to pay for my admission. We loved the display of wild animals and the highlight for my son were the dinosaurs. The other displays were good too plus they had a hands on discovery area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great spider exhibition from real live spiders to large spider models. The whole display was enthralling. It was a rainy day and the children were also having a marvelous time and learning too. The Museum itself has lots of interesting exhibits and many cases of stuffed specimens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this Museum a very informative place for acquiring knowledge on Australian wild life, past and present and for us most importantly information on the indigenous population of Australia, its culture, its way of life and its struggles to become part of modern day Australia. The exhibition on Aboriginal ways of life was extremely interesting. There was also an... More 

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