Australian Museum, Sydney

Australian Museum, Sydney (must see)

The Australian Museum is the oldest in Australia and showcases an array of natural history and anthropological exhibits. It is an interesting and entertaining museum for visitors of all ages.

The museum was founded by the Earl of Bathurst who was the Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1845. It was housed in many temporary locations until it moved into its present building. The handsome sandstone structure was designed by architect James Barnet and opened for public viewing in 1857.

At first, exhibits at the museum included stuffed birds and animals focusing on the flora and fauna of Australia and the South Pacific. After 30 years anthropological exhibits about the indigenous people of Australia were included in the display. Objects unearthed by archaeological expeditions about the first European settlements in the country are also showcased at the museum.

Special temporary exhibitions and programs are held for young and old visitors. Children are fascinated by the dinosaur gallery and the special interactive space in the museum designed for young visitors. There are lectures and workshops for adult visitors and ‘Scientist for a Day’, programs for children. The Museum also hosts performances by local musicians and dance companies on Sunday afternoons.

Tip:
Don't forget to take the Official Sydney Guide at the airport or at one of the tourist information stands to get a coupon discount for the ticket.
You can re-enter as many times as you like on the day, so have a little picnic/siesta in the park before going back inside for more.
Otherwise, try the rooftop (level 4) café for excellent views of the city and a nice rest in between galleries.
The special exhibits that they have throughout the year are worth keeping an eye out for.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5pm

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Sight Name: Australian Museum
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney  

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