Established in 1827, Australian Museum is the country's oldest museum, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history and indigenous studies. Located in the heart of the city, near Hyde Park, the museum includes collections of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, and anthropology. Apart from its permanent exhibitions, the museum is also involved with international research efforts in the field of aboriginal studies and hosts a number of educational programs. The museum was originally conceived and developed along the contemporary European model of an encyclopedic warehouse of cultural and natural history. Over time, the building has evolved to encompass a range of architectural styles. Arrange your visit to Australian Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sydney using our Sydney day trip planning app.
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Australia Museum is a heritage-listed and oldest museum in Australia. Go on a journey of learnings and discovering the exhibits here of dinosaurs, wild planet showcasing life on earth in its glorious.... more
Australia Museum is a heritage-listed and oldest museum in Australia. Go on a journey of learnings and discovering the exhibits here of dinosaurs, wild planet showcasing life on earth in its glorious.... more »
I have been to Sydney many times but have never visited the Australian Museum. They have beautiful exhibitions and plenty of people who can assist if you have queries. The wildlife exhibition is..... more
I have been to Sydney many times but have never visited the Australian Museum. They have beautiful exhibitions and plenty of people who can assist if you have queries. The wildlife exhibition is..... more »
Was the best day to be able to see history and we went for the National Geographic Nature Photography Awards. Was the best experience for the day. Take some time, and have a lot of time, if you are to go to the museum. Was awesome. It is an amazing experience to see Australia's history, via, explorers, and pioneers of the different areas in the eras that they are from. However, please do not confuse my experience with history, with the history of Australia. Go and see for yourself.
Had a good morning taking my grandson to see the dinosaurs exhibition then he played in the dinosaur play area. HISTORY The Australian Museum was founded in 1827 it is the nation's first museum. It's aim was to procure"many rare and curious specimens of Natural History". The first custodian was appointed in1829 his name William Holmes the museum was located in the old post office building in Macquarie Place it was initially know as the Sydney Museum or Colonial Museum, the institution was formally named that Australian Museum in 1836. The museum finally moved to its current location after the construction of the new building started in 1846 and the museum opened to the public in 1857at the time it had only one exhibition gallery. The building was designed by architect Mortimer Lewis since then the museum has been modified many times to accommodate the growing needs of exhibitions, collections and staff. Dr George Bennett was appointed as Curator in 1835 a distinguished naturalist and medical practitioner, Bennett later published the first catalogue of the Museum's collections. The first Australian to lead the museum was Edward Ramsay he was appointed in 1874. The museum has grown to an internationally recognised collection of over 21 million cultural and scientific objects. The museum is committed to presenting scientific evidence and cultural truths derived through their research and collections and First Nations people's traditional knowledge. Their mission is to ignite wonder, inspire, debate and drive change. Their vision is to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. They commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations culture and continue to develop world leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs. Through the exhibitions and other public programs the Australian Museum continues to inform and amaze generations of visitors about the unique flora, fauna and cultures of Australia and the Pacific.
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