Welcome to the Australia’s oldest museum! This is the Australian Museum that has a global status with regards to the anthropology as well as natural history. Set up in 1827, this museum is obviously the first museum of the nation. It is the home of various collections that belong to the fields of vertebrate as well as invertebrate zoology, anthropology, palaeontology, and mineralogy. Besides the exhibitions, the Australian Museum is also the hub of research, local studies, and community programs.
The museum for most of the onlookers in Sydney is the brown, thick, as well as musty edifice seen on the corner of the Park as well as College Sts. It is just a few steps away from the St. Mary’s Cathedral. This now called Australian Museum was once known as the Sydney Museum or the Colonial Museum. Today, it is the hustling site where you need to come along with your children certainly because of the dinosaur exhibitions and some more such interesting exhibits.
In this natural history museum, you will come across a vast Australian wildlife collection, Aboriginal history artifacts, as well as archeological displays that are really centuries old. In short, all exhibits at the Australian Museum have that appealing feature via which the locals, tourists, families, adults, and kids are attracted.
One of the most probing exhibits is the set of the indigenous displays that appeal especially to the tourists of other countries/states. There is no doubt that the museum offers a great chance to peep into the fascinating Australian indigenous life as well as culture. To experience this, head on to the Level G that houses the Indigenous Australians exhibition. Look for the items of Aboriginal as well as the Torres Strait Islander art, artifacts, and the implements that offer a glimpse into the exclusivity of the local culture. And yes, if you come here on Sunday at noon or at 2 pm, you will get to see the performances of the didgeridoo music along with the indigenous dance.
Australia is well known for its gemstones as well as minerals. So, if you are a great fan of the Australian minerals and gemstones, the museum has a special exhibit for you named Planet of Minerals that is housed on Level 1. This is where your will also shimmer along with the far reaching glow of countless dazzling items that were once hidden beneath the Australian soil.
Are you an aficionado of wildlife? Well, go one level up on Level 2 where the More than Dinosaurs and Birds and Insects displays will stun you. This is a visual as well as educational spot in the museum where you not only get information, but also get to see the specimens of big, indigenous, and notorious insects as well as spiders, especially the skeletal specimens of snakes and reptiles.
9.30 am to 5 pm daily, Except Christmas
Child (5 – 15 yrs): $6
Family (2 adult, 2 children): $30
Family (1 adult, 2 children): $18
Reaching the museum
Train is the most convenient medium to reach at this museum. Get off at the Museum station that is located in the Hyde Park from where only a short walking brings you to the museum. As this station is along the City Circle route, many trains from the south, southwest, and west of Sydney stop here.
It is also easy to come here by bus passing via the Park St, Elizabeth St, or Liverpool St in downtown. Your stop will be the Hyde Park that is very near to the museum. Avoid coming here by car as street parking is an issue. However, you can still find one close by.