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Australian Museum

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Address: 1 William Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9320 6000
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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.

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A mix of old and new - Great for kids!

Brought my sisters kids here to enjoy an hour or two of looking around. The fossil section was very nice. Great for the adults and kids. The gemstone section was also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Amy S
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North Sydney, Australia

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Singapore
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been to some great museums, but this has to be one of the best. The collection of zoological creatures are just amazingly expansive. History write up is clear and seems thoroughly conducted, especially on the indigenous Australians. The most interesting section of the museum for me and my family is that of Aussie history, animals and insects where... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i took my children to this museum on a rainy day thinking that we would spend a couple of hours. We ended up staying more than six hours until the museum was closed. It's a great place for all ages and well organised, informative and even entertaining.

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Thank Leela888
Tuebingen, Germany
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46 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family of four spent several very enjoyable hours at this excellent museum. The exhibit on Australian Aboriginal culture was especially well done and beautiful to behold; clearly a great deal of care, research and creativity went into this. The many other displays were equally well done and this is a great place to spend a day.

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Thank Janice L
Atlanta, GA
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585 reviews
205 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Australian Museum has an extensive collection of critters from all over the country: mammals, birds, reptiles, minerals, etc. Of course the animals are all dead and stuffed. They also have a large collection of dinosaur skeletons looming over the atrium. We particularly enjoyed the collection of masks from indigenous peoples in the Pacific region. Entitled Pacific Spirit, it appears... More 

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Thank GPBurdell67
Beaudesert, Australia
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting day out for adults and children of all ages. There is a great dinosaur display at the moment and you can wander around all day looking at all there is to offer. The bird and mineral display are excellent. On offer also is children's birthday events. Can thoroughly recommend seeing this lovely museum and all... More 

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Paris, France
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129 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative and interesting place for all ages. While kinds can enjoy the animals you can learn a lot about the history of Australia. I was particularly touched by the situation of indigenous Australians.

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Thank GeorgeGii
Wiltshire
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170 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Australian Museum, in Sydney. You would expect it to be top notch. We were bitterly disappointed. Old style exhibits, few interactive points with the visitors and generally an old fashioned museum. Cafe was dirty and had an unkempt look about it as well. The curator needs to go to Melbourne, see how they display items and bring them to... More 

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North Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brought my sisters kids here to enjoy an hour or two of looking around. The fossil section was very nice. Great for the adults and kids. The gemstone section was also educational. The Australian wildlife area was also a hoot! The kids got a big scared of the large crocodile statue. They have a cafe on level 4, however, that... More 

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Thank Amy S
Port Stephens, Australia
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a delight to visit. Each exhibit brings happiness to the children that venture around its halls. Thank you Australian Museum for such a wonderful experience for my family.

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Thank Paul B
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Their dinosaur displays are awesome and so are their current special exhibit which is the trail blazer. My kids loved them which makes up all the ticket expense. The layout can be confusing but you get the hang of it immediately. My only complaint is there's no nappy bin in the baby changer.

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