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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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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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. 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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A good if not small natural history museum

Very happy with the AM. Good emphasis on domestic creatures. Loved the megafauna and the immortal crocodiles. It was a rainy day and it was a good thing to do on it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
John S
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Toowoomba, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The mineral displays were the best part of the displays in my opinion. The bird and animals displays were faded and jaded and really didn't offer much in the way of information (except for the kids section).

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Thank Margaret S
Nice, France
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a place to spent hours in. Adults pay 16dollar. There are so many different subjects to discover and our kids were excited. During weekdays, school classes are in the museum.

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Thank Phil6676
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very happy with the AM. Good emphasis on domestic creatures. Loved the megafauna and the immortal crocodiles. It was a rainy day and it was a good thing to do on it.

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Thank John S
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is outstanding. The rooms are full of animals and bones from around the world. It is very interesting even for young children. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore this little gem in the heart of Sydney. There is so much to look at you will be lost in time. I highly recommend for family's

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have 4 small children including two with ADHD, one with autism and a toddler so keeping my kids entertained can be a challenge but they LOVED it. It kept their interest for a lot longer than I expected due to the way it is broken up into smaller sections and is so well set out. Museums like this are... More 

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Thank Rebecca H
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three adults, a baby in a pram and a 16 year old visited the Australian Museum. The queue wasn't long and we gained entry pretty quickly. Being Australian school holiday period there were lots of grandparents/parents with children enjoying a visit to the museum. We chose to pay the extra dollars to visit the Trailblazers: Australia's 50 greatest explorers exhibition,... More 

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austmus, Tourism Coordinator at Australian Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your response to your visit to the Australian Museum over the school holidays a busy time. We are glad that you enjoyed our Trailblazers First Explorers exhibition. You are correct, currently there is a lot of refurbishment happening at the museum in all areas, this does take time and closure and reductio of certain areas and our... More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My 2nd time here yet 1st time with my daughter. Nice museum to see everything about Australia. Compact enough yet not too small. Will encourage visitors to find discount coupon as entry fee is not cheap.

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austmus, Tourism Coordinator at Australian Museum, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Australian Museum on the free weekend we had over 10,000 visitors that weekend! Entry into the Australian Museum is $15 for Adults and children 15 years of age and under are free of charge so a family with 2 adults and 3 children would only be $30 to experience the... More 

Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

...so many skeletons to see and lots to touch for a change. We got rained out at Olympic Park so drove into the city to see the museum I have been going to since I was 5, so over 40 years you are still guaranteed a well spaced venue with room to move and take in some of the largest... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a surprise to me. Not only was it great value for money and just $15/ adult, kids are free but so thoroughly enjoyable. We were there with our 5 and 6 year olds for two and a half hours and I still had to drag them out. They loved the section with all the skeleton boned animals, enjoyed... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the young ones who love dinosaurs or simply mammals, the Australian Museum should be a good choice; it is equally interesting and educational for adults alike. My kid was fascinated by, on top of the numerous skeletons of massive dinosaurs and other big animals, the interactive displays and films of different animals shot by National Geographic. It opens everyday... More 

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Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.