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Australian Museum

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Address: 1 William St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9320 6000
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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Huge, and a great museum

Very informative and nice exhibits. We only wish that fewer of them were under renovation during our visit. A great source of information and history

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very informative and nice exhibits. We only wish that fewer of them were under renovation during our visit. A great source of information and history

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St Leonards, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the acrophobia display including witnessing the milking of venom from a spider. Well organized and presented and at an affordable cost.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum one morning and enjoyed it a lot. I also found some good gifts for my grand daughters in the shop.

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Pacific Harbour, Fiji
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum as a whole is lacking substance. With that being said the Spiders exhibit was good and I wanted more of the Early Australians exhibit. The rest was blah.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about two hours visiting all floors of the museum. We would have stayed longer had it not been for the screaming children. The highlight is the minerals section on floor one which is quite outstanding in its scope and story telling. With a discount token from a tourist pamphlet and a seniors rate, the total admission price was... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fabulous museum in a great part of Sydney. The exhibits are fantastic, and the work that the museum does is most impressive. We especially loved the Ghost Net Art--but actually--it is impossible to pick a favourite. Don't miss this when visiting Sydney.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was cute, but was more set up for kids than I expected. There were alot of interactive exhibits. A large portion was dedicated to the different animals. It was nice that you could touch everything. The spider exhibit was cute. I think overall it was nice, but I think I was expecting more.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take yourself off to this xpo. Sounds a bit strange,but it's really worth going. It has all info on spiders around the world and they are alive and dead. Never knew there was so much to learn! Also, you can go on to the rest of the displays for the admission price. I'm a senior so it was $16. Saw... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there primarily for the spiders exhibition. This was great in itself but the rest of the museum is very interesting too with a lot of information on pre-european arrival and local wildlife.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Considering the museum is really not very large (it seemed smaller than TMAG in Hobart) I was not overly impressed by the $10 entry charge ($8 concession). The 'know your backyard' area was somewhat interesting and the Indigenous Australians exhibits were informative and very tastefully done, but some galleries felt a bit sterile and temporary. The lack of detail in... More 

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