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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
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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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Most exhibits are absolutely brilliant, with the perfect level of interactivity if you want more information, some are a little more lackluster. I visited while the Australian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was okay, it's not really my cup of tea. There were lots of animals and insects displayed. The natural geographic photographic display was awesome, the best part of the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most exhibits are absolutely brilliant, with the perfect level of interactivity if you want more information, some are a little more lackluster. I visited while the Australian Nature Photographer of the Year exhibit was on. I would definitely recommend the extra few dollars, it's a beautiful exhibit if you like nature and wildlife. I don't believe it is the most... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You would expect this to be a feature national museum and although it's fairly big, I left underwhelmed. There are lots of samey displays and I just didn't feel, well, informed. I also followed the signs up the stairs to the rooftop cafe (four flights) and found the door locked, no signs anywhere. I then took the lift and found... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I do visit it alteast once a year and I went just on Sunday to check out the Australian Geographic Photography exhibition which was very inspiring, I would recommend to visiting before 9th of October which is the end date. The general admission to the museum is also a must, very interesting subjects about history and science.

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Navi Mumbai, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got caught in a storm and decided to catch-up on the Museum. Quite a nice couple of hours while it poured outside. Nothing mind-blowing but quite informative.

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Mussoorie, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very intriguing place, which besides a museum has a host of other things. It gives you a crisp view of the history, culture and geology of Australia. Two things which particularly sets it apart, a section of the precious stones and meteorites found in Australia, and their roof top café. One should definitely visit this place.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been extended until the 9th October so we decided to go along. Tickets are $25 each for adults or $30 for a combo deal (before Ticketek sneak a booking fee on) so we thought it was a no brainer to do both. Really enjoyed both showings, although I was quite surprised when the Early Life one finished after 20mins,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

With only 1month validity left on our Victorian museum membership we always take advantage of the reciprocal entry when on visits to other states and the Australian Museum never disappoints. Being the oldest in Australia they have r reinvented their enormous collection of taxidermy to better reflect current scientific research and it was with amusement I viewed the 100 year... More 

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Thank Stacey689
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were here 2 1/2 years ago and it was interesting then. Now with renovations it's even able to have more "floor space" and new displays. The gift shop has become more touristy, more souvenirs, and such. On the other hand, there's now a full cafe with breakfast and lunch items.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good for a rainy afternoon and not too expensive ($15). This isn't the biggest museum out there but it is good. It had a very interesting section on Australia's First People and some of the difficulties they have endured. Only grip is that I would have liked to see more. Great section on Australia dinosaurs and birds.

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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.