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Australian Museum
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Ranked #57 of 469 things to do in Sydney
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Owner description: 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.
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

the museum has some very interesting permanent exhibits and is perpetually updating these, as well as having some very interesting traveling exhibitions, for example, the alexander the great exhibit and the teracota warriors were some of my favourites.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Always Something New”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

We come here a few times every year. There is always something new and great if you are interested in dinosaurs. My son loves this place too....

Visited September 2012
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“Showing its age”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

I tend to really enjoy museums, but found this one to be fairly underwhelming. The focus seems to be more towards children, which is fine, but overall I found the building to have a lot of wasted space that could have packed in more displays.

This is a fairly typical national-level museum. By that, I mean that it has a national focus towards general exhibits…ie. minerals of Australia, animals of Australia, dinosaurs formerly of Australia, etc. Kids will love the dinos but will probably be bored to tears looking at rock samples. Some of the areas unique to Australia such as the Aboriginal displays were very interesting, but also very small.

If you’re pressed for time and can only see one attraction in the Hyde Park area, I would recommend choosing the Hyde Park Barracks over the museum. While it does have the Aussie focus, I just found the museum to be dated with a lot of similar exhibits to other national-level museums in other countries – so if you’ve been to the Smithsonian, you’re not really going to miss much. Nothing here really stood out as a “must-see.”

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Was better before it got the internal make over but still interesting. Liked the visiting exhibits a lot, they always get great ones.

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Alexander the Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Pretty good exhibition - if a bit wordy. This is a particular issue as that isn't conducive to massive crowds. Queuing to read lots of stuff that you can read anywhere. The interactive map was great for the kids and I think the exhibition would have been more engaging if there was more of that. There is a lot to see and it is exhausting - a few more seats wouldn't have gone astray! Try and see it when there aren't too many people - we went around 12 and when we came out at 1 there was nobody queuing.

Visited January 2013
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