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“Worth a visit for Australian History”
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Australian Museum
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Australian Museum General Entry Ticket
Ranked #57 of 487 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.
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Various exhibits on show including dinosaurs, Australia's natural wildlife and its Eco-system and aboriginal people.

I found it really interesting having never been to Australia before. I would definitely suggest getting a local tourist guide as it offers 20% off admission into the museum but saying that it isn't expensive to get in.

Would definitely do it again when the next exhibition starts.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

This is a great museum, we took our 2 1/2 year old mainly to see the dinosaur exhibit and it didn't disappoint he had a great time and the kid space area was a great bonus. Would recommend this to spend a couple of hours at, was lots of fun even if all the taxidermy bird room was a little creepy :) would be good if the shop had some more trashy cheap souvenirs with the museums name on it to buy for the kids ie magnets or pens etc.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Australian Museum is a grand Sydney institution, loved by generations who remember gazing up at the whale skeleton when they first visited as children.

The Museum is a classic natural history museum, with excellent exhibits about (mostly) Australian animals, plants and rocks. It also has collections of Aboriginal and Pacific Island culture, and has an exhibition about Australian Indigenous culture. As others have noted, it doesn't cover contemporary Australian culture - for that you need to go to the Museum of Sydney (on Bridge Street), or the National Museum of Australia, in Canberra.

The Australian Museum a bit of a rabbit warren as new galleries have been added over the years to the original 19th century sandstone building.

Check out the skeleton gallery with a human in a rocking chair, accompanied by cat and mouse.

Search and Discover is a hands-on area where visitors can follow up their interests by finding out more.

The Museum has a great area for under-5s.

It's easy to spend most of a day there.

Thank Tirralirratripadviso
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

The Australia Museum has extensive collections dealing with Australian animals and geology. If you are interested in those areas, you will really enjoy this museum. We were hoping for exhibits about the people, living conditions, food, housewares, clothing, etc. In other words, we wanted to see the history of the Australia people. The museum did not touch on these areas.

Thank jimandcarolstravels
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austmus, Tourism Coordinator at Australian Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2013

Thank you for your visit to the Australian Museum and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and found it interesting.

The Australian Museum is a world recognised Natural History museum and our focus has always been on natural history, it is a shame that you were expecting something else. If you are after the history of Australian European people settlement in Australia we might suggest perhaps that you visit the Museum of Sydney which should be more what you are after. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your visit to Sydney.

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

First, they have an extremely nice exploration area for small children and some docents who work with the children and take them to some of the exhibits --- like the dinosaurs. So, if you have small children this could be a place for you. There is also a nice exhibit of mounted birds of the area and another that has animals/sea life common in the area.

Normally, there is a traveling exhibit [when we were there it was Alexander the Great] and their permanent collection. We especially like the aboriginal art area and the mineral collection. The traveling exhibit is an extra fee. We didn't bother with this exhibit since we had other plans for the day. They also have a nice cafeteria. So, if you come early, when they open at 10, spend a couple of hours, the cafeteria makes a nice place for lunch - either before leaving or exploring other areas or the traveling exhibit. Allow about 1-2 hours for the permanent collection.

Thank AlandDiane
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