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Australian Museum

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Address: 1 William St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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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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Interesting museum

Lots to see, I was especially impressed the coverage of the dinosaurs and other extinct creatures and the native animals. The stuffed animals could have been divided up better... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Perth, Australia
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had other plans for the day but the weather put paid to any outdoor activity. Found out about the spider exhibition. I saw a spider exhibition at this museum thinking about 20 years ago. Just updated and up with the times. Absolutely rocked it. I had a ball. Never mind the young kids. This 62 year old loved every minute... More 

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as we assumed this would give us a broad introduction to the history of Australia: geological, anthropological, geographical and political. In that sense, it was a great disappointment. Instead, what you get is a very good collection of traditionally presented Australian fauna. The stuffed beasts and dinosaur bones are well presented and fun to look at. There is... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see, I was especially impressed the coverage of the dinosaurs and other extinct creatures and the native animals. The stuffed animals could have been divided up better into areas of the world or different habitats. The Aboriginal history display was good but not as extensive as those in New Zealand of the Maoris. The mineral and gemstone collections... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really came here just to find out a bit more about the Aboriginal Australians as there seems to be a lack of places that tell their history and culture. This museum seems to be the only one in Sydney. This is a shame as we had just visited New Zealand and the Maori culture is covered extensively across the country.... More 

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit to the Australian Museum last week filled a whole day and was highly informative and a "hands on" experience so much more interesting than in years gone by ( our last visit was 25 years ago). The staff was very helpful and extremely knowledgable. Highly recommended

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just saw the spider exhibition and I thought it was very well done. There were certainly lots of spiders both dead and alive and they were even milking a poor spider as a special treat. A very helpful attendant was only too happy to share her expertise with me and explained the ins and outs of the different exhibits.... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Australian Museum had a special exhibit on the spiders of Australia. It was very interesting. You could learn about Australian many unusual spiders. There were interactive displays. It was fun and would be excellent for children. There are many other things to see at the museum. The most interesting to my wife and I was exhibit devoted to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a lovely time with the Family at Australian Museum spider exhibition was on my young children had the chance to explore Red Back Spiders and Funnel Webs also the inform-ace white tailed spider. My sons really liked the Dinosaur exhibition all in all a great day will take lunch next time Cafe was crowded and expensive park in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there after lunch that's why it's already crowded. I wasn't able to enjoy the exhibits. I guess it's better if you're there early. There's this Alive and Deadly spiders exhibit. You encounter live spiders there so if you're arachnophobic, you might want to stay out of there. There are 4 floors. There's a cafe at the rooftop where you... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Australian Museum is probably the second best museum in the country, bested only my Museum Victoria. The natural history sections are beyond phenomenal, and in particular the dinosaur exhibit is very nostalgic. The exhibits are curated in a way that makes them both exciting and educational.

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