Australian Museum

Visit the Australian Museum (AM), a leading cultural attraction in Sydney with lots to see and do

Floodlit facade of the Australian Museum in Sydney
Floodlit facade of the Australian Museum in Sydney cc licensed photo by Newtown grafitti

Australia’s first ever museum founded in 1827, The Australian Museum offers visitors a great opportunity to explore nature and culture.

"With a mission to ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change, the Australian Museum (AM) is internationally recognised as a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. From transforming the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; to being a strong advocate for First Nations cultures; and to continuing to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs – the AM’s year-round program of lively events and exhibitions aim to shine a spotlight on issues important in society today."

An impressive 22 million objects and specimens are on exhibit in the museum's vast collection.

Some attractions you will not want to miss include stories of indigenous Australians, skeletons and facts about insects and dinosaurs. Be sure to check out the precious stones, minerals, fossils and meteorites to give you a great geological perspective of our planet. Another great attraction of the museum is the specimens of native Australian mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. There is also a broad spectrum of both land and marine environments about whose stories are worth hearing. Here, you also get to enjoy numerous artefacts from indigenous Australia, as well as the Pacific.

First Nations guides can teach you about the cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Visitors can also learn from scientists and thought leaders at regularly scheduled talks and performances.

Visitors may take flash and video photography in all the permanent and most temporary exhibitions other than the Westpac Long Gallery and First Australians galleries.

Round out your visit with a meal at the No. 1 William rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal and panoramic views of Hyde Park, Sydney Harbour and Cathedral Square.

General entry to the Australian Museum is free.

Nearby attractions: Hyde Park, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney Town Hall, St. Andrew's Cathedral, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Sydney Tower.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Australian Museum Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 1 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia

Phone: (02) 9320 6000

Official Website: Australian Museum

Australian Museum Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great place to know the origins of Australia animals. Love the dinosaurs skeletons and all the information given. Has a small cafe to munch, toilets on every floors and admission is free! Amazing educational for both adults and children.
Charlotte Leo - in the last week

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5 Star Rating It is truly an incredible museum. You will see priceless things inside. Models of various animals, skeletons of dinosaurs, minerals from all over the world are exhibited, and most importantly, you can see the solid gold bust of Ramses. The museum is free, but only the Ramses section costs $54 per person. You can buy this ticket online and enter without waiting. Applications are also shown in the virtual reality environment. Technological multi-featured devices were used both to show the things on display and to help children understand some things better. My favorite area was the section with minerals. You see the representative model of 72 kg nugget gold, which is the largest in the world. There is not a single word to say about the original minerals.
mustafa - a month ago

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5 Star Rating It's free to enter with no fuss getting in and out. Part accessible friendly but its tough getting to some floors on busy days like the weekend. plenty to see and the people here are really helpful. Several eateries depending on your budget. A must see to understand some of the unique wonders of this great red land.
Booboo Bingbang - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Ramses & the Gold of the Pharoahs - was a pretty cool experience overall. Getting to see the amazing artefacts in person is amazing, however the downside to our visit on a Sunday was that it was really busy and we had to tiptoe around people for the duration of the exhibition. Some people just don’t come with common sense and it really shows in a jam packed area. Also purchased the golden tickets which I wouldn’t recommend unless you can’t make up your mind on a day and time to visit. The only perks that come with those tickets are the flexibility of your visit and a handheld tour guide, nothing else.
ZOO - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We attended the Ramses and the Gold Pharaohs exhibition, it was amazing. The set up, lighting and the audio throughout the exhibition was brilliant, highly recommended. Afterwards we ventured around the museum and saw the Australian exhibition and all the animals. Very interesting place to visit.
Agnese Regina-Whelan - a month ago

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2 , T3 or T8St. James or Museum7 minutes
L2, T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall7 minutes

How to get to Australian Museum by Train

By Train: exit at St. James Station; and walk south through Hyde Park then left (east) on Park Street, or at Town Hall Station and walk north on George Street and right (east) on Park Street, or at Museum Station and follow the park to Park and College Street (either is about a 7 minute walk).

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