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

Official Website: Australian Museum

Fee: No

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Museums

Address: 1 William St
Sydney New South Wales 2010

Phone: +61 2 9320 6000


Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 43 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating I'm obsessed with this museum. It's gorgeous with super interesting exhibits. It's open late on Wednesdays until 9pm (this is when we decided to go and... Read More

Christina R. Aug-17-2023

4 Star Rating The oldest museum in Australia, the fifth oldest natural history museum in the world, and it's free. There is an abundance of learning here. Room after... Read More

Donna B. Jan-22-2023

4 Star Rating For a free museum, it was great! I was confused about whether or not any of the fossils were real, as they looked fake... but who am I to say. Regardless, I... Read More

Caitlyn W. May-04-2023

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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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