Fast Facts for Tourists

Quick facts about the Australian Museum for travellers.

  • The oldest museum in Australia established in 1827 and still has over 100 scientists working in its collections and research areas.
  • Surviving Australia and Indigenous Australians exhibition are the most popular with international tourists.
  • Surviving Australia opened in June 2008 and follows the true stories of Australia’s native animals and how they have adapted and survived over millions of years.
  • See realistic specimens of Australia’s top 10 venous snakes, enjoy the interactive plasma screen of Australia’s dangerous animals in Surviving Australia.
  • Indigenous Australians exhibition emphasises the strengths of Indigenous cultures and explores the Indigenous history from before European colonisation to the present day, your guests can have an Indigenous experience right in the heart of Sydney.
  • Families like the dinosaurs, birds and insects and planet of minerals exhibition as well as the famous skeleton exhibition. See What's On for more information.
  • Free guided tours everyday at 11.00am and 2.00pm subject to availability.
  • There are also non permanent exhibitions changing throughout the year.
  • Yes, the museum has an Egyptian mummy and you can find out about insects and spiders in our search and discover area.
  • Our Dinosaur exhibition uses life-sized models, giant skeletons and realistic animations to tell the real story behind the demise of the dinosaurs.
  • Only 1% of the museum artefacts are on show we are the only museum in Australia and only one of a few in the world to offer daily pre-booked Behind the Scenes tours.
  • Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children 5-15 years, children under 5 are free, family passes are also available.
  • Allow 2-3 hours in the museum which represents great value and is an all weather attraction.
  • The Australian Museum shop has all the souvenir requirements that you may need from books, Indigenous artefacts and dinosaur toys.
  • Open everyday except Christmas Day 25 December – 9.30am – 5.00pm.

Contact us

Call Carole Betts on +61 2 9320 6277 or email for more information.


Carole Betts , Tourism Coordinator
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