Using Search & Discover
We help visitors find information about Australian animals, environments and Indigenous cultures.
Our wide range of resources and connections to researchers help us identify answers to a broad range of natural history questions while providing an engaging hands-on exhibit space for all visitors. Some of our resources are...
There are a variety of reptile, mammal and bird specimens for visitors to see and touch. There are also shells and bones for you to pick up, feel and identify yourself. In Search & Discover you can pat a Platypus, pose for a photo next to a well-behaved kangaroo and see a Koala up close.
Just like in the Museum's collection areas, specimens are are arranged neaty in drawers with labels that allow you to put a name to the many species of snails, insects and spiders that are found in Australia, particularly in Sydney.
Amongst the preserved specimens there are glimpses of movement from the many live animals on display. The live animals which call this space home include lizards and frogs from semi-arid Australia, freshwater crustaceans, spiders, stick insects and other invertebrates. Try to find the well camouflaged stick and leaf insects (also known as phasmids) that are displayed near the enquiry desk. For those 'Arachno-philes' be sure to check out the Sydney Funnel-web Spider, Atrax robustus, in its underground burrow beneath a rock, as well as other species of spider.
Books and information folders
For those with research questions and assignments as well as those who are just bookworms; there is a vast selection of identification guides, information sheets that cover all areas of the Museum's areas of expertise; zoology, geology and anthropology. In addition there are books and articles covering other scientific topics such as botany, astronomy and gereral science. There are many books written to help children understand science as well as storybooks.
There is free internet access for visitors to check email and social media as well as find more resources to help answer questions and do research. You can also explore the Australian Museum's online resources and keep up to date with news from across the Museum's public programs and science sections.
Have a question that you can't research yourself? Found an animal at home that you can't identify? Not sure what kind of bird it is that you have photographed? We can help. You can contact us to lodge an enquiry and we will do our best to answer questions and put you in touch with the best sources of information.
Connecting with other Museums and Information Centres
The Australian Museum's areas of study include Australasian animal life and geology as well as indigenous cultures from Australia and the South-west Pacific. If a query falls outside of the Australian Museum's field of expertise we will put you in contact with the most relevent instiution or authority.We are your enquiry centre!
Chris Hosking , Interpretive Officer