Information about opening times, charges and how to pay at the Australian Museum.

Want FREE general admission all year round? 

Opening times

The Australian Museum is open 9.30am to 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day.

Admission prices

Ticket General Admission
Adult $15
Concession $8
Children under 16 years FREE
Children under 5 years FREE
Booked primary and secondary school students FREE
Museums Australia and ICOM Members FREE
Companion Card-holder's attendant carer FREE

 Australian Museum Members prices

Ticket General Admission
Member Adult FREE
Member Family (2 adults + 2 children) FREE
Member Child (5 -15 years) FREE

Concession categories

Concession cards must be shown upon admission to receive the reduced rate admission charge.

  • Seniors Card-holders (all states)
  • International seniors aged over 60 years
  • International Student Card-holders
  • Australian Student Card-holders
  • Centrelink Healthcare Card-holders
  • Australian Government Pension Card-holders
  • Australian Veterans' Affairs Gold Card-holders


Payment is made at the Admission Desk, Level G. You can pay by cash, eftpos or credit card.

Credit card surcharges apply*.

*As part of a NSW Government requirement, from 1 July 2012 the Australian Museum will apply a surcharge on all transactions made by credit cards. Surcharge rates are determined on a cost-recovery basis only. No surcharge will be incurred when paying with eftpos or cash.

Why do we charge admission?

The NSW Government determines which public institutions charge admission fees. As a non-profit institution we need to self-generate over one third of our total revenue to meet our operating costs. If you would like to support us please consider becoming a Member and enjoying the many benefits this offers; buying a souvenir from our retail shop; or donating to the Australian Museum Foundation.


If you leave the Museum re-entry is free on the day. Please retain your ticket and simply present it to our Admission staff when you return.
Temporary exhibitions
For temporary exhibitions where admission charges apply you will be issued with a ticket. You can usually leave the exhibition and re-enter on the same day provided you show your ticket and the exhibition is not extremely busy.


Please call +61 (0)2 9320 6000 or send us an email.

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