What's on: Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Have you ever wondered what could be in the Australian Museum’s Collection?
- Event Type:
- Everyday event
- 11am - 1pm
Sneak a peek at this irreplaceable collection of more than 16 million objects and experience incredible treasures – creatures large and small, birds and mammals, ancient fossils and precious minerals, plus incredible cultural artefacts from Indigenous Australia and the Pacific
Join us on an exclusive, personal tour of Australia’s first museum with our platinum and family behind-the-scenes tours. See the Museum’s mysterious depths as you are led on a private viewing of the Museum’s secured, priceless collections.
- The Tasmanian Tiger – one of 140 specimens of extinct species in the Museum’s collection
- Items collected by Captain James Cook and spears in the Pacific Collection
- The Goliath Tarantula – a South American spider that can grow as large as a dinner plate
- ‘Painted ladies’ opals in the Gem Vault
- Exotic butterfly and beetle collection
- The taxidermy lab
Book now for Sydney’s leading scientific and cultural experience. Your VIP status also includes a postcard pack of images from the tour as well as general entry into the Museum.
11am every day
$88 (per person) / $77 (per person for group bookings 6 -11 people)
Members: $68 (per Member) / $20 (per Member's guest)
Length: 2 hours.
Minimum age: 12 years
- Family Tour
11am, first Saturday and Sunday of each month
$50 (1 adult & 1 child) / $20 (additional adult) / $15 (additional child)
Members: $45 (1 adult & 1 child) / $15 (additional adult) / $10 (additional child)
Length: 1 hour
Minimum age: 8 years
How to book
Phone (02) 9320 6009, email us (or book online below for the Family Tour). Bookings are essential and required by 3 pm two working days prior.
Tours limited to maximum of 11 people per tour
Exclusive group tours for 6 or more people can be arranged on request – ideal for corporate team-building events, clubs, social groups and community groups. Conditions apply.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Tours run on schedule. Please arrive 15 minutes prior the start of your tour to allow the tour to start on time.
Wear comfortable clothing and closed in shoes as there is a lot of walking.
Tour accessibility is limited by narrow passageways and stairs. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special requirements and we will endeavour to accommodate you.
Certain collection areas contain naphthalene, a pungent chemical used in preserving samples. If you have an allergy to naphthalene or experience respiratory difficulties please inform the tour guide before taking the tour.
For security reasons, you may not take mobile phones, cameras, videos, other electrical equipment, bags, food or drink on the tour. All items must be cloaked before the tour departs.
Elements of the Behind the Scenes Tour and exhibits at the Australian Museum are subject to change without prior notice.