What's on: Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Have you ever wondered what could be in the Australian Museum’s Collection?

Behind The Scenes group in the Pacific Collection

Behind The Scenes group in the Pacific Collection
Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

Want FREE general admission all year round?

Event Type:
Special event

Sneak a peek at this irreplaceable collection of more than 18 million objects and experience incredible treasures – creatures large and small, birds, mammals and ancient fossils, 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 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
  • Exotic butterfly and beetle collections
  • Get close to a Diprotodon skull in the Palaeontology 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.

How to book

Phone (02) 9320 6163 for more information or to make a reservation. Bookings are essential and required by 3 pm two working days prior.

Booking information:
  • Tour cost: $98 per person ($78 for Museum members)
  • Bookings subject to availability, Tuesday to Saturday.
  • Tours limited to a mimimum of 2 people and a maximum of 11 people per tour. Suitable for ages 12 and over.
  • 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, contact us for more information.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Please note:
  • Tours run on schedule from 11am-1pm. 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.


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