What's on: Search and Discover Centre

Search. Discover. Question. Investigate Nature and Cultures. Explore. Enquire.

Search & Discover

Search & Discover
Photographer: Carl Bento © Australian Museum

Want FREE general admission all year round?

Event Type:
Everyday event
09.30 AM to 05.00 PM
Level 2, Search & Discover
Free after admission

With thousands of objects, animals and fossils at your fingertips Search & Discover is our enquiry centre, a showcase of the museum’s collection and provides a rich interactive experience for all visitors.

What can you do here?

  • Observe up close our living animals. Learn about their lifecycles and watch their behavior.
  • Get hands on. Touch and interact with museum objects, discover minute details of animals and insects using real scientific equipment.
  • Inquire. Find answers to your questions. Ask our staff, peruse our books and magazines, log onto our computers and explore our specimens and objects.
  • Talk to an expert. Is that a rock or fossil you found in your garden? Is the spider living in your kitchen dangerous? Our friendly expert staff are on hand to help answer your questions.
  • Hone your own research skills. Use reference books, the latest magazines and online resources to solve your own queries and work on your own projects.
  • Examine real Museum specimens. Look under the microscope and discuss your findings with Museum experts.
  • Touch and feel a preserved echidna. Take photos of many other specimens on display. Kids (and big kids) love feeling the different textures that you'd never normally get to touch.
  • Meet our live animals, from a bearded dragon to stick insects.
  • Learn about the human story and examine the physical evidence (skull casts, replica artefacts and real stone tools) that help us piece together the evolutionary journey of modern humans.
  • Browse the collection drawers and see everything from beetles and parrots to mammal bones and shells right up close.

Do you have a question about Australian animals and environments, Indigenous Australian and Pacific cultures or the Museum’s science and collections? Visit us here at the Centre or go to our Ask the Experts page.

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