What's on: Skeleton Gallery
Turn on your X-ray vision and enter the hall of bones.
- Event Type:
- Everyday event
- 09.30 AM to 05.00 PM
- Level G, Skeletons Exhibition
- Free after admission
Please note that from late April, some building works will affect access to this gallery and availability of some artefacts on display.
Removed specimens are being prepared for display in our new Wild Planet gallery, opening in July.
Every human and animal skeleton tells a story. Whether they're internal, external, short, flat or hollow, bones speak volumes about the organisms they support. In this fun and fascinating exhibition the Museum takes its skeletons out of the closet for you to see right up close.
Discover how different types of skeletons such as fish and water mammals, land creatures and birds have evolved to cope with their specific environments - and why some animals have two, four or no feet!
Discover how humans have endoskeletons (which means our skeletons are on the inside of our skin) while many other creatures like crabs and spiders have skeletons on the outside called exoskeletons.
Things to do:
- See your own bones at work by riding the popular exercise bike that's attached to a human skeleton. You'll be amazed at how many bones you use!
- Count the bones in a mammal's neck... All mammals (even the tallest giraffes) have 7 vertebrae in their necks; or do they? Our pale-throated sloth may raise a question or two.
- See the oldest natural history diorama in Australia. Our Lord Howe Island window dates back to 1923.
- Browse through the Museum Shop on your way out and pick up a skeleton gift or gift about the natural world including books, toys and games, and the Museum's official souvenir guidebook. Great for kids' presents, local and international tourists, or as a treat for yourself.
Discover our quirky new cabinets of curiosities and get a taste of what our Skeleton Gallery may become in the near future: Curious Treasures – The Long Gallery.
Touch Table Alert!
Look out for the special touch table in this exhibition, it features special pieces from our collection that both little and big kids are encouraged to touch, feel and examine at close range. Chat with trained staff about the specimens and catch up on the Museum's latest research work.
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