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The Australian Museum, the nation’s first museum founded more than 190 years ago, is committed to its leading work in scientific research, STEM education and creating world-class exhibitions for Australian and international visitors alike. As the custodian of over 20,000 cultural objects held in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection and many thousands from across the Pacific, the AM is also an important site of cultural exchange and learning.

The AM's exciting redevelopment plans aim to expand public floor space to improve the experience for museum visitors and attract major international touring exhibitions.

Project Discover

This year, the Australian Museum’s place at the cultural and scientific heart of the city will be greatly enhanced as Project Discover kicks off. With a budget of $57.5 million, including $50.5 million from the NSW Government and $7 million to be raised, Project Discover will facilitate the first stage of the Museum’s transformation.

COX Architecture alongside the firm behind the award-winning Crystal Hall, Neeson Murcutt, are leading the design, which will be completed in time to deliver the global blockbuster exhibition, Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh in early 2021 – the most significant collection of artefacts ever to leave Egypt.

Kane Constructions, who collaborated with Neeson Murcutt, to build Crystal Hall have been selected as the successful tenderer to undertake Project Discover. Kane Constructions are a multi-award winning, privately-owned, commercial construction company with extensive experience in building quality, contemporary buildings, and were selected following a robust procurement process conducted by Create Infrastructure and NSW Public Works.

Project Discover will enable the Australian Museum to repurpose existing storage space to significantly expand the touring exhibition halls to 1500 square metres across two levels – allowing the AM to host either one major exhibition or two exhibitions simultaneously.

As well as the transformed exhibition spaces, the redevelopment will also create new education facilities, a new museum shop, a second café, expanded Members' Lounge, cloaking and new amenities.

Visitors, members and partners of the AM can stay informed about Project Discover via the website and can register their interest below to receive email updates.

Enquires can also be directed to the Project Discover team at the Australian Museum via email: project.discover@austmus.gov.au
Telephone: 1300 DISCOVER
Mail: Australian Museum Project Discover
1 William Street
Sydney NSW 2010

Key service upgrades

Visitor experience

● Repurposing existing storage space within the museum to create a new, flexible 1500sqm touring exhibition hall capable of staging major international exhibitions

● New Members’ Lounge facing Cook & Phillip Park and St Mary’s Cathedral

● Dedicated groups entry directly off William Street, with a new accessible bus drop off and pick up bay

● Enhanced accessibility with a drop off zone and street level entry on William Street, linking to one of the museum’s elevators

● Improved circulation and wayfinding throughout the museum with a new central staircase to help access throughout the building

● New escalators providing seamless circulation throughout the museum’s exhibitions and Atrium

● Creation of a new AM Store located adjacent to the expanded entry/exit zone next to the award-winning Crystal Hall

● Additional family café on Level 2

● More of the museum’s sandstone heritage revealed


● New interactive education areas catering for toddlers through to Year 10 students, integrating museum programs linked to the syllabus

● Two new flexible education rooms which can be converted into one large space, ideal for talks and presentations after hours

● Dedicated education amenities including student toilets, water stations and bag storage

● New audio visual presentation equipment


● Upgrading the Museum’s public amenities (including additional toilets, a baby change and accessible bathroom and new cloaking facilities) catering for families and people with accessibility needs

● Dedicated amenities for students as part of the upgraded education facilities on Lower Ground


● New and improved entry off William Street for students and education groups, fully accessible and able to cater for guest and carer drop off.

Register your interest

Keep up to date on Project Discover and the global blockbuster exhibition, Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, coming to the Australian Museum in early 2021 – the most significant collection of artefacts ever to leave Egypt.

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