What's on: Long Gallery

Welcome to Australia's first gallery. Please note: The Long Gallery is currently closed for renovations.

Curious Treasures – The Long Gallery #3

Curious Treasures – The Long Gallery #3
Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

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The Long Gallery is currently closed for renovations.

Explore our quirky cabinets of curiosities in our magnificent Long Gallery.

The Long Gallery at the Australian Museum is being transformed to showcase rare and fascinating items from our vast collection including prized skeletons, extinct mammals, rare insects, ancient minerals and items from the internationally-renowned Indigenous and Pacific collections.

See more at: australianmuseum.net.au/longgallery

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.

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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