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  • Permanent exhibition
    Daily from 9.30am–5pm
  • Time to visit
    We recommend 1 hour in the Westpac Long Gallery
  • Tickets
    General admission, no bookings required
  • Free mobile App
    Audio tour in English & Mandarin

What do you treasure? An object, a person, a memory? Come to the Westpac Long Gallery where you can see 100 of the most-valued objects from the Australian Museum’s collections. Some are very old; some are very rare. Some are beautiful; others mysterious. All tell fascinating and unexpected stories – about the Museum, about Australia and its region, or about the wonders of the natural world.

Along with these unique objects you can discover the stories of 100 extraordinary people who have shaped Australia and made it the country it is today. Scientists, explorers, and pioneers; entrepreneurs, athletes, and artists; politicians, an outlaw and a saint. Their immeasurable influence on the nation makes them true Australian treasures.

What extraordinary stories will you discover at the Australian Museum?



Things to do

Exhibition highlights

Theban mummy and coffin

Archaeologists excavated an Egyptian mummy from a tomb in Thebes (modern-day Luxor). A computed tomography (CT) scan has recently revealed the mummy holds the body of a woman mummified 2,200 years ago.

Australia's first bank note

Until the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) was established in 1817, there were no local bank notes in circulation in the colony. This note was issued on the bank’s first day of operating 8 April 1817.

Captain Cook's Hawaiian ‘Ahu‘ula

This kipuka or feathered cape was given to Captain Cook on his third – and fatal – Pacific voyage by Ali’i (chief) Kalani’opu’u, as an official welcome to Hawaii in December 1778 or January 1779.

Eric the opalised pliosaur

Eric the pliosaur lived in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (about 200–66 million years ago). Eric’s bones – as well as the tiny fossilised bones of fish inside his stomach – opalised as he was preserved in the sandstone.


See Treasures Illuminated

Witness 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum come to life with a seven-minute projection using digital animation.

This experience runs daily at 11am and 2pm.



Treasures Illuminated still
A still image of 200 Treasures at the Westpac Long Gallery Image: AGB Events
Australian Museum

Play the kids treasure hunt

Learn more about the 100 Treasures at our newest permanent gallery, Westpac Long Gallery, with the Treasure Hunt game!


Treasure Hunt mobile app game
Play the AM mobile app Treasure Hunt game Image: Anders Alexander
Australian Museum


Free audio tours

Take a self-guide audio through the exhibition, available in English, Mandarin & as an audio descriptive tour.


Westpac Long Gallery audio tour
Hear all about the exhibition with our free audio tour available on the Australian Museum mobile app Image: James Horan
Australian Museum


Listen to the Treasures podcast series

This series reveals the hidden stories behind some of the world’s greatest wonders. Join journalist Charles Wooley and Australian Museum Director Kim McKay as they explore the astounding objects and specimens of the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition, housed in the nation’s oldest museum gallery.


Kim McKay and Charles Wooley
Australian Museum Director Kim McKay with journalist Charles Wooley Image: Steven Siewert
Australian Museum



Support the Westpac Long Gallery

In 1857, the Australian Museum's Long Gallery opened its doors to the people of Sydney as the first museum in Australia. The AM has embarked on an ambitious journey to restore this iconic space to its deserved place as the nation’s premier gallery. Become a part of history and join us to support this ‘must see’ gallery, telling the stories of our nation and region.

Support now

Acknowledgements

200 Treasures of the Australian Museum in the Westpac Long Gallery has been made possible through the generous support of organisations and many individuals. The Australian Museum would especially like to thank:


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Treasures Circle Donors

The following organisations and individuals have supported the 100 Treasure Objects through generous donations.

  • Robert Albert AO
  • David & Megan Armstrong
  • Ben Barham & Gretel Packer
  • Dr Charles and Mrs Beverly Barnes
  • The Calvert-Jones Foundation
  • The Carrawa Foundation
  • Paul Connor
  • Jennifer Crivelli
  • Warwick Evans
  • Lily & Tina Gao & the New Business China Association
  • Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
  • Belinda Gibson & Jim Murphy
  • Peter & Judy Gregg
  • Chris & Gina Grubb
  • The Hartzer /Trevor-Jones Family
  • Prof Ian Hickie
  • Dr Janice Hirshorn & Dr George Jacobs
  • The John & Frances Ingham Foundation
  • Warwick & Ann Johnson
  • The John Spencer Dickinson Family
  • Virginia Judge & daughters Cecily, Theresa, Rebecca & Dr Patrick Tooth
  • Keith & Maureen Kerridge
  • Jim Lennon in Honour of Jean Lennon
  • Lindblad Expeditions
  • Catherine Livingstone AO & Michael Satterthwaite
  • Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
  • Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
  • The Macquarie Group Foundation
  • Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
  • The Moore Family
  • Jacqui & John Mullen
  • William Murray & Gretel Packer
  • The Nelson Family
  • Francesca Packer Barham & Gretel Packer
  • The Paradice Family Foundation
  • The Patterson Pearce Foundation
  • The Purcell Family Endowment Fund in Honour of Mrs Lorna McClelland
  • Robert Purves AM
  • Billie Rose & Warwick Evans
  • Professor Jan Scott & her friends Jack, Sissi, Coquohalla & Otis
  • Albert Y Wong AM & Sophie Wong
  • Fengjun Zhu

If you would like to support the 100 Treasure Objects contact the Australian Museum Foundation.



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