Highlights from the 2014-15 Annual Report
The Australian Museum’s annual report outlines our many achievements during a significant year of transformation and rejuvenation
One of the major highlights was the construction of the AM’s new Crystal Hall entrance and major new permanent gallery Wild Planet, both of which have opened in the current financial year.
Additionally, the AM opened three new galleries as part of its commitment to ‘unlocking the collections’. The newly renovated and refurbished First Australian galleries feature two exhibitions Garrigarrang: Sea Country and Bayala Nura: Yarning Country. Also opened was Pacific Spirit featuring more than 250 rare objects from the AM’s Pacific Collection which is regarded as one of the most significant in the world.
With the support of the NSW Government, the AM removed general entry fees for children under 16, ensuring free access for every young visitor. To celebrate, the AM was free of charge for all visitors on the first weekend of the June school holidays and received record numbers of 28,547 visitors over the two days.
Despite many galleries being closed for refurbishment and the construction of the new entrance, the AM welcomed more than 392,000 visitors in 2014–15. More than one million visitors attended an AM exhibition either on site or touring and over 147,000 students took part in an education program run by the AM.
On the science front, the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) was officially launched, with AMRI scientists describing 82 new species and authoring 128 scientific publications in 2014–15. The AM also announced its Centre for Citizen Science to connect science, education and research within the community.
The AM increased its self-generated revenue in 2014–15 including grants, sponsorships and donations and returned a modest surplus after several years of deficits.
To read about all of the AM’s achievements and activities, download the 2014–15 annual report here.