A rich and brutal story -
the birth of modern Mexico

Explore Aztec daily life with gods, demons, warriors, slaves, nobles, and human sacrifice.

Detail of an Aztec Eagle Warrior. Photo by Michel Zabe © The Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH).

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Discover the legacy of a brutal yet civilized culture

This blockbuster exhibition features more than 200 priceless artefacts and dramatic multimedia that tell the story of the spectacular and ultimately tragic rise and fall of the Aztec empire.

Experience the epic but fleeting 500 year old story of the Aztec civilisation which was home to gods and demons, warriors and slaves, nobles and commoners.

Step into their world and marvel at the extravagant possessions of the Aztec emperors while exploring their sacrificial rituals and uncovering the mysteries of the Aztec afterlife.

  • Photograph: Stuart Humphreys, © Australian Museum

  • Photograph: Stuart Humphreys, © Australian Museum

  • Photograph: Stuart Humphreys, © Australian Museum

  • Photograph: Stuart Humphreys, © Australian Museum

  • Photograph: James King, © Australian Museum

  • Photograph: James King, © Australian Museum


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Take a self-guided audio tour of Aztecs for an additional $7 per device. Pay at the Admissions Desk and then collect at the entrance to the Aztecs exhibition.

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Free entry to Aztecs when you become a Member of the Australian Museum (new Members only*).

*New Family (2 adults & 2 kids tickets), Dual (2 adult tickets) and Single (1 adult ticket) Memberships only. Additional tickets will need to be purchased separately. Offer does not apply to Student, Pensioner and Distance Memberships or to current or former Members.


Admission costs

Your ticket to Aztecs also entitles you to general admission to the Australian Museum's other galleries and permanent exhibitions on the same day.

Ticket Cost
Adult $24
Concession* $14
Pensioner $14
Child (5-15 years) $14
Child under 5 FREE
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $62
Family (1 adults + 2 children) $38
Additional child $9
Pre-booked school students $10
ICOM Members $9
Companion Cardholder's Carer FREE

*More information on concession categories

Members Tickets Cost
Adult $9
Concession* $6
Pensioner $6
Child (5-15 years) $6
Child under 5 FREE
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $24
Family (1 adults + 2 children) $15
Additional child $5

*More information on concession categories


Don’t miss your chance to take home part of the Aztecs exhibition with a pop up gallery featuring 20 works from 11 local Sydney artists.

Celebrating the magnificence of the AZTECS culture, the artists, illustrators and designers created works based on the theme – ‘The Art of the Skull,’ – the skull symbol being prominent in the Aztecs empire through to modern day Mexico.

Ranging from striking watercolours to bold prints, hand gold foiling and traditional letterpress, the artworks embody the spirit of the AZTECS in a contemporary fashion.

All the artworks, plus beautiful earthenware, jewellery and mementos are available for purchase from the Aztecs exhibition shop.

Participating artists include The Distillery; Elin Matilda Andersson; Evi Oetomo; Heath Killen; James King; Kate Banazi; Blacklist Studio; Paul Garbett; Roberto Duran; Steph Tsai; and, TMOD.

‘We love Mexico’ events

We're celebrating Mexican culture with a range of fun and fascinating events inspired by our Aztecs exhibition.

Full Program

We Love Mexico events

Aztecs ‘We Love Mexico’ events

13 SEP 2014 TO 1 FEB 2015

Over 15 different events to choose from - there's something for everyone!


School groups

School groups


Students will discover striking objects that tell the story of Aztec daily life, beliefs and values, war and human sacrifice.

Frequently asked questions

What are the opening hours?

Aztecs opens at 9.30 am every day (except 25 December) and closes at 5 pm. The last ticket sold for Aztecs is 4 pm. The exhibition is open 13 September 2014 through to 1 February 2015.

Can I enter and exit the exhibition more than once with my ticket?

If you need to leave the exhibition during your session, please see the staff member on door duty for a pass out.

Can I enter the Australian Museum with my Aztecs exhibition ticket?

Yes. Your Aztecs ticket also entitles you to general admission to the Museum’s other galleries and permanent exhibitions on the same day. Enjoy the whole Museum and visit the many engaging and hands-on galleries and spaces. Stay for an hour or the rest of the day!

How long does it take to see the exhibition?

We estimate that the average self-guided visit to the exhibition will take 45–60 minutes.

Can I take photos?

Yes, photography is allowed in the exhibition. But no flash photographing or filming please. There is also an exhibition ipad interactive where visitors can take their own Aztecs’ selfie and share on social media.

Is there an exhibition audio guide?

Yes, you can hire an Aztecs audio guide for $7 each (at the same time as you purchase your Aztecs exhibition ticket at the admissions desk).

Are food and drinks permitted in the exhibition?

No food or drink is permitted inside the exhibition. You can enjoy light snacks, delicious sandwiches, great coffee, lunch boxes for kids and a selection of hot dishes at the family-friendly Australian Museum café, located at the main entrance to the Museum.

Is the exhibition accessible for people with a disability?

Yes, the Aztecs exhibition and the Australian Museum are accessible for people with a disability.

Enter the Australian Museum via the boardwalk and ramp from College Street to the William Street reception. A limited number of wheelchairs are available (on a first-come, first-served basis) for visitors to borrow during their visit. These can be requested at the Information Desk. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located on the ground floor and second floor.

Are wheelchairs permitted inside the exhibition?

Yes. The Aztecs exhibition is fully accessible for wheelchairs, and benches have been placed throughout the Museum for your comfort.

Are prams allowed in the exhibition?

Yes, prams are permitted in the exhibition.

Does the Museum have storage lockers?

Yes, storage lockers are available for up to 4 hours at a cost of $2. Enquire at the admissions desk.

Museum shop

The Australian Museum has two shops with gifts for all budgets. An Aztecs themed shop is located at the exit of the Aztecs exhibition, and the main Museum shop is located on the ground floor near the entrance/exit. Current Members enjoy great discounts to the Aztecs exhibition, shop and café! See the Members page for more details.

Location, parking and public transport

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Presenting Partner

Aztecs was developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in partnership with Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (CONACULTA-INAH), along with the Australian Museum and Museum Victoria.

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