From an Egyptian mummy to Ned Kelly, uncover the hidden stories of 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum in the Westpac Long Gallery.
This magnificently restored gallery showcases 100 objects and 100 people that have influenced the museum, nation and region and reveals the unexpected stories that make them treasures.
The Westpac Long Gallery is a new permanent gallery. It is open daily, 9.30am - 5pm and entry is included in your General Admission ticket. See the admission page for more information.
Archaeologists excavated this 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.
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.
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 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.
Our new podcast 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.
Step inside the Westpac Long Gallery – home of 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum. Newly restored, it showcases the most important items in the museum’s collection of more than 18 million scientific specimens and cultural objects.Listen now
Sydney in the early 1800s was a fledgling colony. With the release of Australia’s first bank note and the subsequent gold rush in NSW came the whiff of financial security. But how did a large gold nugget go from an abandoned mine shaft to a government office corridor game of cricket?Listen now
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Conservators, designers and historians prepare for the opening of 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum in the Westpac Long Gallery.
Aboriginal Elders recently led a cleansing ceremony in the historic Westpac Long Gallery, marking a new beginning in the space.
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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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