Open by appointmentAccess by appointment only
ArchivesCollects the Museum's permanent records
Research LibraryNatural history book and journal collections
Rare BooksOver 5000 rare books
Due to the Australian Museum's temporary closure, from Monday 2nd September 2019 the Archives and Library will be closed to all external enquiries, including image requests.
Our Archives holds permanent Museum records kept because they are valuable for legal, administrative or historical research. The earliest records include the Minutes of the Committee of Superintendence from June 1836 and Outward Letters books from 1837.
The Research Library holds one of the finest natural history book and journal collections in Australia, including over 5000 rare books. Established in 1836, the Library specialises in material relating to zoology, taxonomy, cultural collections, earth sciences and museology.