Museum in a Box - Platypus

Museum in a Box® is available for set three week loan periods and can be sent to any educational institution across Australia.

Museum in a Box - Platypus

Museum in a Box - Platypus
Photographer:  © Australian Museum

The Platypus looks like no other animal in the world and was thought to be a fake when a specimen was first examined in England in 1789. It is a monotreme that swims in fresh water, lays eggs and suckles its young on milk, has fur, broad webbed feet, a pliable leathery bill and a flat broad tail. The male has poisonous spurs on its hind feet to inject poison into rival males during fights. The Platypus is the animal emblem of New South Wales and appears on the Australian twenty-cent piece. This box contains a Platypus, its young and casts of feet, eggs and a beak to study.

The Platypus box was refurbished in 2011 and includes new information panels, books and teaching resources.


  • Platypus and puggle dioramas
  • Fur - real
  • Back and front feet - cast
  • Mouth parts - cast
  • Puggle and eggs - cast

Teaching resources:

  • Platypus DVD
  • Platypus game and activities
  • Information panels
  • Background information and activities 
  • Teachers Guide
  • Platypus Puppet
  • Books
  • Factsheets


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