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Finding frogs: it's all about timing

 When it comes to finding frogs in the forests of Vietnam, timing really matters.  

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: Science, Date: 24 May 2012

Remembering The Art of Eric Carle exhibition

Whilst the Australian Museum had considered the needs of young children when designing interactive areas for some time, it was not until the late 1990's that we had a designated area for pre-schoolers.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 22 May 2012

South Australian Oyster Farmers Visit the Museum

Oyster growers Max, Roxanne and Phil Lowe paid us a surprise visit to check on the progress of the South Australian mudworm project.

By: Lexie Walker, Category: Science, Date: 22 May 2012

Our First Volunteer - Hereward Kesteven

Celebrating our nations' volunteers this week - let's celebrate the Museum's first official volunteer - 20 year-old Hereward Kesteven.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 17 May 2012

Alexander the Great education group bookings open

Secure your students' place for this exceptional exhibition.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 16 May 2012

Happy Birthday Edward Lear

On 12 May, we celebrate Edward Lear’s 200th birthday. Best known for 'The Owl & The Pussycat' he was also a natural history artist.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 May 2012

DigiVol: Why volunteer?

Julie, Louise and Ron are experienced volunteers who provide insight into why they devote their valuable time, knowledge and skills volunteering weekly on this project. Currently, we have over 60 committed volunteers who digitise valuable entomology specimens/labels, malacology specimens/ labels and a range of archival material, including the early Museum registers, fascinating field diaries and beautiful illustrations. The specimen labels and some of the handwritten archival material are transcibed into text by volunteer digitisers as well as the virtual volunteers on the online volunteer portal.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 09 May 2012

Introduced Species: Friend or foe?

The introduction of plant and animal species around the world has lead to the destabilisation and even collapse of some ecosystems. But are all the effects of introduced species negative?

By: Isabelle Kingsley, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 02 May 2012

The Ball that wasn't

In 1864 The Australian Museum was the venue chosen for a reception for the visit of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. Why wasn't it held?

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 Apr 2012

Why are we running a fashion design competition?

Some of the aims of our annual Fashion Less Waste design competition are revealed...

By: Jane Johnston, Category: At The Museum, Date: 20 Apr 2012