Using Search & Discover

We help visitors find information about Australian animals and habitats, geosciences and Indigenous cultures from Australia and the Pacific.

Collections and Research Building

Collections and Research Building
Photographer: Carl Bento © Australian Museum

Our wide range of resources and connections to Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) staff and other researchers help us identify answers to a broad range of natural history questions while providing an engaging hands-on exhibit space for all visitors. Some of our resources include:



Museum Interpretive Officers and our Naturalist staff the desk, phones and computers all public hours the Museum is open and are available to help with any enquiry you might have.

Hands-on Specimens

There are a variety of reptile, mammal and bird specimens for visitors to see and touch. There are also shells and bones for you to pick up, feel and identify yourself. In Search & Discover you can pat an Echidna, pose for a photo next to a well-behaved Kangaroo and see a Koala up close.

Specimen drawers

Just like in the Museum's collection areas, specimens are are arranged neatly in drawers with labels that allow you to put a name to the many species of snails, insects and spiders that are found in Australia, particularly in Sydney.

Live animals

Amongst the preserved specimens there are glimpses of movement from the many live animals on display.  The live animals which call this space home include lizards and frogs from semi-arid Australia, freshwater crustaceans, spiders, sea slaters, stick insects and other interesting invertebrates. Try to find the well camouflaged stick and leaf insects (also known as phasmids) that are displayed near the enquiry desk. For those 'Arachno-philes' be sure to check out the Sydney Funnel-web Spider, Atrax robustus, in its underground burrow beneath a rock, as well as other species of spider.

Books and information folders

For those with research questions and assignments as well as those who are just bookworms; there is a vast selection of identification guides and information sheets that cover all areas of the Museum's areas of expertise; zoology, geology and anthropology. In addition there are books and articles covering other scientific topics such as botany, astronomy and general science. There are many books written to help children understand science as well as storybooks.

Web access

There is free internet access for visitors to check email and social media as well as find more resources to help answer questions and do research. You can also explore the Australian Museum's online resources and keep up to date with news from across the Museum's public programs and science sections.

Lodge an enquiry

Have a question that you can't research yourself? Found an animal at home that you can't identify? Not sure what kind of bird it is that you have photographed? We can help. You can contact us to lodge an enquiry and we will do our best to answer questions and put you in touch with the best sources of information.

Connecting with other Museums and Information Centres

The Australian Museum's areas of study include Australasian animal life and geology as well as Indigenous cultures from Australia and the Pacific. If a query falls outside of the Australian Museum's field of expertise we will put you in contact with the most relevent institution or authority. Our Naturalist and Interpretive Officer staff are at the enquiry desk to assist you. We are your enquiry centre!

Steve Vogel , Interpretive Officer
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