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Open daily 9.30am-5pmExcept Christmas Day
Time to visitWe recommend 3 hours to experience everything
Group visitsMust be booked in advance
Food with a viewVisit our cafe on Level 4
We're building a better museum
The Australian Museum will be closed to visitors from 19 August 2019 for approximately 12 months, to enable us to start work on our major renovation, Project Discover.
Booking a group visit
The Australian Museum is Australia's first museum and home to the largest collection of natural and cultural specimens in the southern hemisphere.
Explore the many galleries and exhibitions with one of our expert guides and educators, or take advantage of the range of self guided resources for teachers visiting with primary and secondary students.
General admission is free for children under 16 and local secondary school students thanks to a NSW Government initiative. Tertiary, concession and tourist groups incur a cost. Educator led programs and guided visits are available for an additional charge.
Bookings are required for all groups.
Make a booking enquiry
Please complete the below form by providing the the following information:
- Name of the school/organisation
- Full contact details (postal address, full name of contact, email and phone)
- 3 possible dates for the visit (in case your first preference is not available)
- Estimated time of arrival and departure
- Number of students/children
- Number of teachers/adults/concession
- School year/level/age of the students/children
- For education groups, which educator-led program and/or self-guided exhibition visit you're interested in
Contact Group Bookings Office
Group visit information
For those who have never been to a museum, it is important to consider the following issues in preparation for their visit.
What is a museum?
- A permanent institution open to the public.
- A place that collects and conserves many kinds of things.
- A place with objects and specimens that provide material evidence of people and their environments to help scientists research and understand the world we live in.
- A place with collections that visitors can study, learn about and enjoy.
What do you expect to find at a museum?
- The building may be historical and/or large and impressive.
- Exhibitions - these often contain displays of real objects and specimens but they may also include models, information and labels, computer interactives and hands-on exhibits.
- Visitor facilities - including a shop, cafe, toilets and information/admissions desk.
- People - including museum staff, and visitors such as students, families and tourists.
More information for teachers
Cloaking, food and drink
- There is limited bag storage available on site. There are paid lockers available for public use, and secure storage for school groups. It is recommended that students and visitors just bring a small carry bag with the essentials for the day.
Please note, we are unable to provide group bag or cloaking facilities during school holidays. Please ensure that your group comes prepared to carry all personal items during their visit if it is school holidays.
- There is no space for large groups to have recess or lunch inside the Museum. There is undercover outdoor space –The Garden – which is accessible from William Street. Alternatively, Hyde Park is just opposite the Museum across College St and Cook & Philip Park is across William Street. In the event of wet weather, we can provide a space for students to eat within the Museum.
- Create Consultants operate food and dining options on site at the Australian Museum. For groups, lunchboxes can be ordered up to 5 working days before your visit. For details, and to order, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 9320 6182.
Visitors and students are encouraged to take photos, video and/or audio to record their excursion.
Some temporary exhibitions do not allow photography but you will be advised of this before you enter the exhibition.