Australian Museum

Australian Museum

The Australian Museum, established in 1827, was Australia's first museum. It holds unique and extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts. Extensive programs in research, education and exhibitions reflect the museum's focus on biodiversity and environmental issues, Australian fauna, evolution, the geological past, the cultural heritage of Aboriginal Australians and the peoples of the near Pacific and Indonesia, and the cultural diversity of the Australian population.

Address: 
6 College Street, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 
0293206000
Hours: 
Daily 9:30am - 5:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Admission: 
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $19, Adult $8, Concession $4, Child (5 - 15 years) $3, Under 5s, Australian Seniors and members free, School groups $3 per student. Extra charges apply for some special exhibitions.
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access, shop, cafe, library, guided tours, education programs, lectures
Collection: 
Biological collections (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fishes, Insects, Arachnids, Molluscs, Marine Invertebrates) = 6,029,000 items, Fossils = 102,000, Minerals and Rocks = 68,000, Ethnographic collections = 110,000, Archaeological collections = 1 million items
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Items

Bird

Paradise Parrot

Paradise Parrot
Description:
Bird mounted in glass dome, best existing mounted specimen of this extinct species.
Item Id Number:
43861

Collection

Aboriginal Artefacts

Aboriginal Artefacts
Description:
Traditional Aboriginal artefacts from the collection, including men's and women's wooden and fibre objects with paint, boomerangs, baskets, dilly bags, necklaces, and Aboriginal art.
Date:
1910-1970

Mask

Water Spirit Mask

Water Spirit Mask
Creator:
Indigenous artist of the Balade - Hienghune area, New Caledonia
Description:
160cm, made of wood, feathers and human hair.
Date:
1890s
Item Id Number:
E7646

Collection

Ichthyological Types

Description:
Fish, over 1,500 species types, largest collection in the southern hemisphere.
Date:
1880s to present

Collection

Marine Invertebrate Types

Description:
Type collection comprising many taxa including sponges, urochordates, crustacea, annelids, echinoderms.
Date:
1880-present