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Australian Museum, Sydney

(3.8/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Established in 1827, Australian Museum is the country's oldest museum, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history and indigenous studies. Located in the heart of the city, near Hyde Park, the museum includes collections of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, and anthropology. Apart from its permanent exhibitions, the museum is also involved with international research efforts in the field of aboriginal studies and hosts a number of educational programs. The museum was originally conceived and developed along the contemporary European model of an encyclopedic warehouse of cultural and natural history. Over time, the building has evolved to encompass a range of architectural styles. Arrange to visit Australian Museum and other attractions in Sydney using our Sydney vacation trip planner.
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  • We had a lot of fun and learning! Great place! Good for families, good for everyone! There was a Spiders Exhibitions and we saw over 400 real spider specimens including live tarantulas and deadly funn...  more »
  • Expecting something akin to the British Museum, the Australian Museum is one of the poorest museum visits I have ever experienced. Consisting entirely of animal and insect displays, some of which were...  more »
  • Most of the this museum is very traditional - lots of stuffed animals and skeletons. Not much interactive. Three of the galleries were closed when we were there. Little on geological processes or ecol...  more »
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  • The ticket officer is customer friendly...but the cafe staff is horrible ! Upon ordering my drinks, I've checked if the drinks will be sent to the table (as I'm with a toddler and a newborn in a stroller)..she said yes. After settled down n started having my fruits , was told to collect the drinks at the bar. OK, I did that together with my toddler and stroller. Then we would like to have a cupcake and went to order the lady took out the paper bag, I mentioned nicely we would like to dine in. She replied without even looking at me and staring down saying, "So?!!" . I replied nicely if she has a plate. Again by looking down n said they just give paper bag and hand it to me . Fine.... after we were done with food, I saw the cafe staff serving the coffee to the table!! I asked her nicely, "why I need to collect my own coffee whilst theirs r served ?" The reply I got was , "that's how we do it " and she walked away quickly. Very bad and discriminative attitude.
  • The museum itself is great, fantastic for kids although a bit full on for little kids in the dinosaur section, my son (4) is still frightened of the dinosaur film they project onto the wall. The cafe is so ordinary and overpriced it's insane. Dry old sandwiches and bad coffee. Take your own lunch and you will have a fantastic day here
  • Lovely smaller-scale museum with focus on Australian Natural History, has a wealth of antique and modern exhibits. It's let down by the borderline-aggressive museum shop staff who try to evict everyone 10mins before closing time - counter-intuitive from both a business and logistic perspective. I'll still go back though...
  • Love it here and my kids do too. If you've a young family and ate local to Sydney, getting the yearly pass is very affordable and more than worth it. From memory, I think it pays for itself at your third visit. We go on average nearly once a month and this is our third year of renewing our membership. Would often explore Sydney city with the kids and this place is always a good card to pay at end of any draining day. Also did the sleepover at the museum with eldest son and will cherish the memory of sharing that.
  • The museum itself is great (albeit not on the same scale as, say, the British Museum). There is a leaning towards natural history and local indigenous history. The dinosaur exhibition is great for kids and generally the entire museum provides lots of hands-on experiences. Our only negative was the rooftop restaurant. The food was overpriced for the quality. Sure, expensive ingredients, but not cooked well. Entry to the museum was $30 for a family. A good holiday activity.