Explore The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is dedicated to all things Australian

The Australian Museum is fun fun fun!! This excellent museum is a treasure trove of fascinating artifacts with something for every age group.

Unfortunately the museum is not free, but at $15.00 for an adult ticket (2019) and kids FREE and SO much to see it is great value. There are heaps of exhibitions and lots of information that it really does make for a worthwhile day out.

Located in Sydney’s Central Business District the museum is also easy to access with great transport options.

Four levels of fun

The Australian Museum is broken up into four levels. Each level has different permanent exhibitions and some with space for Special Exhibitions (which the public can access for an additional cost).

With three kids in tow we spent around 3.5 hours looking at the exhibitions. We took a bit of a breather half way through and headed up to the cafe on level 4 to check out the views and rest the legs. Food and drinks were slightly expensive. I would bring your own and eat them in the foyer area on the Ground Floor for a cheaper option.

First Stop Level G

The Ground level is home to three permanent exhibitions:

  • The Westpac Long Gallery (featuring 200 treasures of the museum)
  • Wild Planet (think animals from around the world)
  • First Australians (an insightful and sobering look at the world’s oldest living culture).

This level also hosts Special Exhibitions.

Also located on the Ground Floor is a gift shop, small cafe and a foyer area. It is a good place to head if you need to take a rest or have a quick bite to eat.

Ground floor exhibitions are full of surprises

Then onto Level 1

On Level 1 you will find more treasures in the Westpac Long Gallery as well as a super shiny, sparkling mineral and gem exhibition (featuring the Albert Chapman Collection). If you like things that sparkle then this is the level for you.

Level 1 is full of things that shine

Level 2 is not to be missed

Level 2 is a feature packed level with some awesomely interesting exhibitions to explore. Kids and adults alike will love the Search & Discover exhibition where you can get hands on with all sorts of specimens.

Mums and Dads can take a break while the kids explore Kidspace.

Be enchanted by the wonders in the Pacific Spirit exhibition and entranced by the animals in the Surviving Australia gallery.

Lastly it is on level 2 you will find the Dinosaur Exhibition which is a favourite of everyone’s.

Lots to do on Level 2

Chill out on Level 4

As Level 3 is not open to the public head straight up to level 4 if you are looking for a spot to rest the legs. The view up here is wonderful – right across to St Mary’s Cathedral and the city skyline. If the dollars allow enjoy a coffee and the view. It is a nice idea to head to level 4 before level 2 to have a rest before embarking on the biggest level.

The Australian Museum No 1 William Cafe View

The view from No 1 William Cafe, level 4 The Australian Museum

Special exhibitions

The Australian Museum also periodically hosts special exhibitions, some of which are ticketed and some that are free of charge.

As at June 2019 the Special Exhibition is titled ‘Capturing Nature, Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857–1893‘. This exhibition is free with your general admission ticket and runs until 21 July 2019.

Getting around

The Australian Museum is perfect for singles, couples and families. There are both stairs and lift options for navigating the museum. Make sure you grab a museum map upon entry.

Hot Tips

  • Download the Australian Museum’s FREE App
  • Don’t miss The Treasures Illuminated light show which is held at 11.00am and 2.00pm each day. This light show showcases the best of the Westpac Long Gallery (get a spot on level 1 or 2 of the Westpac Long Gallery for the best view)
  • Check the Museum’s website for the best parking options. 

Five reasons to visit The Australian Museum

  1. See lifesize Dinosaur models
  2. Get hands on in the Search & Discover exhibition
  3. Discover Australian history
  4. Find out more information via the interactive displays
  5. Heaps for the kids to do

Freedays summary

  • Entry: Entry costs apply
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes
  • Free carparking: No
  • Free BBQ facilities: No
  • Time to spend here: 2 hours – all day
  • Food available: Yes
  • Address: 1 William Street, Sydney NSW 2010
  • Further details: Visit The Australian Museum’s website

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