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Australian Museum

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Address: 1 William St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9320 6000
Today
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Established in 1827, Australia's first museum has a remarkable reputation...

Established in 1827, Australia's first museum has a remarkable reputation in the field of natural history and indigenous studies. With our permanent First Australians gallery taking you beyond the art and artefacts to explore the diverse beliefs and cultures of Australia's first peoples. Surviving Australia exhibition looks at just what is it that makes Australia so different. Follow the true stories of Australia's astonishing native animals and see how they've adapted and survived over millions of years. Featuring Dinosaurs exhibition, Gemstones and Minerals and Birds and Insects exhibition. Our Search and Discover area is a showcase of the Museum's collection and provides a rich i9nteractive experience for all visitors.

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The museum is always an amazing place to visit but just like the Big Mac, just does not seem as big as it used to be. Spider exhibition was overloaded with multimedia with very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Leeton, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here in January with 5 children (not all mine) and they had the best day! We started in the Spider exhibit and then made our way through the rest of the museum. It was so easy to fill in a whole day, the two childrens areas were great and we enjoyed a nice coffee upstairs in the cafe.... More 

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Thank Tinky164
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my partner thought it would be a great opportunity to experience virtual reality. But we were both disapointed, The headsets were oculus brand with a samsung mobile phone attached on the front. The whole experience was uncomfortable , blury screen not Hd 1080 more like 360, it was waste of money.

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Thank garpios a
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with friends for school and this place is very interesting. It teaches you a lot about different periods in time and you can easily spend a whole day here.

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Thank sammycircle2
Leeton, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is always an amazing place to visit but just like the Big Mac, just does not seem as big as it used to be. Spider exhibition was overloaded with multimedia with very few live exhibits.

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Thank CraigGillyTesler
glasgow
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120 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What an interesting place to go. It gives you an insight to australian life. Spent about 3 hours here

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is worth going to the Australian Museum, located on the corner of William Street opposite Hyde Park in Sydney just to see the special Spiders exhibition. It is educational and fascinating and includes so many stories and real and preserved spiders - it shows their history, how they live and what they eat, and includes so many specimens. You... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with two other adults, as tourists, and we were all completely adsorbed for other 4 hours. The spider exhibition was really well done, plenty for the many children who were there but also plenty for us to see and do. I found the short 'tv' information videos particularly interesting, especially the one about collecting the venom from spiders to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our 4 year old grandson for his first trip to the Museum - and he loved it. Of course the Dinosaurs were his favourite and the "hands on" interactive displays simply delighted him. We travelled from the Western Suburbs via train and took the leisurely walk through Hyde Park which he also enjoyed. There is an Atrium cafe... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spider exhibit was great, lots to see and well thought out. Rest of museum is tired and just plaques on walls to read, not engaging. The stuffed animals are awful but there is a note saying some are over 100 years old which obviously are showing there age. The place is having a massive makeover soon and it looks like... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Brisbane Region, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just love the special exhibitions. We had New Year's Eve morning to kill , so spider exhibition it was. Very interesting, shame can't just get a pass to that section as we didn't want to go round the rest of the museum. Well done thank you

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Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.
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