Australian Museum
Australian Museum
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The Australian Museum, opposite Hyde Park in Sydney has recently undergone a $56.5 million dollar refurbishment. Established in 1827, the Australian Museum, the nation’s first museum, is committed to its leading work in scientific research, STEM education and creating world-class exhibitions for Australian and international visitors alike. As the custodian of over 20,000 cultural objects held in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection and many thousands from across the Pacific, the AM is also an important site of cultural exchange and learning.
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Neighbourhood: Inner East
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  • Museum • 6 min walk
  • St James • 6 min walk
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,259 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick Visit to the Museum
    The museum is very well done with lots of exhibits on Australian natural and human history. We enjoyed the exhibit with Australia's animals and the 200 treasures. Our visit was cut short because we went at 4 pm but we felt we saw the highlights. Museum entry is free and it is right near Hyde Park if you're planning to walk there. The museum has some very engaging exhibits and some interactive displays that families could enjoy. There are also a number of interactive exhibits in each area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio815 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting specimens
    We always check out the local museums and were not disappointed. The historic old hall had a cool selection of artifacts and specimens. There were some interesting displays of individual collections and fossils of australian mammals. Some exhibits struck us a more effective than others. We were definitely glad we stopped in and we learned some things and got to see some interesting specimens.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • mozzavella
    127 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not so big.
    I finally got to visit the Australian Museum. The last time here was about 48 years ago. The entry was free. Somewhat excited to be here, did not take long to realize it was just your average place. As a child I remember it being huge, but as an Adult, well a little disappointed. Compare to other Museums I have seen overseas, a lot of catching up. I felt like I may have missed a floor or level. But checking the guide, I had not. One level dedicated to a Cafe and rest area. some renovations were in progress, which obviously restricted space. I feel it had more to offer but has not the space. I might wait another 48 years before i go there again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Steven B
    16 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hologram Dinosaurs - total waste of money.
    Spending $72.50 for my family of 3 to go through the dinosaur hologram exhibition was a mind blowing waste of cash. It was a strange and unsophisticated experience. We were rounded up into groups and told to start then stop walking in line with a light that guided us through a cobbled together short maze that we repeatedly went through with the images changing each time. After the fourth time were told it was over and I felt instantly relieved. How anyone thought it was an exhibition fit for public consumption is ridiculous. Gross disappointment. The rest of the museum is mediocre at best.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Lilla C
    Brisbane, Australia435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Sydney
    On a week stop-over in Sydney, I was curious to see this Museum and was not dissapointed. It was certainly the best thing I did all week. I learnt a lot of interesting things in the two hours I spent here... As luck would have it (because I scuba dive often), there was a special shark exhibition showcasing Australian icon Valerie Taylor, pioneer diver and conservationist. I recommend it to anyone who wants to escape the city hustle and bustle in an oasis of quiet reflection.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 October 2023
  • ToujoursLaRoute
    Paris, France1,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Great visit, in only 90 minutes we took the free tour with a guide, and we were able to take advantage of the best things to be discovered inside the museum. History, art, nature...everything is there. You learn a lot about the country and about its people. One suggestion: an audio guide would really be a plus for the visitors!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Kim V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs -- a must see!
    I visited the Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition on the weekend and it was absolutely spectacular. The exhibits were truly awe inspiring and incredible (they are over 2,000 years old!) and the way the whole exhibition was presented was so thoughtful and really created a special atmosphere. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these antiquities and I'm thrilled we were able to see this in Sydney; it was very special. The virtual reality experience was entertaining and lots of fun and would highly recommend opting in to do this. Staff were helpful and friendly. We also had a nice casual lunch and coffee in the Billabong cafe, which was a very pleasant place to regroup after the exhibition.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Tony W
    Sydney, Australia4,674 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ramses II Expo - Brilliantly curated!!
    The Ramses II Expo at the Australian Museum is brilliantly curated!!. The mixture of actual ancient artifacts from the Egyptian civilization and modern audio visual devices tell a fascinating story. The way the exhibition has been designed grabs you from the opening short video and does not let you go until the end.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2023
  • 845onia
    Cardiff, United Kingdom84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    This is one of the best museums we've visited. Like every other museum, it has some experiences that you can pay to visit, however, the free sections are amazing too! Loved how much you can see and learn, and the people who work there, very friendly and keen to help and share their knowledge with you.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Capt Wendyll Pereira
    Mumbai, India282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs
    We visited the museum for the exhibition of Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs. The numerous priceless exhibits were very well displayed and explained in detail. The other sections of the museum displaying various other interesting exhibits of Australian and other world Artifacts were also very interesting and informative.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 December 2023
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,389 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I recently visited the Australian Museum and specifically its Ramses visiting exhibition.

We attended on a weekday in April and were naively expecting it not to be too busy.

The fee charged to enter this exhibit is quite expensive - $54 per adult. They give you a particular entry time - apparently this is to reduce overcrowding.

On the positive side the exhibits displayed were quite amazing and well presented. I also felt the audio visuals attached were well done. There wasn't a lot to see and I remember it only took us a little over an hour to go through.

On the negative side the overcrowding of this exhibit really detracted from our experience. The best way to describe it would be a rugby league scrum. Just people everywhere, shoulder to shoulder, being ushered through the exhibits so that they can bring in the next scrum of people in behind. The groups of schoolchildren further detracted from the experience. Seeing any exhibit felt like a battle and there was no system of lining up, you just push your way in.

Overall for the high cost I expected better.
Written 14 April 2024
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M Hussein
Melbourne, Australia183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As it was raining most of last week in Sydney, we decided to go to the Australian Museum as it had the Ramses Exhibition. Absolutely amazing to see items from thousands of years ago. It is a must do if you enjoy ancient Egypt.

After the tour, we decided to also walk around the rest of the Museum and it was a great experience.

Would recommend this to anyone that has a few hours to spend in sydney.
Written 8 April 2024
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Laurie
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
General admission is free. We did not purchase tickets for the Ramses exhibit but our friends did and they enjoyed it very much. It’s like a natural history museum with lots of taxidermy and native artifacts. We enjoyed a delightful sandwich and crisps at their small eatery. We spent two hours here.
Written 29 March 2024
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tour-birds
Singapore, Singapore314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a delightful museum that combines natural history wity history of aboriginal culture in Australia. The exhibits are very informative, and I learnt a lot about Australian native culture. The cafeteria on the fifth floor has wonderful views of the city and serves delicious food at a very reasonable price. it is a great way to spend 2 to 3 hours of your day exploring this wonderful Museum.
Written 19 March 2024
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Paula H
Dover Gardens, Australia199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Well done Australian Museum. I travelled from intestate to attend the much anticipated, long awaited exhibition of Ramses the great. And WOW I was not disappointed. It was absolutely amazing. Congratulations on a fantastic educational, exhibition. With so much information and the display was just spectacular.
Just a pity I was limited to 2 hours. I could have stayed all day
Written 17 March 2024
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nzandnz
New Zealand352 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was annoying to arrive 20 min early, only to be told to wait 20 min. Lucky my booking was at opening time, so I did the VR first, no queue.
The VR experience was very expensive for a short viewing.
I must say I was disappointed. I’ve been fascinated by Egypt for 40 years or so, I was fully absorbed in the experience, imagining I was in the tomb looking round, it was beautiful and a moving experience .
I loved the feeling of flying through the dessert, imagining I was there - Then all of a sudden the chair leans back and you’re flying backwards through the dessert with some stupid Hollywood inspired evil spirit of Rameses, right in your face chasing you! A beautiful experience ruined. Kids would be terrified.

It had potential to be awesome, but became a silly dramatised mess towards the end, leaving me feeling deflated.
The exhibit itself was good, despite the high cost. The shop at the end was also very expensive as expected.
Written 2 March 2024
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Steve & Jo
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We went to the very good Ramses exhibition today. We also visited the Billabong Waterhole café – the only outlet for food in the building, only to find there was virtually no food left. This was at 1:15 PM on a weekday lunchtime. Plus charging over $5 for a small bottle of water? Patrons deserve better.
Written 20 February 2024
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Sweetstuff1
Australia38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I was so excited to see this exhibit only to be let down by the sheer lack of intelligence running it. Tour time was 2.30. Tickets state to be there 20mins early, which we did. Only to be told it was over crowded and we had to wait to enter. There were 1pm time slot people rocking on in at 2.30 and being pushed through like cattle. We had no chance to read or see anything. We couldnt move. Not a covid safe or fire safe environment. The artifacts themselves are absolutely outstanding. The exhibit however was executed awfully. Save your money and go to the Canberra one.
Written 19 February 2024
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Lisa H
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
My family and I bought tickets to the Ramses exhibition and attended today during the correct timeslot and it was really disappointing. To be fair, the curation and finer details of the exhibit seemed excellent but there were so many people in the same timeslot that I struggled to read any of the signage or even view many of the pieces on display. There were at least double the amount of people going through during the timeslot than there should have been, it was really quite ridiculous. I could feel people's breath on me and there were times I was completely boxed in from moving anywhere; not conducive of an interesting, educational, and cultural experience.
If you can't go during a weekday, which I presume would be less popular, I would save your money. It would have been well priced if we could actually experience it but at that capacity it was awful and we left feeling claustrophobic, germy, and ripped off.
Very disappointed.
Written 18 February 2024
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smiler1956
Birmingham, UK530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited with my wife. A very detailed and interesting museum charting Australia's culture and history. Allow yourself plenty of time!
Written 13 February 2024
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