Not to be confused with the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, the Australian Museum of Sydney has undergone a few name changes in the past. Regardless of what this monumental location has been named, it continues to supply a wealth of information about Australia that is unique to its grounds. For those with an interest in history or a desire for delightful, immersive experiences, the Australian Museum is a wonderful attraction and educational facility.
The museum has never moved from its original location on the corner of William Street and College Street in Sydney since its planned foundation in 1821. Specimens were collected by the Philosophical Society of Australasia, but the society dissolved a year later. In 1826, the entomologist named Alexander Macleay was appointed as the New South Wales Colonial Secretary. It was he who lobbied for the museum’s completion.
In 1827, the Colonial (or Sydney) Museum was founded. But in June 1836, the museum was renamed after a heated debate. Since then it has been affectionately called Australian Museum, for it has everything to do with the people, animals and plant life found upon the massive continent.
Past Exhibitions & Accomplishments
Around 1854 the museum started hosting a variety of exhibitions, some permanent, some temporary. Among the most famous were “Dinosaurs from China,” “Festival of Dreaming,” and the recurrent “Wildlife Photographer of the Year.” The latter is in partnership with National Geographic. Engagement programs are also held throughout the year to help support community while aiding in the preservation of Indigenous Australians. Modern Aboriginal artwork is always on display and gets updated routinely.
In 2011 the mobile app “DangerOZ” was launched by the museum to explain Australia’s most dangerous animals.
Then in 2013, the Australian Museum Research Institute was opened. The mission of the AMRI is to provide a place for the researchers working in the museum, to serve as a location for collaboration between other agencies and organizations, and to display the important ongoing work and accomplishments of the museum researchers. The major focal point of the studies have been climate change and biodiversity
Presently at the Australian Museum you can more than just historical artifacts. Some examples of the everyday exhibitions you can explore are:
• Bayala Nura: Yarning Country
• Wild Planet
Kids can enjoy birthday parties. Children 5 and under have their own miniature museum called “Kidspace.” Babies also have their own enclosure to crawl about safely! Since the special exhibitions are always changing throughout the year, it is best to check either the official website or the museum’s Facebook page for up-to-date information.
If you want to visit Australian Museum, the hours of operation are from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm every day except Christmas Day. The general admission for adults is $15. Children under 16 can get in free of charge. If you become a member, everything within the museum is free, and special exhibitions receive a great discount. On site is also a store full of goodies related to the exhibits, including artwork from Indigenous Australians and fossils.
The Australian Museum in Sydney is a place full of discovery. No matter who is in your group, young and old can learn a lot here. The temporary and permanent exhibitions offer insights into the world you will not see anywhere else. The look into Aboriginal culture is extremely detailed, eye-opening and fun. Definitely something for the to-do list!
Official website: http://australianmuseum.net.au/