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Published March 18th 2018
Discover, learn and experience at Australia’s first Museum
If you are like me and feel right at home when you are at a museum, then you are certainly going to be in awe at the Australian Museum.
Image Courtesy from Australian Museum Facebook
The heritage-listed building of Australian Museum gained its bragging rights by being Australia's first museum, as well as being at the forefront of scientific research, collection and education for more than 185 years! It was first established in 1827 and was founded by Earl Bathurst, the Secretary of State for the Colonies.
Celebrating its 190th year, a visit to the museum gives you an insight into why this museum continues to amaze generations of visitors with its permanent, temporary and touring exhibitions, galleries, specimens, public programs, guided tours, kids at the museum activities, events, and much more.
The museum has a collection of more than 18 million objects spanning culture and natural history with many exhibitions and collections, including the popular Dinosaurs Exhibit which is home to 10 complete dinosaur skeletons and 8 life-sized models, interactive displays, and you can even watch a recreated scene from Australia's ancient past.
Other animal exhibits include spiders, mammals, frogs, dangerous Australia, birds, fishes, insects, reptiles, worms, jellyfish, anemones and corals, Australian bats, wildlife of Sydney, search and research hands-on exhibit, sea squirts and sea tulips, molluscs, sea stars and sea urchins, plankton, crustaceans, centipedes and millipedes, and the Australian extinct animals exhibit.
Culture exhibits feature Indigenous Pacific collections, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections, World Culture collections, Balinese Arts, Coastal Sydney People displays, and Ancient Egypt to name a few.
When you think that is all, there is still more to explore, discover, learn and be in awe with. Surviving Australia, Pacific Spirit, Birds of Australia, Minerals, Kidspace, are other exhibitions and displays to explore. Along with special exhibitions and the newest permanent exhibit: Wild Planet. Wild Planet is an exhibit featuring 400 spectacular and diverse animals on earth.
The museum is a great way to discover and learn the history of zoological and anthropological histories with its collections.
The museum also features a museum walk, library and research centre, No. 1 William cafe which is located on Level 4 and offers views of the city and harbour- It is open from 9:30am-3pm. High Tea is also served at No. 1 William and the Garden Shed cafe which serves crepes, coffees, ice cream and pastries in the lush green garden.
There is also Kids at the Museum which features many child-friendly activities including Dinosnore Sleepovers, Tiny Tots Playgroup, Mini Explorers Playgroup, Kidspace and it is free entry for children under 16 years!
Be sure to add Australian Museum to your list of things to see, do and discover in Sydney.