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by Ashleigh Dwyer (subscribe)
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Published April 1st 2013
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The Australian Museum is Sydney's oldest Museum and was Sydney's first public museum. It was made in 1827 and since then they have collected many monuments and pieces of history which will be kept there for many years to come. Over time this museum has been called many names, when it was first built it was called the Sydney Museum or the Colonial Museum, however it is now known as the Australian Museum, after it became formally recognised under this name in 1836.

The Australian Museum collects rare specimens which have formed a part of the Natural history of Sydney and Australia, where people from all over Australia, and the world come to visit the spectacular pieces of history which are housed in the museum. Originally the pieces that have formed the collection of history artifacts in the museum were housed in many different places around Sydney until a man called Mortimer Lewis came up with the design for the museum building.

The Australian Museum has undergone extensive renovations since it was first built to meet the demands of the ever growing collection and the people interested in observing pieces of our history. New exhibitions have been made, and in 2008 there was a new wing added to the museum which is used to house the scientific collections of the museum.

There is an extensive collection housed at the museum, which has now been acknowledged as an internationally recognised collection which contains over 18 million scientific and cultural pieces of history.

The museum creates an interest for young people, adults and elderly people to amaze all those people of the spectacular flora and fauna which are unique and precious to Australian history and culture.

For those who are interested in going to the Australian Museum it is located on the corner of College Street and William Street, just across the road from Hyde Park and also opposite St Mary's Cathedral. There are three train stations in the vicinity of the museum, St James, Museum and Town Hall, all within the same distance. The museum is also located on the Sydney Cycleways Network which means easy access to the museum by bike. There are bus services which arrive just 10 minutes away from the museum. If you want to drive there are three parking stations within walking distance - secure parking on Riley Street, Domain Car Park on St Marys Road and Enacon Parking on Cathedral Street.

The museum has toilets conveniently located on every level, as well as nappy changing facilities for those parents with kids. An ATM is also located for your convenience. Lockers are also available to store your belongings. Opening hours are from 9:30am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day.

If natural history is something you are interested in, or you just want to get out and explore in the city then The Australian Museum is a great place for you.
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Why? Australian Natural History
When: 9.30am to 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day
Phone: 612 9320 6000
Where: 6 College St Sydney, NSW 2010
Cost: Range between $6 and $30. Certain entitlement card holders admission is free
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